- A$AP Rocky and Rihanna have been close friends and collaborators for nearly a decade.
- The “Sundress” rapper confirmed their relationship in May 2021, calling Rihanna “the one.”
- Below, you’ll find a complete timeline of their friendship-turned-romance.
Rihanna and A$AP Rocky have been close for nearly a decade, although their relationship recently turned romantic.
While Rihanna has made hit songs like “Work” and “We Found Love” — as well as launched billion-dollar companies like Savage X Fenty and Fenty Beauty — A$AP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, has also built a formidable reputation in the music industry with hits like “F**kin’ Problems.”
Here’s a complete timeline of Rihanna and A$AP Rocky’s relationship.
Ashley Simone Johnson contributed reporting to this article.
September 2012: They performed together at the MTV VMAs
The duo first paired up when Rihanna tapped Rocky to feature on the remix of her song, “Cockiness (Love It).”
They performed their remix together onstage at the VMAs, where Rocky grabbed Rihanna’s butt and gave her a peck on the cheek.
March 8, 2013: Rocky joined Rihanna on tour
Rihanna recruited the “Goldie” rapper to be her opening act on the Diamonds World Tour.
The tour included 28 stops and ended on May 5, 2013.
April 10, 2013: Rocky denied dating rumors
“Yeah, I expected people to say that me and Rihanna were sleeping around. We’re just cool,” he told MTV. “Man, dudes be tryin’ to front like they tappin’ Rihanna’s [anatomy] and all that, but they don’t be hittin’ it.”
“I aint hittin’ it either. I’m just cool with her. I don’t even look at her like that. She’s sexy, but I’m good,” he continued.
“That’s really a friend. She supports me, man. She’s bringing me out, she ain’t have to do that. That girl came to my Coachella a year ago. I got nothing but love for Rih Rih; that’s the homey right there. I ain’t tryin’ to get in no trouble with no Rihanna rumors.”
September 2013: Rihanna starred in Rocky’s ‘Fashion Killa’ music video
Rihanna starred as Rocky’s love interest in his video for “Fashion Killa,” a single from his debut studio album “Long. Live. A$AP.”
In an interview with 106 & Park, the rapper was asked why he chose Rihanna to be in his video, to which he replied, “She’s a fashion killa in my eyes. I respect her jigginess. I respect her fashion sense.”
He added: “The chemistry was just organic. We were cool, we were chilling, it was whatever. We were faded. We were having fun.”
While filming the music video, they took to Instagram to post “couple-y” behind-the-scenes photos, according to Teen Vogue.
At this time, however, Rocky was reportedly dating Chanel Iman.
May 27, 2015: Rocky discussed his breakup with Iman and his relationship with Rihanna
“I was so in love. To this day, it’s all good. I think for me, we’re young and it was something that was so real that it was so serious,” he explained. “I would say perfect girl, wrong time. I’m not OK with losing her, but that’s the way of the world. It’s not meant to work right now.”
When asked about a potential romance with Rihanna, he replied, “It never happened. If it happened, then it would have happened. We didn’t do that.”
He added: “You never know. That’s not what I’m looking forward to. I’m looking forward to the friendship that I already have with all these females because life is so complicated.”
June 2018: They were photographed looking cozy during Paris Fashion Week
The pair sat side-by-side while front row at a Louis Vuitton show. They were photographed smiling and getting close, Rocky’s arm draped around Rihanna.
September 2018: Rocky attended Rihanna’s Diamond Ball
January 2019: Rocky opened up about his love life
During an interview on The Angie Martinez Show, Rocky confirmed he was in a new relationship with a “regular” girl.
“I prefer long-term friendships and relationships and acquaintances as opposed to one-night stands or just going out with somebody, then having them be your ex and hating them,” he said. “That’s why, for me, if I get involved with a female, nine times out of 10, she’s going to be in my life from that point moving forward.”
Later that year, Rocky revealed he’s “been a sex addict for some time.”
“These are things people stay away from, they don’t like to admit. I can’t be embarrassed about it. I wear my heart on my sleeve. I won’t do nothing that I’m not proud speaking of,” he told Martinez during an episode of “Untold Stories of Hip Hop.”
When Martinez asked if he’s “capable of a monogamous relationship,” Rocky replied, “Yes, of course.”
September 2019: Rocky attended the Diamond Ball again
The “Babushka Boi” rapper came out to support his friend’s charity event for the second year in a row.
December 2, 2019: Rocky and Rihanna posed together at the British Fashion Awards
The superstars were by each other’s sides for yet another event, posing together on the red carpet at the British Fashion Awards.
Rihanna shared an Instagram post for the occasion, in which she thanked Rocky for being so supportive of her business endeavors.
Her caption read: “And thank you @asaprocky for representing us on the carpet and always being so supportive of @Fenty !!”
December 11, 2019: Rihanna attended Rocky’s Stockholm concert
Shortly after Rihanna was reportedly hanging out with Rocky’s entourage after his Rolling Loud set in New York City, the beauty mogul was spotted in the crowd at the “Everyday” rapper’s concert in Sweden.
January 17, 2020: They hung out at the 2020 Yams Day Benefit Concert
On the heels of her split from Jameel, Rihanna was seen hanging out with Rocky and Drake at the annual charity concert, which Rocky organizes and headlines with his musical group, A$AP Mob.
Later that same day, Rihanna and Rocky were photographed sharing laughs while attending a concert in New York, according to The Sun.
February 11, 2020: They had a meal together at Nice Guy amid reports of ‘hooking up’
The pair organized a clandestine meet-up at West Hollywood restaurant Nice Guy. According to OK! Magazine, they arrived separately and Rocky kept his hood over his head throughout dinner.
A few days prior, an anonymous source told Us Weekly, “Rihanna and A$AP are hanging out and hooking up. They’re having fun and have always had chemistry.”
July 2020: Rihanna recruited Rocky for her Fenty Skin campaign
The two artists did a photoshoot together to promote the Fenty Beauty founder’s new skincare line.
August 26, 2020: Rocky interviewed Rihanna for Vogue
During a filmed Vogue interview, the two seemed giddy and couldn’t stop laughing as Rihanna answered 15 questions from Rocky, mainly about fashion and skincare.
At one point, Rihanna told the rapper he had “pretty skin.”
She also asked him about the hardest part about working on her Fenty Skin campaign was, to which he replied, “I think the hardest part about working with you is not goofin’ off and laughing the whole time.”
“Like, this shit is comedy. That’s the hardest part,” he continued. “You know, people be so cool it’s hard not to, not to laugh. That’s all. But it was fun. The hardest part is not having too much fun. You just forget that it’s still, you know, work at the end of the day.”
At the end of the interview, Rocky thanked Rihanna for “identifying my beauty as a man.”
“I appreciate you, like for real, for real,” he continued. “It was good catching up with you and everything.”
Late 2020: They grabbed dinner in New York and strolled around the city together
In November, Rihanna and Rocky were seen getting dinner with a group of friends at the Beatrice Inn, a restaurant in the West Village, according to Page Six.
In December, the couple was spotted walking side-by-side at night, wearing winter coats and masks.
An anonymous source told People, “they’ve been inseparable the past few weeks,” adding, “it’s a new relationship, but they both seem very into it.”
December 29, 2020: The two were spotted vacationing together in Barbados
During the Christmas holiday, the couple vacationed in Rihanna’s home country Barbados, according to TMZ.
The pair were seen jet skiing, tubing, and going on dinner dates. They were also photographed kissing on a boat, all but confirming their romantic relationship.
While there, the singer shared a video on Instagram of some island cuisine, catered by local restaurant SweetToDeBone.
January 19, 2021: They dined again in New York City
The couple was seen getting dinner with a group of friends at the Italian restaurant Emilio’s Ballato, according to E! News.
“Everyone gathered together for dinner and to share stories,” a source told the news outlet. “There was lots of food passed around the table and laughter coming from inside. They stayed for over two hours before leaving separately. Rihanna left with friends and avoided being seen with Rocky.”
April 13, 2021: The couple attended a dinner party in Los Angeles
The singer and rapper were spotted yet again attending dinner together, this time at LA hotspot Delilah, according to US Weekly.
To make matters more interesting, the dinner party was hosted by Drake, according to Complex.
Rihanna kept it low-key with sunglasses and a face mask on, while Rocky walked behind her in leather trousers and a bomber jacket.
May 19, 2021: Rocky confirmed their romantic relationship and called Rihanna ‘the one’
In an interview with GQ, the rapper called Rihanna “my lady” and “the love of my life,” officially confirming the dating rumors.
He even gave details about being in a relationship with the “Needed Me” hitmaker.
“So much better when you got ‘the one.’ She amounts to probably, like, a million of the other ones,” he said. “I think when you know, you know. She’s the one.”
He also revealed that Rihanna had “absolutely” inspired some of his new music and has given feedback on his working projects.
“It’s important to have somebody that you can bounce those creative juices and ideas off of. It’s just a different point of view,” he said.
June 27, 2021: Rocky swept Rihanna off her feet
During a date night in Manhattan, the self-described “Pretty Boy Flacko” scooped Rihanna up and carried her through the Lower East Side, according to TMZ.
July 10, 2021: Rihanna and Rocky were spotted filming a new project in New York City
The two were seen hugging and holding hands as they took a stroll through the Bronx with a film crew.
The following day, the couple was photographed sitting and smiling on a fire escape in the same borough, film crew on hand.
They coordinated with colorful, fuzzy attire: Rihanna donned a pink oversized coat, while Rocky wore a puffy green Eskimo hat.
July 24, 2021: The pair traveled to Miami together
Rihanna and Rocky visited Miami’s World Famous House of Mac and had dinner with the restaurant’s owner Derrick Turton, according to the Daily Mail.
After dinner, they embraced each other and posed for photos with Turton.
September 6, 2021: Nicki Minaj posted a photo with Rihanna and Rocky
The happy couple spent an evening hanging out at the Petty residence, posing for a cozy photo on the sofa with Minaj, as well as her husband and son.
Minaj posted the group shot on Instagram, writing in the caption, “Love her downnnnnnn.” She also added the hashtags “Queen Rih” and “Caribbean girls run it.”
September 13, 2021: They made their red carpet debut as a couple at the Met Gala
The couple arrived late to the famed fundraiser, but made plenty of time to pose together on the red carpet.
The Fenty Beauty founder wore an all-black Balenciaga ensemble for the “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” theme. In contrast, the stylish rapper wore wore a patterned multicolored quilt designed by ERL.
He later took off the quilt to reveal a suit underneath, while his girlfriend looked on lovingly.
It was the first time Rihanna had made an official public appearance with a man since the 2013 Grammy Awards.