From friends to becoming parents: Timeline of Rihanna-A$AP Rocky's relationship
Late on Monday, pop star Rihanna virtually shook the world when news broke out the Diamonds singer was pregnant with her first child with rapper A$AP Rocky. She did the reveal by walking the New York City streets, with her baby bump on full display. After going official with their relationship in 2021, the pair has sure come a long way. Here's a timeline.
It was in September 2012 when the Umbrella maker roped in the rapper for a performance at the MTV VMAs. The next year, Rihanna starred in Rocky's Fashion Killa music video with US Weekly reporting the two were spotted kissing during the shoot of this video. When asked about their relationship rumors, the F**kin' Problems crooner denied them, saying, "I'm just cool with her."
The Babushka Boi rapper reiterated in 2015 that romance between him and RiRi "never happened." Speaking to Hot97, he noted: "[Relationship is] 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." After this, both made public appearances through the years—at Paris Fashion Week and Rihanna's annual Diamond Ball.
The two remained steady friends and collaborated often. Like in July 2020, the Love the Way You Lie singer got the 33-year-old rapper to promote her Fenty Skin line. The same year, however, a report said the pair was "hooking up" following Rihanna's breakup with Saudi businessman Hassan Jameel. In August 2020 came the famous Vogue interview where Rocky asked the hitmaker 15 questions.
People magazine confirmed the two stars were indeed dating in November 2020. But neither commented on this, casually going on about holidays and dates. Official confirmation only came on May 19, 2021, when Rocky called Rihanna "the love of my life" in a GQ interview. In September, they debuted at Met Gala together, turning heads. And, cut to January 31, 2022, they are expecting!
Speaking about kids in March 2020, the Fenty Beauty founder had said she envisioned having three or four of them. And, this was her plan irrespective of whether she found a partner, because, "the only thing that matters [in a parent-child relationship] is happiness."