We can hardly contain our excitement with the latest from the celebrity relationship rumor mill: Rihanna and Drake are maybe-probably back together! Neither singer's camp has confirmed or denied a relationship, but with the pair spotted together all across Europe over the past month or so, we can't help but think these two have rekindled their romance.
Read on for a timeline of their relationship, from their first dates in 2009 to their longtime friendship… and more.
2009-2010: Relationship Beginnings
May 18, 2009: The date where it all began! Drake, still relatively unknown, is spotted out with RiRi at Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge in New York. A source tells Page Six, “She was drinking whiskey and apple juice and making out with him all night… They were really cute together.”
Drake is her first rumored beau after an especially terrible, violent breakup with Chris Brown earlier that year.
June 15, 2009: RiRi and Drake are spotted together again, this time at an after-party for the film Year One. Once again, Page Six had a source with the scoop: “She and Drake were attached at the hip… They are definitely together, but really trying to be discreet.”
May 26, 2010: The Drake single "Fireworks," featuring Alicia Keys, is released. Remember how he and RiRi went to Lucky Strike Lanes? Check out these lyrics: "Who coulda predicted Lucky Strike would have you stuck with me? What happened between us that night, it always seems to trouble me." Yikes.
When asked about the song in the New York Times a couple of weeks later, Drake would say he "was a pawn." “You know what she was doing to me? She was doing exactly what I’ve done to so many women throughout my life, which is show them quality time, then disappear,” he admits. “I was like, wow, this feels terrible.”
2010-2012: What's My Name and Take Care
October 26, 2010: Drake is featured on Rihanna's super-sexy single "What's My Name," released in advance of her 2010 album Loud. "The only thing we have on is the radio"? "Say my name, say my name, wear it out/It's getting hot, crack a window, air it out"? Ummph.
Rihanna, for the record, was dating baseball player Matt Kemp at the time.
November 12, 2010: Rihanna and Drake cuddle up in the sexy-cute video for "What's My Name."
November 18, 2010: Rihanna denies breaking Drake's heart on Power 105.1's morning show. “I would definitely say, that was wrong, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about,” RiRi says. She goes onto say that Drake's an ideal partner… in music. “We just became friends and we left it at that. We get along really well. Drake has a youthful thing about him and he is very melodic with the way he writes and I felt I needed someone like that for ‘What's My Name.'”
February 13, 2011: With Rihanna no longer dating Matt Kemp, Drake and Rihanna's steamy performance of "What's My Name" at the 2011 Grammy awards raises tons of eyebrows — the pair's chemistry is still going strong. They'd reprise the performance for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game a week later.
October 2011: Although they're active collaborators at this point, Drake finally opens up about his and Rihanna's previous relationship in a 2011 interview with Elle. When asked if RiRi hurt him, he responds, "At the time it hurt, but she didn't mean to. I'll never put that on her. I was hurt because I started to slowly realize what it was. I guess I thought it was more."
He continues, "That was the first girl with any fame that paid me any mind. You spend days reading about this person in the magazines. All of a sudden you have this number-one song and you're at some birthday party and there she is. And you're just some naive kid from Toronto staying in some s—y-ass hotel who got invited to this party on a whim. That's just how it happened."
November 15, 2011: Drake's second studio album, Take Care, is released — with a title track featuring RiRi about two damaged people beginning a relationship together. Everyone gets all shippy! The song broke out as a single on February 21, 2012, and reached number 7 on theBillboard Hot 100.
April 6, 2012: The intimate video for "Take Care" is released, featuring a shoulder-baring Rihanna cuddling up to Drake in a stark black and white. Their chemistry is intense, and we all wonder why this pair ever called it quits in the first place.
2012-2013: Chris Brown Love Triangle and the Infamous Nightclub Brawl
June 13-14, 2012: Things come to a head between Rihanna's two main dudes when Drake and Chris are both seated at the same nightclub… and chaos ensues. Reports are fuzzy, but witnesses tell TMZ that both men and their entourages were sitting in the VIP section when they started yelling at each other. Eventually, reports say, the yelling escalates to shoving, and then a fight erupts after a bottle is thrown.
Chris receives a nasty gash on the chin during an incident, and tweets a photo of the injury (which he later deletes), including the caption, "How u party wit rich n—s that hate? Lol... Throwing bottles like girls? #shameonya!"
Also among the injured are an Australian woman named Hollie, who says she had sixteen stitches and a tetanus shot after the incident, and basketball player Tony Parker, who says he suffered a scratched retina.
Rapper Meek Mill, also present at the nightclub, tells XXL a few days afterwards that neither Chris or Drake were to blame. “Things just happen in the club," he says. "I seen girls in there throwing bottles ... All types of people. I never seen Chris Brown or Drake throw a bottle and I was there.”
A lawsuit filed by Chris's bodyguard would later allege that the fight started over "a heated, acrimonious, and ongoing rivalry for the affections of Rihanna," and that things came to blows that night when “Drake requested that a person employed by [the bar] as a server, who was providing… excessive amounts of intoxicating beverages, deliver a note to Chris Brown. The note stated, 'I am f—king the love of your life.'”
February 10, 2013: Having reconciled in September 2012, Chris and Rihanna have just broken up — again — and a source tells The Sun that it's over Drake.
"Chris and Rihanna had a big bust-up at the Grammys over Drake. She was messaging him and Chris saw and it didn't go down well," dishes the source. "Since that night they have barely spoken and have been doing their own things."
March 9, 2013: Chris celebrates International Women's Day by addressing all the men in a club full of people: "You gotta say one thing to her… 'Don't make me have to tell you again that that's my p—y, baby." After his rant, Chris flips a double-bird at a DJ who is spinning his rival’s music and says, "The DJ can play this s—, but I want you all to know, f—k Drake!"
April 12, 2013: In an interview with Elliott Wilson on the Keep It Thoro radio show, Drake lets loose on his feud with Chris… and how it relates to their mutual ladyfriend Rihanna.
"His insecurities are the fact that I make better music than him, that I'm more popping than him and that at one point in life the woman that he loves fell into my lap," Drake says. "I did what a real n—a would do and treated her with respect."
June 2013: Drake, while discussing his feud with Chris in GQ, says, "I get a feeling it could end really badly." It's unclear whether he's talking about his and Chris's feud, or Rihanna's safety.
2013: Are They or Aren't They?
July 3, 2013: Rihanna's buddy Melissa Ford posts a video to Instagram of RiRi dancing to Drake's verse in A$AP Rocky's "F—in' Problems." It may or may not have been a dig at Chris, with whom Rihanna had called it quits again that May, but obviously she's diggin' what he's doing.
July 10, 2013: Rumors once again resurface of another try for Rihanna and Drake, thanks to a source for Hollywood Life. “When she was dating Chris, he [asked her not to talk] to Drake,” dishes the source. “She really missed him in that time — yes, they went out years before but he was also a good friend to her — so calling him was one of the first things she did when she realized she was over Chris.”
“[Drake's been] waiting patiently on the sidelines," the source adds. "Just over a month ago, Drake gave Rihanna an ultimatum. He told her he needed to move on if she wasn’t going to commit. His love life was paused when Chris and Rihanna reunited, and Drake claims it caused him stress headaches, writer’s block and anxiety. He was obviously sick of it, but Rihanna wasn’t ready for him."
August 23, 2013: RiRi and Drake are spotted together at the Sons of Essex restaurant in New York City, according to the restaurant's chef, as well as a fellow diner, on Twitter. An eyewitness told Life & Style that the pair "even shared a kiss."
September 20, 2013: Drake crushes all our dreams on Ellen, when asked by host Ellen DeGeneres about him and RiRi.
"Yeah, great girl…” Drake starts, uncomfortably. “We had our moment. Always support and have love for her and yeah …"
Drake cuts himself off. "I heard myself saying something else and I know I'm going to watch it back and be like, 'That wasn't what I thought I said...'"
When offered a do-over, he comes out with, "I'm not into do-overs. In any way." Yikes. Ouch. Sad faces.
October 25, 2013: Rihanna makes a Drake reference when posting her Medusa-inspired British GQ cover to Instagram. "Medusa head on me like I'm 'luminati," she says, which is from Drake's verse in the Migos song "Versace."
November 19, 2013: The rumor mill places Drake and Rihanna at dinner and then a hotel together, after the two coincidentally both have tour dates in Dallas the same weekend.
2014: The European Rumored Romance Tour
February 2014: Amid renewed romance rumors, Drake denies dating Rihanna in an interview with Rolling Stone, which was published online February 13. "She's the ultimate fantasy. I mean, I think about it. Like, 'Man, that would be good.' We have fun together, she's cool and s—. But we're just friends. That's my dog for life."
"Ultimate fantasy," huh, Drake?
February 13, 2014: Drake reportedly sends champagne and white roses to Rihanna's mom for Valentine's Day, who we all know RiRi is totally besties with. Awwww!
February 24-25, 2014: Drake and Rihanna are spotted canoodling in Paris, where Drake is performing. Not just once, either — reports of RiRi and Drake lasted all weekend long! The pair were spotted at a restaurant one night, then the next evening at a nightclub… and the Hyatt Hotel. Oooooh! Maybe she was charmed by that "ultimate fantasy" comment?
February 26, 2014: This time, Drake and RiRi's public appearance was on-purpose! Right after the pair are spotted galavanting about the City of Light, video footage surfaces of Rihanna grinding on Drake at his concert the night before. It's really, really hot, you guys.
March 7, 2014: Next stop: Amsterdam! Drake and RiRi threw on their warmest coats and grabbed sushi together in the Netherlands capitol.
March 8, 2014: No word from Drake or RiRi's reps on the rumored rekindling of their romance yet, but Rihanna's ex Chris Brown's rep told Page Six, "[Chris] is focused about his recovery. He only wants the best for her and is happy that she found someone.”
March 9-10, 2014: Drake and Rihanna continue their European rumored-romance tour with a stop in London! The singers were spotted getting dinner in the UK on Sunday, March 9, and once again, the pair left the restaurant separately — sneaky, but not sneaky enough! The next night, the duo hit the Cirque le Soir nightclub in Soho together.
March 11, 2014: The pair appear to be traveling together! After being seen together in Paris, Amsterdam, and London, Rihanna and Drake are spotted leaving a club in Manchester in the wee hours of the morning… holding hands.
What do you think — are Rihanna and Drake meant to be? Let it all out in the comments!