Welcome Rihanna and A$AP Rocky to the club of power couples that will inevitably go down in history. The longtime friends have reportedly made their romance official after months of dating rumours and years of being at each other’s side.
Below, we track how their relationship blossomed from friendship to romance. Here’s everything to know so far.
August 2021: Rihanna and Rocky are in it for the long haul.
According to People, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky have no plans of slowing down their romance.
“They are crazy about each other,” a source told the outlet, confirming that the couple are looking at their relationship “for the long term.”
“This romance evolved since they were friends first. They already knew and respected each other and it has just grown from there,” another source revealed, adding that the pair had “[built] a great foundation” for their relationship.
“They loved to laugh and have a blast together before they even dated,” the source continued. “All of that makes for a solid romance now.”
May 19, 2021: A$AP Rocky discloses his feelings for Rihanna.
Rocky leaves no confusion in the air during an interview with GQ: He and Rihanna are a serious item, and he is absolutely smitten with her.
In addition to calling Rihanna both “my lady” and “the love of my life,” the “PMW” rapper revealed that the two rented a tour bus last summer and embarked on a “Great American Road Trip,” which had a significant hand in strengthening their bond. “I met myself,” he said of the trip. “Being able to drive and do a tour without feeling like it was an occupation or an obligated job agreement, I feel like that experience is like none other,” Rocky recalled. “I never experienced nothing like it.”
A$AP Rocky acknowledges his past as a shameless ladies’ man, but upon being asked what it’s like to be in a relationship, he responded, “So much better when you got the One. She amounts to probably, like, a million of the other ones. I think when you know, you know. She’s the One.” Cue the waterworks.
April 12, 2021: Rihanna and A$AP Rocky go on a dinner date at Delilah in Los Angeles.
The two indulge the paparazzi with their public rendezvous at Delilah in Los Angeles. Both were spotted leaving the restaurant wearing matching leather ensembles—he in a simple black leather jacket and pants, she in a brown vintage leather fur coat from Archive.
The pair have been reportedly inseparable since last summer. Although Rocky has been infatuated with Rihanna for years, they went official in the summer of 2020, according to a source. “Things changed over the summer and they finally hooked up. They’ve been together ever since,” the insider told Us Weekly.
January 2021: Rihanna publicly supports A$AP Rocky’s footwear in an Instagram photo.
On Instagram, Rihanna wears a metallic bikini and cover-up skirt, in addition to strappy heels designed by Rocky himself in collaboration with footwear designer Amina Muaddi: the Amina Muaddi x AWGE LSD Gladi Thigh Heel.
“New year’s resolution: apply the pressure,” she captioned the image. This simple gesture testifies to Rihanna’s continuing public support of her man.
Late December 2020: Rihanna and A$AP Rocky show some PDA in Barbados.
A$AP Rocky and Rihanna are continuing their Barbados Christmas getaway. The singer was spotted getting cozy with her new beau atop a yacht for a beach-bound date, wearing a sexy emerald-green slipdress and sporting her signature mullet for the occasion.
A source revealed to Entertainment Tonight that due to their longstanding friendship, which existed before the pair decided to become romantic, a trip back to Barbados to meet Rihanna’s family was bound to happen.
“They’ve known each other for so long as friends and in a work setting, which makes it so easy for them to get along, travel together and be involved in each other’s lives to the full extent,” a source told ET. “They always have such a good time together and definitely seem in love.”
December 24, 2020: Rihanna and A$AP Rocky take a Christmas Eve cruise in Barbados.
Perhaps proving that their relationship is getting pretty serious, A$AP Rocky joined Rihanna and her family in Barbados for Christmas. According to People, a source revealed, “Rihanna has been in Barbados since [last] Thursday … A$AP joined her and they are spending Christmas together with Rihanna’s family.”
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According to the publication, the couple took a romantic “Catamaran sunset cruise” on Christmas Eve.
December 9, 2020: Rihanna and A$AP Rocky are “inseparable.”
A source for People revealed how happy Rihanna is with her new beau.”They’ve been inseparable the past few weeks,” the insider said. “It’s a new relationship, but they both seem very into it.”
Though Rihanna’s last relationship with Saudi billionaire Hassan Jameel allegedly ended due to their different lifestyles, no such conflict seems to exist between Rihanna and Rocky. “They’ve always seemed to have a great time together,” added the source. “They have a lot in common. … They both are very much about helping out in the communities where they grew up.”
The insider continued, “A$AP is generous, and so is Rihanna. A$AP is known for being a great guy.”
Though Rihanna and Rocky have yet to acknowledge the dating rumours publicly, the source relayed that Rihanna is all in. “Rihanna seems very happy dating A$AP.”
December 2, 2020: Rihanna and A$AP Rocky take a winter night walk together.
Though both Rihanna and Rocky have remained tight-lipped in regard to the dating rumours, the duo were spotted strolling New York City together at night, per new paparazzi photos published at TMZ. Both were bundled up in winter puff jackets and face masks.
December 2020: Rihanna and A$AP Rocky are spotted in New York City, with reports alleging that the two have made their relationship official.
News that Rihanna and Rocky have finally taken their relationship to the next level was reported by Page Six, which said that the pair were spotted at the Beatrice Inn in New York City. People then reported that a source confirmed the romance.
August 26, 2020: The two collaborate to promote Fenty Skin.
“Men love their skin, and they take care of it, but they feel obligated almost to only use products that are for men because anything beyond that feels too feminine, it’s not for them, they’re not allowed, they don’t have permission,” Rihanna told her friend in the video.
Rocky also got candid about his skin care routine in the video. “I had to discover face cleansing and skin care all at the same time when I was a young buck in the shower,” he said. “You can’t wash your body with the same rag you wash your face with. I was lucky enough to be the type of guy that wants to wash my face.”
Rocky was also featured in promo shots for the new line, in which he posed alongside Rihanna.
January 2020: Rihanna and her longtime boyfriend split, and rumours that Rihanna and Rocky are an item begin to swirl.
By the beginning of the New Year, reports said that the Fenty Beauty founder had split from Hassan Jameel, her boyfriend of three years.
A source told People that the breakup was due to the two not being a “good match.” An insider also told the outlet, “Their lives were too different and it was hard to maintain a relationship.”
Rumors that Rihanna was linked to A$AP Rocky then began to swirl.
“They shared a hotel suite during that trip in New York,” a source told The Sun at the time. “However, Rihanna is reluctant to put a label on it as it’s so soon after Hassan. They’re really enjoying each other’s company and taking things easy as it’s still early days.”
The insider added, “It’s really casual between them and she’s not thinking about whether there’s a future with Rocky. She’s a newly-single girl having fun.”
Another source pushed back against the rumours. “Rihanna is single,” the insider told E! News. “She just got out of a long intense relationship with Hassan. She’s wants to be single and isn’t going to jump into something. She’s hanging out with ASAP Rocky, but she is not dating him.”
December 2, 2019: They attend the Fashion Awards in London.
The friends walked the red carpet together at the British Fashion Awards.
Rihanna wore a mint-green satin dress by her fashion brand, Fenty, and accessorised with a matching wrap, gloves, and heels. She topped the look off with a diamond choker necklace. Rocky also supported the singer’s fashion endeavours by stepping out in a black suit by Fenty.
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September 12, 2019: Rocky again attends Rihanna’s Diamond Ball.
For the second consecutive year, the rapper was again a guest at Rihanna’s annual Diamond Ball.
September 13, 2018: Rihanna invites Rocky to her annual Diamond Ball.
Rihanna’s Diamond Ball doubles as the fashion affair of the year and a charitable event, as it supports funds to the Clara Lionel Foundation, the organization she founded to support educational programs across the globe.
Rocky made his debut at the fourth annual Diamond Ball, for which he wore a sleek black suit and diamond stud earrings.
June 21, 2018: The two attend a Louis Vuitton show together.
The duo sat in the front row of a Louis Vuitton show during Paris Fashion Week, showing how closely they’ve maintained their friendship over the years.
June 2017: Rihanna starts dating billionaire Hassan Jameel, and Rocky has his eyes on Kendall Jenner.
The singer entered a serious relationship with Hassan Jameel, the Toyota heir and a billionaire from Saudi Arabia. Throughout the rest of their relationship, Rihanna and Jameel would keep a low profile.
Around the same time, Rocky was romantically linked to supermodel Kendall Jenner.
2013: Rocky joins Rihanna’s tour.
The rapper joined the North American leg of Rihanna’s Diamonds World Tour, performing as her opening act.
2012: Rocky and Rihanna collaborate together.
Rocky was featured in a remix of Rihanna’s single “Cockiness (Love It),” a song about the singer’s sexual dominance over her partner. It includes suggestive lyrics, like, “I can be your dominatrix / Just submit to my every order / Enter my diamond matrix / Devour my golden flower.”
After the song’s release, the duo performed together at the MTV Video Music Awards.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.