Rihanna and A$AP Rocky's Relationship Timeline

The couple is expecting their second child.

Rihanna and A$AP Rocky

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It’s been said that friendships make for the best relationships, and if Rihanna (née Robyn Rihanna Fenty) and A$AP Rocky (born Rakim Athelaston Mayers) are any indication, there’s a lot of truth to the old adage. The twosome, who started out as pals and musical collaborators from as far back as 2012, have come full circle with their relationship, and, according to the rapper, their romance is the real deal. Relive every steamy milestone they’ve shared on their journey from friends to coupledom. Read on for a complete timeline of Rihanna and A$AP Rocky's relationship.

  • Their flirtation can be traced back as far as Coachella 2012.
  • The pair remained friends for years before becoming official.
  • The Dope actor was previously engaged to Chanel Iman.
  • A$AP Rocky recently called his significant other “the love of his life” in May 2021, telling GQ that life is “so much better when you got The One.”
  • The two were spotted looking very much in love while shooting a music video in July 2021, giving a clear green light to confirm their relationship.
  • Rihanna showed off her baby bump, confirming the couple is expecting their first child, in January 2022.
  • On May 13, 2022, Rihanna gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy.
  • During Rihanna's Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show performance, the singer debuted a baby bump; her reps later confirmed that the couple are expecting another child.
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April 2012: Sparks Fly

While it’s unclear exactly when the pair first met, Ryan Seacrest, disclosed on his radio show, “On Air With Ryan Seacrest,” that RiRi made time to take in the rapper's Coachella set in-between hanging out with Katy Perry at the music festival—and then some. "The pair apparently got cozy in the VIP section, sipping on rum and champagne and flirting a little bit," Seacrest reportedly revealed.

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September 2012: Making Sweet Music

Five months later, A$AP Rocky appeared on a remixed version of Rihanna’s single for “Cockiness,” putting his own 42-second spin on the tune.

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September 6, 2012: A Very Public Display of Affection

The musical conspirators came together onstage at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards with a shared performance of their tune that culminated in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it peck. (Fast-forward to the two-minute and 41-second mark to see it in action!)

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March 8, 2013: Sharing the Stage

The Savage x Fenty creator kicked off her Diamonds world tour at the height of her musical career in March 2013—and her supporting act was none other than her music festival crush.

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September 23, 2013: Putting on a Show

If you mistook the musicians for a couple in A$AP Rocky’s 2013 music video for “Fashion Killa,” you certainly wouldn’t be alone—and that was kind of the point. The entrepreneur played the "Purple Swag" creator's love interest in the clip, snuggling up together and holding his hand throughout the 4:31-second mini-movie. Despite any buzz the video may have generated, however, it was all for show: A$AP Rocky didn't call off his engagement to Chanel Iman, whom he reportedly began dating earlier that year, for another 13 months. 

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July 21, 2018: Picture Perfect

Rihanna and A$AP Rocky gaze lovingly into each other's eyes while sitting front row at a fashion show.

Though the twosome explored relationships with other people—in addition to Iman, A$AP Rocky was famously linked to Iggy Azalea and Kendall Jenner, while Rihanna reportedly spent time with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Travis Scott, Drake, and Hassan Jameel—the musicians looked very much a couple at the Louis Vuitton menswear fashion show in Paris in 2018.

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September 12, 2019: All Smiles

Rihanna dons an all-black ensemble and places a hand on friend A$AP Rocky's shoulder as he grabs her waist.

A$AP Rocky showed up to support Rihanna at her fifth annual Diamond Ball—an annual charity event that the business mogul puts on to support her global relief and education fund, the Clara Lionel Foundation. There, they shared a sweet moment that was captured by photogs.

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December 2, 2019: A Red Carpet Debut

Rihanna is all smiles in a mint green mini-dress with a sheer overthrow next to A$AP Rocky

The then-friends took things one step further the following year when they hit the red carpet arm-in-arm for the 2019 British Fashion Awards.

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Jan 17, 2020: A Fresh Start

The old pals could be seen sharing a laugh together in New York City the same day that Us Weekly reported the Ocean's Thirteen actress had called it quits with her long-time boyfriend, Hassan Jameel. According to the publication, fans spotted her and A$AP Rocky backstage at a Yams Day Benefit concert.

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February 2020: More Than Friends

While initial reports indicated that the pair's relationship was purely platonic following Rihanna’s high-profile split from Hassan, the narrative quickly changed. Us Weekly reported that they had started “hanging out and hooking up" together. "They’re having fun and have always had chemistry,” a source told the magazine.

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July 19, 2020: Low-Key Love

The “Wild for the Night” singer made a subtle appearance on Rihanna’s social media account in July. “That’s right, baby… @fentyskin is for fellas too,” she captioned a flawless shot while promoting the brand together.

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Summer 2020: Hitting the Open Road

A$AP Rocky revealed to GQ in May 2021 that he and Rihanna had driven cross-country from Los Angeles to New York City in the summer of 2020, making pitstops in Texas and Memphis, Tennessee, to name a few. Their agenda? Classic rock. The couple reportedly listened to the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead, and Curtis Mayfield and enjoyed the open road. “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,” he told the magazine of their shared time. “I never experienced nothing like it.”

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August 16, 2020: On-Screen Chemistry

The lovebirds' chemistry was palpable in a video posted to YouTube in August of Rihanna interviewing her rumored love interest for GQ. Beaming from ear to ear, the “Disturbia” singer asked revealing questions such as, “What’s the hardest part about working with me?”

In an earnest response, A$AP Rocky replied, “I think the hardest part about working with you is not goofin’ off and laughing the whole time. Like this sh*t is comedy. The hardest part is not having too much fun. You just forget that it’s still work at the end of the day.” As if to demonstrate, when she later asked what his skin type was, he answered cheekily, “handsome.”

They reversed their roles for Vogue, with the rapper grilled his reported girlfriend about what she notices first about a person. "I usually tend to look at their skin, their teeth, their smile..." she said as he flirtatiously flashed his pearly whites.

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November 2020: Locking It Down

People announced that the lovebirds had made things official in November 2020.

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December 24, 2020: Caribbean Getaway

Before Christmas, the duo was spotted heating up the Caribbean on a Catamaran sunset cruise in Barbados. According to a source for the outlet, the makeup guru’s beau was there to spend the holidays with her and her family.

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May 19, 2021: Relationship Official

By May 2021, there was no hiding the couple’s feelings for each other. A$AP Rocky shouted their love to the rooftops with his cover story for GQ. “The love of my life,” he referred to his significant other, calling Rihanna “my lady.” He also made it clear that he harbored no doubt about their future together. “I think when you know, you know. She's The One,” he said. “She amounts to probably, like, a million of the other ones.”

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June 23, 2021: Sealed With a Kiss

The couple kicked off the summer with some heavy PDA. The pair was photographed locking lips at a New York City bar on June 23, 2021—their first clear display of coupledom after Rocky proclaimed his love in GQ. The evening wasn't flawless, though. Their bar-hopping came to a screeching halt when Rihanna was allegedly denied entry to a club for not having her ID on-hand. Never one to let his lady down, Rocky appeared to be arguing with the bar's bouncer on Ri's behalf.

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July 10, 2021: Taking It to the Streets

Rihanna and A$AP Rocky holding hands and staring at one another while filming a music video.

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Rihanna and A$AP Rocky laughing on a balcony.

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Into the light! RiSAP looked loved up in broad daylight while filming a music video in New York City on July 10, 2021. The fashionable twosome conspicuously cycled through loud looks, from a head-to-toe brown leather outfit for Rihanna to coordinating flamboyant neon furs that they wore on a balcony. The cutest detail? She matched her lime green heels with his neon hat for their second scene—a match made in style heaven.

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January 31, 2022: Rihanna Is Pregnant!

Rihanna and A$AP Rocky are expecting! The couple was spotted out together in NYC over the weekend, rocking a look that made it clear Rihanna is pregnant with her first child. The singer wore a long pink jacket over an oversized button-down that proudly displayed her baby bump, adorned with gold jewelry.

Pictured holding hands and kissing, the duo looked happy and excited by their big news. Congrats to A$AP and RiRi!

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May 13, 2022: The Couple Welcomes a Baby Boy

It's a boy! Rihanna gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy, on May 13, 2022, in Los Angeles, People reports. Though the pair still haven't shared his name, Rihanna did share a photo of her adorable, smiley son on TikTok in December, Page Six reports.

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February 2023: Rihanna Will Perform During the Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show

On February 12, 2023, Rihanna will perform during the Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show, Billboard reports. While there's been no word yet on whether or not A$AP Rocky and the couple's young son will be in the audience, we're sure they'll be rooting the singer on.

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February 12, 2023: Rihanna Is Expecting Baby Number Two!

Rihanna Performing During Super Bowl Halftime with Visible Baby Bump

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Rihanna performed during the Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show on February 12, 2023, and shared an exciting personal update with fans: She and A$AP Rocky are expecting their second child, People reports. The singer performed in a form-fitting red jumpsuit that put her new baby bump on full display; following her show, Rihanna's rep confirmed the happy news to People.

A$AP Rocky was in the arena during the performance, People notes. He was seen filming her halftime show and dancing along to her medley of hit songs.

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February 15, 2023: Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, and Their Son Appear on the Cover of British Vogue

Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, and their son appeared on the March 2023 cover of British Vogue and opened up about their relationship and how it's changed since growing their family. While the duo didn't reveal their son's name, Rihanna did say, "We’re best friends with a baby... We have to be on the same page, but we’ve always kind of had that in our relationship. Everything changes when you have a baby but I wouldn’t say it’s done anything but made us closer.”

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