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$AP Rocky recently called his significant other “the love of his life” in May 2021, telling GQ that life is “so much better when you got The One.”
- The two were spotted looking very much in love while shooting a music video in July 2021, giving a clear green light to confirm their relationship.
April 2012: Sparks Fly
While it’s unclear exactly when the pair first met, Ryan Seacrest, disclosed on his radio show, “On Air With Ryan Seacrest,” that RiRi made time to take in the rapper's Coachella set in-between hanging out with Katy Perry at the music festival—and then some. "The pair apparently got cozy in the VIP section, sipping on rum and champagne and flirting a little bit," Seacrest reportedly revealed.
September 2012: Making Sweet Music
Five months later, A$AP Rocky appeared on a remixed version of Rihanna’s single for “Cockiness,” putting his own 42-second spin on the tune.
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!)
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.
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.
July 21, 2018: Picture Perfect
Though the twosome explored relationships with other people—in addition to Iman, A$AP Rocky was famously linked to Iggy Azalea and Kendall Jenner, while Rihanna reportedly spent time with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Travis Scott, Drake, and Hassan Jameel—the musicians looked very much a couple at the Louis Vuitton menswear fashion show in Paris in 2018.
September 12, 2019: All Smiles
A$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.
December 2, 2019: A Red Carpet Debut
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.
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$AP Rocky backstage at a Yams Day Benefit concert.
February 2020: More Than Friends
While initial reports indicated that the pair's relationship was purely platonic following Rihanna’s high-profile split from Hassan, the narrative quickly changed. Us Weekly reported that they had started “hanging out and hooking up" together. "They’re having fun and have always had chemistry,” a source told the magazine.
July 19, 2020: Low-Key Love
The “Wild for the Night” singer made a subtle appearance on Rihanna’s social media account in July. “That’s right, baby… @fentyskin is for fellas too,” she captioned a flawless shot while promoting the brand together.
Summer 2020: Hitting the Open Road
A$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.”
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$AP Rocky replied, “I think the hardest part about working with you is not goofin’ off and laughing the whole time. Like this sh*t is comedy. The hardest part is not having too much fun. You just forget that it’s still work at the end of the day.” As if to demonstrate, when she later asked what his skin type was, he answered cheekily, “handsome.”
They reversed their roles for Vogue, with the rapper grilled his reported girlfriend about what she notices first about a person. "I usually tend to look at their skin, their teeth, their smile..." she said as he flirtatiously flashed his pearly whites.
November 2020: Locking It Down
People announced that the lovebirds had made things official in November 2020.
December 24, 2020: Caribbean Getaway
Before Christmas, the duo was spotted heating up the Caribbean on a Catamaran sunset cruise in Barbados. According to a source for the outlet, the makeup guru’s beau was there to spend the holidays with her and her family.
May 19, 2021: Relationship Official
By May 2021, there was no hiding the couple’s feelings for each other. A$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.”
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.
July 10, 2021: Taking It to the Streets
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.