In November 2015, Rihanna made it clear that she was not dating anyone, including Drake. The singer, who had been the subject of months of rumors that she and Drake were an item, made the statement in a cover story for Vanity Fair.
Rihanna told the magazine that her “last real, official boyfriend was Chris Brown,” referring to her on-again, off-again relationship with the R&B singer that ended in 2013.
The rumors that Rihanna and Drake were dating began in June 2015, when the two were spotted together at a bowling alley in Los Angeles. Later that month, they were seen at a club in New York City.
In July 2015, Drake released a song called “Hotline Bling,” which many fans speculated was about Rihanna. In the song, Drake sings, “You used to call me on my cell phone, late night when you need my love.”
In August 2015, Drake and Rihanna were seen together at a pool party in Los Angeles. The following month, they were seen together at a restaurant in Miami.
Despite the sightings, Rihanna made it clear in her Vanity Fair interview that she and Drake were not dating. She said, “We don’t have a friendship now, but we’re not enemies either. It is what it is.”
Since then, Rihanna has been linked to a number of other celebrities, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Travis Scott. Drake, meanwhile, has been linked to Jennifer Lopez and Taylor Swift.
So, did Rihanna ever date Drake? It seems that the answer is no. Despite months of speculation, Rihanna made it clear in her 2015 Vanity Fair interview that she and Drake were not an item.