Rihanna and A$AP Rocky performed together in 2012
Rihanna and A$AP Rocky first crossed paths at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards. Rocky was featured on a remix of Rihanna’s hit single “Cockiness” and joined the singer for her performance of the song. But during their performance, Rocky made a move on Rihanna.
“He grabbed my a** on stage. That was not part of the rehearsal!” she reflected in a 2022 interview for Vogue. “I was like, ‘What are you doing!?’” But instead of getting upset, Rih gave Rocky a pass. “My manager was like, ‘Oh, God, she must like this guy a little bit. She never lets this s*** slide.’”
Rocky joined Rihanna on her Diamonds World Tour the year after their VMA performance together.
Throughout the 2010s, they were in relationships with other people; Rocky, for example, with Kendall Jenner, and Rih with billionaire Hassan Jameel.
They started dating in 2020
Rihanna and Rocky started dating in 2020, and grew closer while locked down together during the pandemic. “He became my family in that time,” she remarked in her Vogue interview.
In the summer of 2020, the pair embarked on a cross-country road trip together from Los Angeles to New York. They drove a large tour bus as they escaped the public eye and went back to basics. “I cooked our food on this little janky grill I bought from Walmart,” Rihanna recalled. “I still have it, too. It works like nobody’s business.”
Their relationship has only gotten stronger over the past two years. “I love the simple things but also the grand adventures,” she said honestly. “There’s no pretentious my-brand-your-brand bulls***; it’s just us living. I just feel like I can do any part of life by his side.”
They’re having a baby in 2022
Rihanna and Rocky broke the internet in January 2022 when they revealed that they were expecting their first child together. While Rihanna is excited to be a mom, she admitted that she worried about how she can juggle her life as a mom and her career and companies.
“Balance is one of my biggest challenges and always has been,” she said. “And now there’s another human being coming into play, it changes what that means again. Still, I have businesses that aren’t going to run themselves. My mom handled the three of us with not even close to the amount of resources that I have, so I can absolutely do it. What it looks like? I’m not sure.”
Still, Rihanna is thrilled about the journey of motherhood and watching her child become their own person. “They’re going to teach me more than I could ever teach them. And I want them to go for it. I want to see who they are in the world, who they become,” she concluded. “Because I’m just here to keep them on the rails — a passenger as much as the driver.”