rihanna Blocks drake
Seeing your ex getting up close to another woman is a stab to the heart, even for someone as resilient as Riri
The New Year is all about new beginnings and we’ll bet Rihanna’s glad to start over after a hellish festive period where her ex-love interest Drake not only appeared to diss her at a NYE bash, but was also seen cosying up to rumoured new love Jennifer Lopez, with the pair posting a snap of them cuddling online. Not the best start to 2017.
While Drake, 30, and Rihanna, 28, have been on and off since forever, with their most recent hook-up ending in October, insiders tell Look that the songstress is seething about Drake’s union with J-LO who, at 47, is 17 years his senior – and a former friend of Rihanna’s.
While the fast, social-media lead nature of Drizzy and J-lo’s partnership – check out that cuddling pic on their Insta accounts – has led many to brand it a ‘showmance’ for upcoming music (we can totally see this), Rihanna’s rage has supposedly been fuelled by the way it makes a mockery of their former relationship.
‘Rihanna was so angry when she found out about Drake and J-LO,’ says a source. ‘She had no idea he might try his luck with Jen, or even make it look like that – especially after his big public declaration of love for her.’
It was only last August that Drake presented Rihanna with the Video Vanguard Award at the VMAS, saying: ‘She’s someone I’ve been in love with since I was 22 years old,’ before kissing her on stage. We thought this meant the pair were finally making a go of it after spending most of 2016 together – performing throughout the year (leaving Drake very red-faced on one occasion after some X-rated dance moves), collaborating on the songs Work and Too Good and being snapped clubbing together several times, looking very much like a couple.
But it was in October that their relationship seemed to switch from on to off and, as we previously reported, it was apparently down to Rihanna’s inability to commit to the rapper with their differing work
schedules. Riri previously admitted: ‘I just think I have so much on my plate that I can’t even find the time to entertain a steady relationship or anything serious. Or even a text.’ Drake was then linked to model India Love, seeming to cement the end.
But despite their split, it still must have irked Rihanna to find out about Drake’s NYE bash, which J-LO attended – wearing his necklace, FYI. While performing at Hakkasan in Las Vegas, partygoers reported Drake requesting Work, only to stop the music and order the DJ to play a new track because ‘that was an old vibe’. Ouch.
Rihanna’s also angry with Drake for omitting to tell her he was even working with Jenny from the block initially. Instead she had to hear it from an industry insider.
‘She was caught off-guard, so of course that annoyed her,’ reveals a friend. ‘But she never in a million years expected anything more than music to happen between them, and feels betrayed by the fact he hasn’t come to her to explain the full story.’
Rihanna and J-LO have also been friends for years, providing even more hurt. In March, Rihanna collaborated with shoe designer Manolo Blahnik and sent Jen a pair of thigh-high boots with a note, later posted to Jen’s Instagram, reading: ‘To the baddest, because I know you’re gonna wear them better than me!!!’ Jen then wore the boots for her next music video. But last week, Rihanna promptly unfollowed Jen on Instagram – and we think it could be for good.
‘Rihanna’s blocked both of their numbers,’ says a pal. ‘She sees this as a huge betrayal, whatever’s going on. It was never exclusive between them but it hurts and it’s the way in which Drake’s done it that’s really humiliated her.’
As for J-LO and Drake, do we see their love-in lasting? Er, unlikely. Soz. Jen’s got her Las Vegas residency, while Drake’s touring Europe until March and that busy schedule is supposedly what kept him and Rihanna from working as a couple – and she thinks the same.
‘As much as this has upset Rihanna, she doesn’t see a future for them,’ adds a source.‘she thinks Drake’s doing it for attention. He’s getting under her skin, though, and he’s getting attention for their music, but as soon as that’s done he’ll be back to chasing her.’
Only time will tell, but we’re more than happy to sit back and watch.
She sees it as a huge betrayal and it hurts
J-LO wearing the boots Riri gifted her last year
It wasn’t long ago Drake declared his love for Rihanna at the MTV VMAS