Rihanna had the most awkward reaction when asked about her relationship with Drake
Is Rihanna the coolest person on the planet? Probably. There are a lot of components that contribute to the mystique of Bad Gal RiRi and one of them is the fact that she just seems to be a nice person. Whether it's the fact that she replies to her fans' DM's, has made a make-up range that includes women of colour or that she put Snapchat on blast for an advert that made light of domestic violence; Robyn "Rihanna" Fenty is a force to be reckoned with and seemingly conquered the world with effortless ease and a glass of merlot in her hand.
There are plenty of people that are - understandably - enamoured with the star. However, when it comes to the rich and famous, there are no greater Rihanna fanboys than Drake. Or at least, that used to be the case.
Drake, the man who raps about how awful his life of multiple women and excessive sex is, was quite clearly in love with Rihanna. The duo has been dogged by rumours that they are dating and, when presenting Rihanna with the Vanguard award at the VMA's, the "Hotline Bling" rapper took the time to gush about his admiration of the 30-year-old.
"When it comes to music she relentlessly takes over the charts with every release," he said.
"When it comes to performances, they swarm in masses just to be in her presence, obviously. And when it comes to fashion and style, she makes it seem so effortless, until you try and do it yourself, which is when it gets a little awkward.
"What's most impressive isn't the endlessness of stats, awards, and accomplishments. What's most impressive is the person."
"She's someone... she's someone I've been in love with since I was 22 years old, she's one of my best friends in the world. All my adult life, I've looked up to her even though she's younger than me. She's a living, breathing legend in our industry."
The speech was awkward and cringe-worthy in its own right, but what followed was even worse. After attempting to chat-up RiRi through waxing lyrical about her, Drake lent in for a kiss with the Barbadian singer and was promptly rejected. Speaking about the speech, Rihanna said:
“The VMAs is such a fan-focused awards show, so having that energy around me, and knowing the people who had received the award in the past, made it feel like a big deal,” she said.
"Waiting through that speech was probably the most uncomfortable part. I don’t like too many compliments; I don’t like to be put on blast.”
When asked about the current state of her friendship with Drake, the singer was sanguine. “We don’t have a friendship now, but we’re not enemies either. It is what it is.”
You can see why Drake may have pulled the plug after he was exposed in front of millions. In terms of her current relationship status, it's believed that Rihanna is dating a Saudi billionaire and she seems pretty happy about it: “I used to feel guilty about taking personal time,” she says, “but I also think I never met someone who was worth it before.”
Ouch. Did you hear that Drake?