But some of Ri Ri's friendships are hotter than others.
Fresh from collaborating on "Work," she and Drake are keeping company again, on stage and off, and nothing has changed—minus hair color and sideburns length—since they first entered each others' orbit.
1 on the Billboard Hot 100 after a few weeks—Rihanna's eighth chart-topper and Drake's first.
But then Drake opted for damage control, clarifying to MTV News, "I feel like when people write about it or try to take an excerpt from me describing it, it's gonna sound negative. I'm at one of the greatest places in my life—I'm on top of the world.I'm extremely confident, so it's very rare that anybody, let alone a woman that I like, makes me feel nervous or makes me feel small." He called Rihanna "an overwhelming and incredible person" (which jived with what he rapped on Rick Ross' "Made Men": "One of my baddest women ever I call Rihanna / but that's 'cause her name is Rihanna").And musically, these two were still very much on, both of them knowing that it was high time to take their enigmatic relationship and make a record.So Drake was featured on her October 2010 tune "What's My Name," which made its way to No.Bottles were thrown, blood was spilled, and the rumor was that Rihanna (who was not there) was the one who sparked the altercation.
A couple weeks later, Brown sang on the track "Game Don't Lie": "One on one, what you scared bruh?
Because they obviously have a great affinity for each other, and have ever since they met. Aubrey Drake Graham and Robyn Rihanna Fenty's acquaintanceship first blossomed in 2009, with Drake later pinpointing a birthday party as the location at which they met..
They got on well, as their later reflections would attest to, but in hindsight Rihanna couldn't have been less emotionally available.
But the ever-fierce singer continued to live her life in the meantime, and she and Drake were first spotted out together socially—with a group of people—at Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge in New York in May 2009.
And though Rihanna and Brown's relationship would sporadically rekindle off and on for several more years, the night at Lucky Strike apparently featured a thunderbolt. A great artist."But was he actually just towing the party line?!
"I was a pawn," he said in characterizing what happened with Rihanna. She was doing exactly what I've done to so many women throughout my life, which is show them quality time, then disappear.