Rihanna is one of the biggest names in pop today and is known all around for hits like “Umbrella”, “SOS”, “We Found Love” and so many more. She is the richest female singer in the world, and she has a net worth over 600 million. As with many celebrities out there, people want to know about all the details about every aspect of their lives. Of course, Rihanna is no different. Any extremely successful person in today’s world of “Hollywood culture” and social media gets relentlessly stalked online and in real life by people trying to capture the intimate details of their personal lives. Burning questions often eat fans alive such as, “who are they dating?”
Rihanna was born as Robyn Rihanna Fenty on February 20, 1988 in Barbados. She is the oldest of three children. She had a pretty rough childhood dealing with her father’s addiction to drugs and alcohol. Her parents were divorced by the time she was 14.
To escape her difficult home life, Rihanna started singing. She joined a girl group with some girls from school and was able to audition for a producer. The producer later admitted that Rihanna really rose above her peers, and he knew she had the “it” factor.
Only a year later, Rihanna moved to Connecticut to work with the same producer to work on a demo album.
In 2005, Rihanna scored an audition for Def Jam Records, whose president at the time was Jay-Z. Rihanna states she remembers being so nervous that she was shaking before going into her audition. But Jay-Z was immediately impressed, just like the producer was back when she auditioned in Barbados. He decided to sign her on the spot.
A few short months later, she released her very first single, “Pon de Replay”. It reached number two on the Billboard singles chart and really put Rihanna on the map of up and coming pop stars. Rihanna is known for her boldness, and her wild and sometimes provocative sense of style.
Rihanna’s Endeavors in Movies
Rihanna has also dipped her toe into the acting pool, showcasing that she has many skills. She made big waves when she appeared in Ocean’s 8 back in 2018 alongside Sandra Bullock and Anne Hathaway. Before that, she starred as the main voice actress in Home, a Dreamworks movie. This film also featured a number of her songs as part of the movie’s soundtrack. Some other movies she has appeared in include, This Is the End, Battleship and the Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, as well as a cameo as herself in Bring It On: All or Nothing.
Rihanna has also launched a fashion line, titled simply, Fenty. She is selling accessories, jewelry, and other clothes. She launched this brand alongside LVMH. Rihanna was the first woman of color to launch an original brand at LVMH. This company owns many of the world’s most famous brands such as, Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Givenchy.
She also launched a beauty line and a lingerie line. Her makeup line focuses on skin color inclusion, which a lot of brands lack even in 2020. Her lingerie is also very inclusive, coming in all colors and sizes. Her loungewear for example, goes up to a size 3XL. Rihanna has told Vogue that she thought it was important for women shopping for lingerie from her to be able to see themselves in it.
Rihanna’s Charity Work
Back in 2012, Rihanna created an education and emergency relief nonprofit. She decided to name it after her grandparents, Lionel and Clara. They have educational programs currently in Senegal, Barbados, and Malawi. Recently, in 2020, Rihanna donated 5 million dollars toward fighting COVID-19. The donation is going to go towards protective equipment for healthcare workers and accelerate the development of vaccines. Rihanna was named Harvard’s “Humanitarian of the Year” in 2017.
Timeline of Rihanna’s Romances
Rihanna has definitely had her fill of gorgeous men over the years, as she should. She is one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood, and any guy would be lucky to call her his girlfriend.
Maybe one of her most famous relationships of all time was with rapper, Chris Brown. They had only been dating a year before Brown assaulted her on the same night as the Grammys in 2009. He gave her a black eye, and a busted lip. The Grammys cancelled their performance together blaming it on a “car crash.” Chris Brown was then tried and found guilty of felony assault. He was able to walk away with 5 years of probation, and approximately 6 months of community service. He also agreed to domestic violence counseling. Rihanna has been on again, off again with Brown even after that incident for many years. He even occasionally would drop a heart emoji on her Instagram pictures, showing his ongoing support for his ex.
Between 2009 and 2016, Rihanna dated another rapper, Drake. They went back and forth between being just friends and dating too, just like Rihanna’s other beaus. Rihanna has said before that she “doesn’t want to be held down.” They have collabed on songs like “Work” and “What’s My Name”, as well as “Take Care.” The two were reportedly not friends following their breakup, but seemed to have patched things up in 2019, as she was spotted at his 33rd birthday party.
Among others, Rihanna has dated Shia LaBeouf, Matt Kemp, Ryan Phillppe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Karim Benzema, Lewis Hamilton, Hassan Jameel, A$AP Rocky and Travis Scott.
Matt Kemp, is a professional baseball player and the two dated for just under a year in 2010, right after Rihanna broke up with Chris Brown.
Hassan Jameel was her most recent beau, as they started dating around 2017. Some photos appeared online of some PDA at the pool of the two of them. Back then he was known only as Rihanna’s “mystery man.” Jameel actually comes from a very wealthy Arab family, with a net worth of around $1.5 billion. He owns a soccer league, and is an heir to Toyota. During the course of their relationship was when Rihanna stepped back from writing/producing any music. This was while she was developing her fashion and beauty empire.
So Who Is Rihanna Dating Now
In January of 2020 it was reported that Rihanna and Hassan Jameel were no longer together. The two had been together for 3 years. It is hard to know exactly who Rihanna is dating after this split, especially since she has not confirmed anything. She has been seen hanging out with A$AP Rocky again, and Drake too. Rihanna was seen at the Yams Day concert in NYC with both of them only a few days after the news broke about Hassan. Rihanna is taking things slow these days, after coming out of a long term relationship. While she may be reconnecting with old flames, she is single at the moment, officially.