Rihanna and A$AP Rocky are one of the hottest power couples of all time. The pair, who welcomed baby No. 2 in August 2023, was seen out multiple times together for almost a decade before they actually started dating in the summer of 2020. Rihanna and A$AP have since supported each other’s biggest achievements and career highlights while keeping much of their relationship out of the public eye. However, details about how they met, when their romance blossomed and their growing family have kept fans intrigued.
When Did Rihanna and Rocky Meet?
Rumors of them together first started circulating in 2012, after Rihanna and Rocky collaborated together for Rihanna’s song “Cockiness.” After collaborating on Rihanna’s work, Rocky joined Rihanna’s Diamonds World Tour in 2013 as her opening act. Over the years, the pair was spotted out together multiple times, maintaining a longtime friendship.
Rihanna and Rocky attended a Louis Vuitton fashion show together in 2018 and again attended the Fashion Awards together in London the following year.
How Did Rihanna and Rocky Start Dating?
Rumors about the couple began to swirl after Rihanna split with her boyfriend of three years, Hassan Jameel, in January 2020. Rihanna was seen out with Rocky after the split, but Rihanna made it clear to fans that she was not dating the rapper and record producer, and wanted to be single after having been in such a long relationship.
In August 2020, the pair again collaborated on Rihanna’s Fenty Skin line. The two were seen out together multiple times since working together, but never confirmed the status of their relationship. In May 2021, Rocky revealed in an interview with GQ that Rihanna was The One. “So much better when you got The One. She amounts to probably, like, a million of the other ones. I think when you know, you know. She’s The One,” the rapper said. The pair attended the Met Gala as an item later the same year, in September.
Are Rihanna and Rocky Still Together?
Rihanna and Rocky are still together and heavily committed to one another. The two “definitely see themselves getting married,” an insider revealed to In Touchin February 2022, teasing that the ceremony will likely happen in Barbados, Rihanna’s home country.
In January 2022, Rihanna announced that she was pregnant with her and A$AP Rocky’s first child. The Fenty Beauty founder released a series of photos debuting her pregnancy in a hot-pink puffer coat with jewelry adorning her baby bump, alongside Rocky on the streets of Harlem in New York. Rihanna is due to give birth “in late Spring, around May,” a second source revealed to In Touch. “The baby has cemented their relationship and they’re more in love than ever.”
“As much as it’s happening, it’s also not happening,” Rihanna said about her pregnancy in a cover story interview with Vogue published on April 12, 2022. “Sometimes, I’ll walk past my reflection and be like, Oh s–t!”
How Many Children Do Rihanna and Rocky Have?
The pair became parents when they welcomed their son, Rza, in May 2022.
Less than one year later, Rihanna revealed that she was pregnant with baby No. 2 while debuting her baby bump during her halftime performance at the Super Bowl on February 12.
“Having come from a big family herself, Rihanna feels blessed that she’ll have two kids so close in age, to look out for each other, and jokes it’s almost like having twins!” an insider exclusively told In Touch.
The insider added that Rihanna and Rocky’s second pregnancy wasn’t planned. “I don’t think she quite realized how fertile a woman is after giving birth, and was surprised to conceive again so quickly [after her son]!” the source revealed. “But it’s a welcomed surprise!”
In Touch confirmed the birth of baby No. 2 in August as the pair kept the news “very hush-hush.”
“They only shared it with close friends and family,” a source told In Touch at the time, revealing, “They just want to focus all their attention on their beautiful new baby right now.”
What Has Rihanna Said About Rocky?
In her interview with Vogue, Rihanna shed insight into her feelings toward the rapper, describing their relationship as “iron sharpening iron.”
“People don’t get out of the friend zone very easily with me,” she told the publication. “And I certainly took a while to get over how much I know him and how much he knows me, because we also know how much trouble we can land each other in.”
The singer went on to describe how their relationship became stronger when the world went into lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “He became my family in that time,” she said. The two took a road trip in summer 2020 from Los Angeles to New York via tour bus, which allowed them to escape the public eye.
When the holidays came around, Rihanna brought Rocky home to Barbados, which had been closed to visitors for much of that year. “It was us who were going home,” she said in the interview. “We were going home.”
Rihanna explained that her mom is typically slow to warm up to people, but she took a liking to Rocky right away. “My mother has a really good read on people. She observes first and then she’ll move slowly. I guess I’m like that too,” she said. “There are some guys that I’ve dated that she won’t even look at to this day. But she was charmed by him from the jump.”
The father-to-be has family roots tracing back to Barbados as well, with his late father having emigrated from the Caribbean island. “To see him in a space where he’s imagining his dad as a boy, walking the same streets as his dad walked, eating the same food as his dad ate, it was really heartwarming.”
When asked what she loves most about their relationship, Rihanna responded: “Transparency with everything: how we’re feeling, what our goals are, what our fears and insecurities are. The vulnerability to be able to say what you feel about each other.”
She has also revealed why they have chosen to keep their romance out of the public eye, including the reason they haven’t revealed the son’s name yet. “We just didn’t get around to it yet, really,” the makeup mogul told The Washington Post in November 2022. “We’ve just been living. But I guess there’s a certain freedom that comes with kind of just like getting it out there.”
The couple gushed about their family while celebrating Father’s Day in June 2023.
“EVERYDAY FATHERS DAY,” Rocky captioned a post via Instagram, which included photos and videos of the pair with their eldest son.
Rihanna proved the love is mutual by commenting, “The Mayers boys stole my whole heart! Happy Father’s Day nerd.”
What Has Rocky Said About Rihanna?
During the “Fashion Killa” rapper’s appearance on the “DRINK CHAMPS” podcast in May 2022, he opened up about his relationship with Rihanna in a rare quote.
“Y’all been through some s–t together y’all been through a journey and it’s real. It’s not fabricated. It’s actually real and that’s what I aspire to keep,” Rocky gushed. “Just genuine real s–t. Just f–k what the outside world got going on, f–k what the outside world think and s–t like that. It’s really about an understanding between two components — you and your significant other. That s–t, you know what I’m sayin’?”
When one of the cohosts added that it would soon be three components when they welcomed baby No. 1 together, Rocky responded, “Got three components now, that’s true. I’m proud man.”
Rocky later added fuel to the speculation fire in June 2023, calling Rihanna his “wife” during a set at the 2023 Cannes Lions Festival. “I’d like to dedicate this song to my beautiful wife in the motherf–king building!” he said, before the couple reunited after the show with friends. Reps for Rihanna and A$AP did not immediately respond to In Touch‘s request for comment.
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