Though they may have hidden most of their romance, Drake and Rihanna were one of the most iconic musical couples while they were together. Sure, plenty of it happened behind the scenes, but when the “Hotline Bling” singer declared his love for RiRi while presenting her with the Video Vanguard Award at the 2016 VMAs, we felt that. And it turns out that Drake really meant it — and he wanted a lot more from his relationship with the pop singer, too.

Though we’ve learned over the past year that Drake is already a dad, it turns out that back in the day he actually wanted to start a family with Rihanna — you know, the whole married, kids, happily ever after dream. The rapper opened up to LeBron James on the HBO show The Shop, and admitted he used to be pretty in his feelings about it all.

“As life takes shape and teaches you your own lessons, I end up in this situation where I don’t have the fairy tale, like, ‘Oh, Drake started a family with Rihanna and this is like so perfect,'” Drake told LeBron. “It looks so good on paper. By the way, I wanted that too at one time.”

Drake Presents Rihanna With VMAs Award
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But it never happened. The couple broke up, but both continued to shine as superstars in the biz, music and otherwise. Rihanna’s also started her company Fenty Beauty, and she’s also designed clothing like shoes and lingerie for her own lines. And she’s dating a billionaire, which certainly can’t hurt.

It seems like Drake’s moved on since then, too — and he’s gotten used to the idea of having a family that isn’t the fantasy he once dreamed up. “We have found ourselves in a situation and we are both equally responsible and now, like, I’m just really excited to be a great father,” Drake said about developing a relationship with the mother of his son. “I’ve learned from and through my father and the incredible things I’ve learned through my mother about patience, about unconditional love.”

Though he originally kept his new family a secret, he was outted by Pusha T on a diss track called “The Story of Adidon” that dropped in May. Since then, Drake has become more comfortable talking about his son, even rapping about him on “Emotionless” off his album Scorpion. “I wasn’t hiding my kid from the world / I was hiding the world from my kid,” he sang on the track. It may not be how he imagined starting a family, but it’s clear that Drake loves his kid — even if Rihanna isn’t his mom.

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