Drake and Rihanna have sealed their love with a tattoo. The Nothing was the Same rapper was seen on tour with the same camouflage shark tattoo on his arm that his rumored girlfriend has on her ankle.
News of Rihanna’s new ink was first shared by her tattoo artist in New York.
Eagle-eyed fans noticed the matching tattoo on Drake’s inner arm and started posting about it on social media. The story was picked up and posted on popular gossip news site the Shade Room. They posted a side-by-side comparison of Drake and Rihanna’s tattoos on their Instagram account.
You may be wondering why the two entertainers chose a camouflage shark to celebrate their bond. Well, the image has a special meaning in the Drake/Rihanna relationship, which fans are affectionately calling “Aubrih.”
Drake bought a camouflage shark plush toy when he and the “Umbrella” singer went out on a date at Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto, the National Post reports. Drake would later post a selfie of him and Rihanna from that night on August 28, the same night that he presented her with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2016 VMAs. In the caption, Drake wrote some touching words about the Barbadian pop superstar.
“This is a night for us all to be thankful for what you have done for us!” the “One Dance” crooner wrote. “You have affected so many of our lives in the best way possible. Tonight we celebrate you!”
Drake would later echo that sentiment when he presented Rihanna with the MTV Vanguard Award that night.
During the speech, Drake, who dressed in a tuxedo for the occasion, revealed that he had known Rihanna for over 10 years. They first met in 2005 at a restaurant in Toronto where Rihanna was shooting her “Pon D Replay” video, and he was the in-house entertainment. According to Drake, the director of that video is the same person who directed the video for Rihanna’s recent number one song, “Work.”
“Today, the world knows Little X as Director X, they know me as Drake and not the kid singing while you order pasta,” the Toronto-born rapper told the world. “But 11 years later, they still all know Rihanna as the one and only Rihanna.”
Later, he would drop a bombshell that no one in the audience was expecting.
“She is someone I have been in love with since I was 22 years old. She is one of my best friends in the world,” Drake said as Rihanna giggled and rolled her eyes.
— ✗ Steezy Edits ✗ (@SteezyxEdits) August 29, 2016
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A history of Rihanna/Drake Collaborations
The chemistry between Rihanna and Drake has been obvious ever since they started working together on songs.
“What’s My Name”
This was the first time Drizzy and Riri worked on a song together, and the results were electric. The song appeared on Rihanna’s fifth studio album, Loud. According to Billboard, this Rihanna and Drake song went to No. 1 on the charts on November 20, 2010.
This one popped up on Drake’s album Take Care in 2011. The lyrics of the song depict two people who have been hurt by love in the past but still decide to get into a relationship and take care of each other. This is one of the videos that got everyone talking about a potential Drake/Rihanna romance. The Take Care album would eventually go on to win a Grammy for Best Rap Album, according to Song Facts.
Fast forward five years and the Drake/Rihanna combo is back at it again with the hit songs. This time, “Work” off of Rihanna’s eighth studio album, Anti, would reach No. 1 on the Billboard chart. This song gave the Barbadian beauty her 14th chart-topping song. This means she has more number one singles than Michael Jackson, according to Song Facts.
This is the most recent Rihanna and Drake song collaboration, and it appears on Drake’s latest album, Views. Drake has said the song was a product of the energy the two singers had together when they made “Work,” Song Facts reports.
“‘Too Good’ came to fruition after we did ‘Work.’ [I was like] I think I have one that would follow this one up really nicely. It was like a flawless victory when she sent it back. Every nuance, every cadence was perfect,” Drake said in an interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1. “That’s what makes the record. We’re not forcing some story on people. A lot of the music and energy we have is genuine. We have a genuine energy.”
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