Rihanna and her billionaire boyfriend Hassan Jameel have always kept their relationship low key despite the constant media attention always bearing on them. But now new reports have emerged claiming that Jameel had been married to another woman before he and RiRi started dating.
The Sun reports that Saudi tycoon Hassan, whose billionaire status was bolstered by his family’s dealership rights to Toyota, was married to art expert Lina Lazaar.
Hassan Jameel and Lina Lazaar got married in a luxury ceremony at the Paris Opera House in 2012. A source said the two fell in love because of their shared love for art.
The insider, who described Hassan as “an intensely private individual,” pointed out that there’s no reason for RiRi’s fans to vilify the billionaire tycoon as “his marriage was over before he met Rihanna.” The source said that both parties have happily moved on with their lives. In fact, the source added that Lina herself has “moved on with a new partner.”
As Sotheby’s art specialist for over a decade, Lina Lazaar is a big deal in the art community. Due to her considerable expertise in Middle Eastern art and her piercing insights about art in general, Lazaar was included in the Top 10 Most Influential Women in Middle Eastern Art.
Rihanna and Hassan Jameel were able to keep their relationship a secret for over half a year until they were first spotted enjoying a date on a grocery run in June.
Hollywood Life reported over a month ago that Jameel was previously linked to supermodel Naomi Campbell, who according to a source, was furious over the relationship.
“Naomi has known about Rihanna dating Jameel for a while and she is furious about them being together,” the source said. “On a superficial level, Naomi feels she’s hotter and more successful than Rihanna, so it’s frustrating to see the photos circulating online.”
So what makes Jameel such a great catch for these ladies other than being a billionaire?
For one, he’s also a good person. In fact, if there’s one thing Hassan Jameel and Rihanna share, it’s their passion for charity work.
Jameel is the president of Community Jameel, a charitable organization that coordinates and enforces programs focusing on “social, cultural, educational and economic development of individuals and communities in the Middle East region and beyond,” as indicated in the company’s official website.
Rihanna has been involved in a myriad of charity work, so much so that Harvard awarded the “Love on the Brain” singer the Humanitarian of the Year award in February. In May, she was honored at the 69th Annual Parsons Benefit for her charitable works, as previously reported by Observer.
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Meanwhile, many of Rihanna’s fans are wondering if she and Hassan Jameel are still an item. While it’s known that the two prefer to keep their relationship private, the fact that they haven’t been photographed together for months has left some people wondering.
Do you think Rihanna and Hassan Jameel are still dating? And if not, do you believe the billionaire’s previous marriage had something to do with the split? Sound off in the comments section below.
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