Rihanna has been stirring up trouble on social media. During Game 7 of the NBA finals on Sunday night, June 19, the self-proclaimed bad gal once again showed her admiration for Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James.
There’s just one little problem. LeBron James is a seemingly happy married family man. Meanwhile, Rihanna is a sexy and single pop star who’s been linked to a long list of men, including Chris Brown, Drake, Karim Benzema, Leonardo Dicaprio, and Travis Scott. The singer is obviously comfortable with her sexuality and is not afraid to flirt with anyone – whether they’re married or not.
When the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Warriors in the NBA Championship, Rihanna took to Instagram to congratulate her “bae.” She posted a photo of herself next a TV screen showing LeBron James. In the photo, RiRi looks like she’s pretending to kiss his cheek as she calls him her “bae,” which is a slang acronym for “before anyone else,” according to Urban Dictionary.
This isn’t the first time that Rihanna has openly flirted with James on social media. Back in May, she took to Instagram to post a bikini photo of herself with his number written on her stomach in sunscreen. She also named dropped him in her 2015 single “B**** Better Have My Money,” sparking the affair rumors once again.
According to Complex, Rihanna has long been a fan of LeBron James. She’s been seen attending most of his team’s games since 2006. She has been seen front and center at his games since last year when it was reported that James would exclusively fly Rihanna out on his private jet to his games while his wife would stay at home to watch their newborn baby.
Congrats to Lebron on his first ring! Well deserved HEAT!!!!
— Rihanna (@rihanna) June 22, 2012
RT @rihanna: THE KING!!!!!!!!!! Now I can go to bed – Who gonna throw a bottle at Lebron now?
— Nigel Int’l D. (@Nigel_D) June 20, 2012
“@KingJames: Shakira & Rihanna though!?!? They should have kept that to themselves. Not fair to mankind! Lol.” The KING!!!
— Rihanna (@rihanna) January 31, 2014
Fans do not like Rihanna’s latest Instagram posts. They think the singer is out of line since LeBron James is clearly a married man. Meanwhile, others don’t see a problem with Rih’s posts and think she’s just having some innocent fun. Rihanna is clearly unfazed by the backlash she’s received. She took to Instagram once again to post an old clip of herself eating popcorn and looking unbothered at a basketball game.
Rihanna has also revealed that she’s headed in Jay Z’s direction this summer. Beyoncé better watch out because her fellow pop star confirmed her upcoming involvement in the rap mogul’s Made In America summer concert. Rihanna took to her infamous Instagram account on Monday night, June 20, to inform her fans of her headlining act.
Aside from Rihanna and Jay Z, fans can also look forward to performances by 2 Chainz, DJ Khaled, and Lil Wayne, among others according to Pitchfork.
“Other artists playing Made in America include Chance the Rapper, Grimes, Jamie xx, 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne (performing as Collegrove), Car Seat Headrest, Porches, SZA, DJ Khaled, A$AP Ferg, Banks & Steelz (Paul Banks of Interpol and RZA), Bibi Bourelly, Kodak Black, Desiigner, Travis Scott, DJ Mustard, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, and plenty more. The festival will stream live on Tidal both days.”
Rihanna has been linked with Jay Z in the past. Fans assumed that she is “Becky with the good hair” after Bey’s visual album, Lemonade, dropped back in April. But some industry insiders insist that Becky may be more than one person.
There were rumors that Jay Z cheated with Rihanna when she signed onto his Def Jam record label when she was just 17. Fans assumed that Beyoncé’s “Ring the Alarm” was about their affair. RiRi and Jay Z were linked for years, even when they collaborated on their hit song “Umbrella.” However, a publicist revealed that the rumors were just a PR stunt for the singer’s career.
It’s likely that those rumors will pick up again seeing that Rihanna is still single when she follows Jay Z on his tour. What are your thoughts on Rihanna’s latest Instagram posts? Do you think she was taking her online flirtation with LeBron James way too far? Sound off below in the comments section.
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