Rihanna and A$AP Rocky are expecting their 2nd child. Here's a complete timeline of their relationship.

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A$AP Rocky and Rihanna attend the 2023 Golden Globes.Christopher Polk/NBC via Getty Images
  • A$AP Rocky and Rihanna have been close friends and collaborators for nearly a decade.

  • The "Sundress" rapper confirmed their relationship in May 2021, calling Rihanna "the one."

  • The couple welcomed their son in May 2022. Rihanna revealed her second pregnancy at the 2023 Super Bowl.

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Rihanna and A$AP Rocky became partners and parents after nearly a decade of collaboration.

While Rihanna has made hit songs like "Work" and "We Found Love" — as well as launched billion-dollar companies like Savage X Fenty and Fenty Beauty — A$AP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, has also built a formidable reputation in the music industry with hits like "F**kin' Problems."

The two artists have always been supportive of each other's careers, whether it's starring together in a music video or partnering up for skincare campaigns, and confirmed their rumored romance in 2021.

Here's a complete timeline of Rihanna and A$AP Rocky's relationship.

Ashley Simone Johnson contributed reporting to this article.

September 2012: They performed together at the MTV VMAs

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A$AP Rocky and Rihanna perform at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.Lester Cohen/WireImage

The duo first paired up when Rihanna tapped Rocky to feature on the remix of her song, "Cockiness (Love It)."

They performed their remix together onstage at the VMAs, where Rocky grabbed Rihanna's butt and gave her a peck on the cheek.

Rihanna later told Vogue the PDA wasn't planned.

"He grabbed my ass on stage. That was not part of the rehearsal!" she revealed. "I was like, 'What are you doing!?'"

She also said her team was shocked when she didn't get upset: "My manager was like, 'Oh, God, she must like this guy a little bit. She never lets this shit slide.'"

March 8, 2013: Rocky joined Rihanna on tour

Rihanna recruited the "Goldie" rapper to be her opening act on the Diamonds World Tour.

The tour included 28 stops and ended on May 5, 2013.

April 10, 2013: Rocky denied dating rumors

Rocky clarified his relationship status while on set for A$AP Ferg's "Work" remix video.

"Yeah, I expected people to say that me and Rihanna were sleeping around. We're just cool," he told MTV. "Man, dudes be tryin' to front like they tappin' Rihanna's [anatomy] and all that, but they don't be hittin' it."

"I aint hittin' it either. I'm just cool with her. I don't even look at her like that. She's sexy, but I'm good," he continued.

"That's really a friend. She supports me, man. She's bringing me out, she ain't have to do that. That girl came to my Coachella a year ago. I got nothing but love for Rih Rih; that's the homey right there. I ain't tryin' to get in no trouble with no Rihanna rumors."

September 2013: Rihanna starred in Rocky's 'Fashion Killa' music video

Rihanna starred as Rocky's love interest in his video for "Fashion Killa," a single from his debut studio album "Long. Live. A$AP."

In an interview with 106 & Park, the rapper was asked why he chose Rihanna to be in his video, to which he replied, "She's a fashion killa in my eyes. I respect her jigginess. I respect her fashion sense."

He added: "The chemistry was just organic. We were cool, we were chilling, it was whatever. We were faded. We were having fun."

While filming the music video, they took to Instagram to post "couple-y" behind-the-scenes photos, according to Teen Vogue.

At this time, however, Rocky was reportedly dating Chanel Iman.

May 27, 2015: Rocky discussed his breakup with Iman and his relationship with Rihanna

In an interview with Hot 97, the rapper opened up about his split from the model after nearly two years of dating.

"I was so in love. To this day, it's all good. I think for me, we're young and it was something that was so real that it was so serious," he explained. "I would say perfect girl, wrong time. I'm not OK with losing her, but that's the way of the world. It's not meant to work right now."

When asked about a potential romance with Rihanna, he replied, "It never happened. If it happened, then it would have happened. We didn't do that."

He added: "You never know. That's not what I'm looking forward to. I'm looking forward to the friendship that I already have with all these females because life is so complicated."

June 2018: They were photographed looking cozy during Paris Fashion Week

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Rihanna and A$AP Rocky attend the Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring/Summer 2019 show.Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images

The pair sat side-by-side while front row at a Louis Vuitton show. They were photographed smiling and getting close, Rocky's arm draped around Rihanna.

At the time, Rihanna was apparently dating Saudi businessman Hassan Jameel, while Rocky had recently been linked to Kendall Jenner.

September 2018: Rocky attended Rihanna's Diamond Ball

The rapper attended the annual event in New York City to support Rihanna's foundation, which helps raise funds to improve health care and education programs worldwide.

January 2019: Rocky opened up about his love life

During an interview on The Angie Martinez Show, Rocky confirmed he was in a new relationship with a "regular" girl.

"I prefer long-term friendships and relationships and acquaintances as opposed to one-night stands or just going out with somebody, then having them be your ex and hating them," he said. "That's why, for me, if I get involved with a female, nine times out of 10, she's going to be in my life from that point moving forward."

At the time, Rocky was rumored to be dating Top Shop model Jasmine Daniels. Eight months later, however, he stepped out with Brazilian model Daiane Sodré.

Later that year, Rocky revealed he's "been a sex addict for some time."

"These are things people stay away from, they don't like to admit. I can't be embarrassed about it. I wear my heart on my sleeve. I won't do nothing that I'm not proud speaking of," he told Martinez during an episode of "Untold Stories of Hip Hop."

When Martinez asked if he's "capable of a monogamous relationship," Rocky replied, "Yes, of course."

September 2019: Rocky attended the Diamond Ball again

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A$AP Rocky attends Rihanna's fifth annual Diamond Ball in 2019.Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Diamond Ball

The "Babushka Boi" rapper came out to support his friend's charity event for the second year in a row.

December 2, 2019: Rocky and Rihanna posed together at the British Fashion Awards

The superstars were by each other's sides for yet another event, posing together on the red carpet at the British Fashion Awards.

Rihanna shared an Instagram post for the occasion, in which she thanked Rocky for being so supportive of her business endeavors.

Her caption read: "And thank you @asaprocky for representing us on the carpet and always being so supportive of @Fenty !!"

December 11, 2019: Rihanna attended Rocky's Stockholm concert

Shortly after Rihanna was reportedly hanging out with Rocky's entourage after his Rolling Loud set in New York City, the beauty mogul was spotted in the crowd at the "Everyday" rapper's concert in Sweden.

January 17, 2020: They hung out at the 2020 Yams Day Benefit Concert

On the heels of her split from Jameel, Rihanna was seen hanging out with Rocky and Drake at the annual charity concert, which Rocky organizes and headlines with his musical group, A$AP Mob.

Later that same day, Rihanna and Rocky were photographed sharing laughs while attending a concert in New York, according to The Sun.

February 11, 2020: They had a meal together at Nice Guy amid reports of 'hooking up'

The pair organized a clandestine meet-up at West Hollywood restaurant Nice Guy. According to OK! Magazine, they arrived separately and Rocky kept his hood over his head throughout dinner.

A few days prior, an anonymous source told Us Weekly, "Rihanna and A$AP are hanging out and hooking up. They're having fun and have always had chemistry."

Summer 2020: Their relationship became serious during a cross-country road trip

In a 2022 interview with Vogue, Rihanna confirmed that it "took a while" for Rocky to get out of the "friend zone," but said they began dating at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

That summer, they drove from Los Angeles to New York together in a tour bus.

"He became my family in that time," she said.

According to Vogue editor Chioma Nnadi, "They'd park and Rihanna would grill barefoot while Rocky tie-dyed T-shirts picked up at the gas station."

"I love the simple things but also the grand adventures," Rihanna told Nnadi. "There's no pretentious my-brand-your-brand bullshit, it's just us living. I just feel like I can do any part of life by his side."

July 2020: Rihanna recruited Rocky for her Fenty Skin campaign

The two artists did a photoshoot together to promote the Fenty Beauty founder's new skincare line.

August 26, 2020: Rocky interviewed Rihanna for Vogue

During a filmed interview, the two seemed giddy and couldn't stop laughing as Rihanna answered 15 questions from Rocky, mainly about fashion and skincare.

At one point, Rihanna told the rapper he had "pretty skin."

She also asked him about the hardest part about working on her Fenty Skin campaign was, to which he replied, "I think the hardest part about working with you is not goofin' off and laughing the whole time."

"Like, this shit is comedy. That's the hardest part," he continued. "You know, people be so cool it's hard not to, not to laugh. That's all. But it was fun. The hardest part is not having too much fun. You just forget that it's still, you know, work at the end of the day."

At the end of the interview, Rocky thanked Rihanna for "identifying my beauty as a man."

"I appreciate you, like for real, for real," he continued. "It was good catching up with you and everything."

November 30, 2020: People magazine confirmed reports of their romance

After months of dating rumors, an anonymous source told People that Rihanna and Rocky had made their relationship official. At the time, neither star directly corroborated this claim.

Late 2020: They grabbed dinner in New York and strolled around the city together

In November, Rihanna and Rocky were seen getting dinner with a group of friends at the Beatrice Inn, a restaurant in the West Village, according to Page Six.

In December, the couple was spotted walking side-by-side at night, wearing winter coats and masks.

An anonymous source told People, "they've been inseparable the past few weeks," adding, "it's a new relationship, but they both seem very into it."

December 29, 2020: The two were spotted vacationing together in Barbados

During the Christmas holiday, the couple vacationed in Rihanna's home country Barbados, according to TMZ.

The pair were seen jet skiing, tubing, and going on dinner dates. They were also photographed kissing on a boat, all but confirming their romantic relationship.

While there, the singer shared a video on Instagram of some island cuisine, catered by local restaurant SweetToDeBone.

Rihanna told Vogue that she brought Rocky home to meet her family.

"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."

January 19, 2021: They dined again in New York City

The couple was seen getting dinner with a group of friends at the Italian restaurant Emilio's Ballato, according to E! News.

"Everyone gathered together for dinner and to share stories," a source told the news outlet. "There was lots of food passed around the table and laughter coming from inside. They stayed for over two hours before leaving separately. Rihanna left with friends and avoided being seen with Rocky."

April 13, 2021: The couple attended a dinner party in Los Angeles

The singer and rapper were spotted yet again attending dinner together, this time at LA hotspot Delilah, according to US Weekly.

To make matters more interesting, the dinner party was hosted by Drake, according to Complex.

Rihanna kept it low-key with sunglasses and a face mask on, while Rocky walked behind her in leather trousers and a bomber jacket.

May 19, 2021: Rocky confirmed their romantic relationship and called Rihanna 'the one'

In an interview with GQ, the rapper called Rihanna "my lady" and "the love of my life," officially confirming the dating rumors.

"So much better when you got 'the one.' She amounts to probably, like, a million of the other ones," he said. "I think when you know, you know. She's the one."

Rocky also revealed that Rihanna had "absolutely" inspired some of his new music and has given feedback on his working projects.

"It's important to have somebody that you can bounce those creative juices and ideas off of. It's just a different point of view," he said.

The "Sundress" hitmaker even discussed parenthood, saying he's "absolutely" ready to become a father, "if that's in my destiny."

"I think I'd be an incredible, remarkably, overall amazing dad," he told GQ. "I would have a very fly child. Very."

June 27, 2021: Rocky swept Rihanna off her feet

During a date night in Manhattan, the self-titled "Pretty Boy Flacko" scooped Rihanna up and carried her through the Lower East Side, according to TMZ.

July 10, 2021: Rihanna and Rocky were spotted filming a new project in New York City

The two were seen hugging and holding hands as they took a stroll through the Bronx with a film crew.

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Rihanna and A$AP Rocky are seen on set for a music video on July 10, 2021 in New York City.Gotham/GC Images via Getty

The following day, the couple was photographed sitting and smiling on a fire escape in the same borough, film crew on hand.

They coordinated with colorful, fuzzy attire: Rihanna donned a pink oversized coat, while Rocky wore a puffy green Eskimo hat.

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Rihanna and A$AP Rocky are seen filming a music video in the Bronx on July 11, 2021 in New York City.Raymond Hall/GC Images via Getty

July 24, 2021: The pair traveled to Miami together

Rihanna and Rocky visited Miami's World Famous House of Mac and had dinner with the restaurant's owner Derrick Turton, according to the Daily Mail.

After dinner, they embraced each other and posed for photos with Turton.

September 6, 2021: Nicki Minaj posted a photo with Rihanna and Rocky

The happy couple spent an evening hanging out at the Petty residence, posing for a cozy photo on the sofa with Minaj, as well as her husband and son.

Minaj posted the group shot on Instagram, writing in the caption, "Love her downnnnnnn." She also added the hashtags "Queen Rih" and "Caribbean girls run it."

September 13, 2021: They made their red carpet debut as a couple at the Met Gala

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Rihanna and A$AP Rocky attend the 2021 Met Gala.Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

The couple arrived late to the famed fundraiser, but made plenty of time to pose together on the red carpet.

The Fenty Beauty founder wore an all-black Balenciaga ensemble for the "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion" theme. In contrast, the stylish rapper wore wore a patterned multicolored quilt designed by ERL.

He later took off the quilt to reveal a suit underneath, while his girlfriend looked on lovingly.

It was the first time Rihanna had made an official public appearance with a man since the 2013 Grammy Awards.

January 31, 2022: The couple revealed they were expecting their first child together

Rihanna and Rocky were photographed walking hand-in-hand through his hometown of Harlem on January 28.

In the set of photos — published by Page Six, the Daily Mail, and People three days later — Rihanna's coat was strategically unbuttoned to reveal her growing baby bump, which she adorned with a bejeweled body chain.

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Rihanna and A$AP Rocky photographed in New York City after dining at Pastis on January 28, 2022.Gotham/GC Images

It would be the first child for both Rihanna and Rocky, who had each discussed their eagerness for parenthood in the past.

Back in March 2020, Rihanna told British Vogue that she planned to have "three or four" kids in the next 10 years, even if she didn't have a partner.

During her third trimester, Rihanna told Vogue that she and Rocky weren't necessarily planning to start a family, "but certainly not planning against it."

"I don't know when I ovulate or any of that type of shit. We just had fun," she said. "And then it was just there on the test. I didn't waste any time. I called him inside and showed him. Then I was in the doctor's office the next morning and our journey began."

May 5, 2022: Rihanna starred in the music video for Rocky's "D.M.B."

The "D.M.B." music video was revealed to be the project that Rocky and Rihanna were filming in July 2021.

In one scene, Rocky wears a grill that clearly says "Marry me?" while Rihanna wears one that says "I do."

In another, Rocky removes a red veil from Rihanna's face, reminiscent of a wedding. The couple then walks down a hallway arm-in-arm while people clap and throw flower petals.

The video, written and directed by Rocky himself, was billed as a "ghetto love tale" on his Instagram.

May 13, 2022: Rihanna gave birth to a baby boy

According to reports, Rihanna and Rocky welcomed a son on May 13, 2022, although the news didn't make headlines for another week. The couple has yet to reveal their child's name.

"We just didn't get around to it yet really," Rihanna later told the Washington Post, referring to the name reveal. "We've just been living, but I guess there's a certain freedom that comes with kind of just, like, getting it out there."

December 19, 2022: Rihanna shared the first video of their son

For her TikTok debut, Rihanna shared the first look at her baby boy in a car seat, laughing and smiling at the camera.

Rihanna had previously told Entertainment Tonight that her son is a "happy baby" and that waking up to his face is her favorite part of motherhood.

February 12, 2023: Rihanna revealed her second pregnancy while headlining the Super Bowl halftime show

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Rihanna performs at the 2023 Super Bowl.Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Rihanna took the stage at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona in a red jumpsuit, strategically unzipped to reveal her growing baby bump.

A representative for the singer confirmed her pregnancy to The Hollywood Reporter immediately following the performance.

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