Last year, Rihanna nearly broke the internet after a set of paparazzi photographs of her and a mystery man surfaced online. Less than 24 hours later, the “mystery man” was uncovered as Hassan Jameel, a 29-year-old Saudi Arabian business man and the deputy president and vice chairman of his family’s company, Abdul Latif Jameel Domestic. Although the images emerged on the web in late June, several reports of the couple being spotted together had shown up on social media months before those paparazzi snaps, indicating that the new couple is not so new after all. Below, Vogue.me reveals a comprehensive timeline of former Vogue Arabia cover star Rihanna and Jameel’s romance, with the help of devoted Internet sleuths.
September 11, 2016: Shortly after Drake confesses his love for the Bad Gal after presenting her with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2016 Video Music Awards, she is spotted backstage at one of his concerts. It is the last time she is seen at one of his concerts.
October 8, 2016: The superstar singer posts a message about her exes on Instagram. “None of my ex’s are married or in happy relationships so it’s safe to say that I wasn’t the problem” it reads.
November 25, 2016: Rihanna and Drake are both in Dubai during the Formula 1 weekend. Not once are they seen together, confirming speculations that the relationship is over.
December 31, 2016: Rihanna spends New Year’s Eve in London. A video surfaces on Instagram of the singer walking into Toy Room, holding hands with a tall, dark-haired man.
April 1, 2017: Rihanna is spotted in Tokyo, with a tall, dark-haired man. It’s important to note that Jameel graduated from Sophia University in Tokyo in 2001.
June 28, 2017: The paparazzi photos from Ibiza hit the web of Rihanna and said mystery man. The internet is in shambles trying to figure out who the mystery man is.
June 29, 2017: The next day, Jameel and Rihanna are spotted on a coffee run in Spain, marking their first public appearance as an official couple.
June 30, 2017: Rihanna’s father comments to The Sun, “She told me she had a new boyfriend about a month ago. “He’s going to have to buckle up, she’s a hard-working girl, she’s very independent and ambitious. Nobody can tell her what to do. She doesn’t want to be lifted up, she wants to get up there herself.”
October 01, 2017: The couple prove they’re still very much an item, after enjoying a romantic, late night dinner at London’s Park Chinois.
October 31, 2017: The singer and Jameel spend Halloween together in a bowling alley in Boston. According to US Weekly, she was “dressed as Kylo Ren from Star Wars and Hassan was dressed as a penguin. They were all super nice and friendly.”
January 14, 2018: The two are spotted hanging out on a balcony while on vacation in Paris.
January 29, 2018: After taking home a Grammy for collaboration with Kendrick Lamar, the singer celebrated at 1Oak in New York City with her partner Jameel. They were spotted leaving the venue separately.
May 3, 2018: In an interview with Vogue US, Rihanna alludes to her relationship with Jameel saying: “I used to feel guilty about taking personal time, but I also think I never met someone who was worth it before.”
June 1, 2018: MediaTakeOut reports the bad gal broke up with her Saudi beau, supposedly citing “an insider from the superstar’s circle” who stated: “Rihanna and him were together for a while. It was a good relationship, but now it’s over. She gets tired of men sometimes.”
July 6, 2018: After months out of the public eye, the couple is spotted on holiday in Mexico, ending rumors of a split. Paparazzi photos show the twosome sat on sun loungers, locked in an animated conversation.
July 11, 2018: Rihanna took to Instagram to share a hilarious meme of a female lion roaring at a male lion, captioning it “When u think u know more bout soccer #worldcup2018,” suggesting that the couple’s alleged argument was over football.
December 22, 2018: After months away from the public eye, the duo were spotted on a dinner date in Malibu just days before Christmas.
February 21, 2019: Proving that they’re still very much an item, Rihanna took Jameel to a Los Angeles Lakers basketball game for her birthday.