If you haven’t already heard, the MTV Video Music Awards took place this weekend. Among many highlights from the evening was Rihanna’s on-air receival of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. The honor is bestowed upon artists in the music industry for their influential contributions to the industry in the form of music videos. Previous winners include David Bowie, Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé.Because MTV knows how to play the ratings cards just right, they had Drake present Rihanna with the award, capitalizing on the allure of pop culture’s latest are-they-or-aren’t-they duo. As usual, Drake and Rihanna stirred up their fair share of sparks and drama, but this time it wasn’t exactly because the two had heart eyes for each other. On the contrary, it was because Rih did not seem as excited about Drake as he was about her.
On social media, people have been freaking out about Rihanna's curving of her rumoured beau. Naturally, as a result, we’ve compiled a list of all the times Rihanna has hit Drake with the friend zone. Read on to get your fill of #SadDrake.
1. When she literally laughed and said they were just friends when asked about Drake
Lol good one.
2. When she said he was being extra
Like, he just bought her a billboard.
3. When she (possibly) let him know his VMAs introduction “wasn’t funny”
"That wasn't funny" ?????? pic.twitter.com/hFFh7PB3ls
— LW (@lindseyweber) August 29, 2016
This gives us serious secondhand embarrassment.
4. Pretty much every time the two embrace
5. But especially this time
— MOBO AWARDS (@MOBOAwards) March 16, 2016
This could very well be a case of her just not wanting to kiss him in public...but she reaaally dodges it.
But maybe there’s still hope for Aubrih. Rihanna has always been about being professional (over milking her celebrity relationships for media attention), so maybe she just doesn’t want to put it all out there the way Drake does! For now, though, Rihanna seems to have relegated Drake firmly to the friend zone. Only time will tell!