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Rihanna rumors link singer to NBA player J.R. Smith, rapper Drake

May 31, 2012|By Oliver Gettell
  • What's Rihanna's relationship status?
What's Rihanna's relationship status? (Photo by Mark Davis )

Depending on whom you believe, pop star Rihanna is either possibly seeing NBA player J.R. Smith, maybe rekindling a romance with rapper Drake or probably just staying single.

After a weekend in Miami, rumors surfaced that Rihanna had been cozying up to Smith, a New York Knicks guard known for his voluminous shooting as well as his questionable judgment on the court (leading to benchings and suspensions) and off it (e.g., Twitter drama, traffic violations).

According to the Miami Herald, “Spies report seeing the 24-year-old Barbadian with New York Knick J.R. Smith over the weekend at LIV. Last month she was spotted sitting on the 26-year-old player’s lap in a NYC club.”

Spies, really? Anyway, the plot thickens. Just hours later, Us Weekly reported that Rihanna and Drake were also spotted at the club in question “acting ‘hot and heavy.’”

An unnamed source told the magazine that “Rihanna was all over Drake this weekend,” and added, “They were holding hands and dancing all close on the dance floor.”

The magazine also notes that Drake and Rihanna dated briefly a few years back.

If there’s any truth to either rumor, it wouldn’t be the first time Rihanna has been linked to an athlete, having dated Dodger Matt Kemp for almost a year in 2010, or a musician, having gone through a tumultuous relationship with Chris Brown.

Then again, this might well be a case — or two cases, rather — of overactive imagination. Another source quoted by Us Weekly said of Rihanna, “She’s not ‘dating’ Drake or anybody," adding, “She’s single.”

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