Drake Has Been in Love With Rihanna Since He Was 22

Speaking at the MTV VMAs, explained that he first met back in 2005 when she was just beginning her career and it was when Drake was just a regular kid who worked at a restaurant playing music. The rapper explains that although everything changed over the years, Rihanna was still the same amazing human being:

“The first time I met Robyn Fenty in 2005, she was shooting a music video at a restaurant called Avocado in (his hometown) Toronto. The song was Pon de Replay and the director of the video was Little X… I was introduced to her as a kid who played background music at the restaurant as people ate their dinner. It’s hard to believe 11 years later all three of us would come together to create the visuals for a song called Work. Today the world knows Little X as Director X, they know me as Drake and not the kid singing while you order pasta. But 11 years later, they all still know Rihanna as the one and only Rihanna.”

He adds that he has loved her from the moment he first met her and she’s one of his best friends to this day. He has always fiercely respected her and looked up to her:

“We love the woman who hasn’t changed since day one. She’s someone I’ve been in love with since I was 22 years old. She’s one of my best friends in the world. All my adult life, I’ve looked up to her even though she’s younger than me. She’s a living breathing legend in our industry. Ladies and gentlemen, the recipient of the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award for 2016: Rihanna.”