For celebrities, having thousands of people speculate over your private life is pretty much a given – especially those in high profile relationships, like Rihanna and ASAP Rocky.
However, questions about their relationship have taken a turn, with claims circulating online that the two have split up.
This is everything you need to know.
Have Rihanna and ASAP Rocky broken up?
Months after announcing her pregnancy with Rocky, rumours have begun circulating that Rihanna and the rapper have split up.
The rumours appear to have been started by @LOUIS_via_ROMA on Twitter, a fashion influencer, who wrote in a thread of tweets: “Rihanna & ASAP Rocky have split. Rihanna broke up with him after she caught him cheating with shoe designer Amina Muaddi.
“Amina was responsible for designing Fenty’s footwear offering and Rihanna is often seen in custom shoes from her own label.
“ASAP & Amin is not new though as she was seeing him years ago and also collaborated with him on a collection of shoes.
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As it stands, other than the claims made by this account on Twitter, there is no other evidence to indicate that the couple have split.
Many Twitter detectives wasted no time in debunking the claims made regarding Rihanna and Rocky’s relationship, specifically in regards to the timing of their alleged breakup.
Two days prior to the tweets announcing their split, Rihanna posted on her Instagram account a picture of her wearing custom shoes designed by Muaddi. Muaddi also posted the photo of the singer wearing the shoes yesterday (Thursday 14 April) on her Instagram story.
It was claimed that the two split during Paris Fashion Week, which ran this year from 28 February to 8 March, which would have placed Rihanna as wearing the Muaddi shoes after she and Rocky supposedly broke up.
Looking at their respective Instagram accounts, Rihanna and Rocky both also still follow each other on the platform.
Who is Amina Muaddi?
Muaddi is a Jordanian-Romanian fashion designer and shoemaker who has had her pieces worn by the likes of Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, and Bella and Gigi Hadid.
Talking to Vogue in 2020, Muaddi said: “By the time I was nine, I was determined to work in the fashion industry.
“I was constantly reading magazines and asking my mum how I could get a job in fashion. Obviously, she had no idea.
“We were living in Jordan and then Romania, and it wasn’t the most open environment. Still, my interests began there.”
Muaddi ended up moving to Italy where she enrolled in the European Institute of Design in Milan.
“When I was in university, literally all my money would go into shoes,” Muaddi said. Clearly it was an obsession.
“I think my interest stemmed from [the fact] that shoes are sculptural; they’re objects.
“You can put them on display on a table or shelf, and they’ll look good, but they’re most special when you try them on because they can impact your attitude.”
In 2013, Muaddi co-founded her own label, Oscar Tiye, but previously she worked as an assistant stylist for Conde Nast, Vogue Italy, L’Uomo Vogue and GQ Magazine in New York.
In 2017, Muaddi left the Oscar Tiye label to launch her own footwear brand, and in 2018 she was commissioned by Rihanna to design footwear for the singer’s Fenty brand, with their first collection together launched in 2020. In December 2020, Muaddi also collaborated with Rocky on a collection.
Also in 2020, Muaddi was selected as a member of the jury for the Vogue Fashion Prize.
What has Rihanna said about their relationship?
Rihanna spoke about her relationship with Rocky very recently in an interview for the cover of Vogue which was published on Tuesday (12 April).
She said: “People don’t get out of the friend zone very easily with me.
“And I certainly took a while to get over how much I know him and how much he knows me, because we also know how much trouble we can land each other in.”
Rihanna reflected on when she and Rocky had their first encounter at the VMAs in 2012, when the rapper joined her for a performance of her single Cockiness.
Part way through the set, Rocky made a move on Rihanna that had not been part of the plan.
She said: “He grabbed my ass on stage. That was not part of the rehearsal!
“I was like, “What are you doing?!”
“My manager was like, “Oh, god, she must like this guy a little bit. She never let this s**t slide.”
It was when the whole world went into lockdown over the Covid-19 pandemic that their relationship got serious, with the singer saying that “[Rocky] became my family in that time.”
Rihanna added: “I just feel like I can do any part of life by his side.”
When asked what it is she loves most about their relationship, she replied: “Transparency with everything: how we’re feeling, what our goals are, what our fears and insecurities are. The vulnerability to be able to say what you feel about each other.”
The singer also talked about her pregnancy in the profile, explaining that she and Rocky wouldn’t say they were planning to have a baby – but they also weren’t “planning against it” either.
She said: “I don’t know when I ovulate or any of that type of s**t. We just had fun.
“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.”