Is Rihanna’s new tattoo dedicated to Drake and does it confirm they’re dating?

Singer also says she 'loves' rapper for his VMAs speech

Rihanna has reportedly got a new tattoo that was inspired by rumoured boyfriend Drake.

Recent reports have suggested that the pair are dating again, having previously had a somewhat on-off relationship in the past. At the weekend, Drake presented Rihanna with an award at the MTV VMAs while declaring his love for her. Then on Wednesday, the pair kissed onstage at the rapper’s gig in Miami.

Now TMZ reports that Rihanna has got a camouflage shark tattoo, which allegedly represents a gift that Drake bought her at an aquarium in Toronto. The same stuffed animal later made a cameo in an Instagram photo that the rapper posted of the pair.


See both the tattoo and Drake’s original post below.

Camo shark for my dear friend @badgalriri Also… I just found out you can zoom on IG- enjoy 🙂

A photo posted by Bang Bang (@bangbangnyc) on

Meanwhile, Rihanna has posted a video of her MTV VMAs speech to Instagram, with a caption that thanked Drake for his introduction, saying that it was “so touching” and that she “loves” him for it.

#VMA2016 night was one that I would never forget!! I have the most incredible people in my life! My family, friends, loved ones, my fans, my team!!! All gifted beautiful spirits! And I’m so grateful that God has precisely and flawlessly arranged our paths to meet at each other! It’s because of you that I was able to reach this moment in my career! And it’s also because of you that I was able to pull off a night like this one, with 4 medley performances, 4 set productions, 4 outfits, 4 hair and makeup looks, and all in 4 days of rehearsal! It was a challenge but I wanted nothing more than to give my fans a true representation of all the colors that I’m made of as an artist! My journey has been filled with growth and people who continue to inspire me! Forever grateful to everyone involved creatively, from choreography all the way to wardrobe and production! @MTV team you were a dream to work with! Thank you to the beautiful @iamnaomicampbell @therealmaryjblige @traceeellisross for your kind words! @champagnepapi your speech was so touching and I love you for that! All in all….Best night ever!!! I’m a lucky girl!!! To God be the Glory! #RiRiVanguard

A video posted by badgalriri (@badgalriri) on


On stage at the MTV VMAs, Drake said that he’s been “in love” with the singer for seven years.

During his tribute to Rihanna, Drake – dressed in a full tuxedo for the occasion – claimed that he’d be in love with the Barbadian singer since he was 22 years old.

“She’s someone I’ve been in love with since I was 22 years old,” the 29-year-old said. “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.”

Upon accepting the award, Rihanna dedicated the honour and her success to both those closest to her and her fans.

“This success is not my own: it’s my family’s, it’s my fans, it’s my country’s, it’s the Caribbean as a whole, it’s women, it’s black women,” she said. “So many people feel like their little piece is such a major part of this puzzle and I have to thank you guys for supporting me over and over.”