Born Robyn Rihanna Fenty on February 20, 1988 in Barbados, the singer signed with Def Jams records at the age of 16 and gained recognition when she released her debut album in 2005, selling more than 2 million copies. Rihanna Fenty's success and popularity continued to grow with award-winning albums and hit songs, including "Umbrella," "Unfaithful," and "Disturbia." A musical genius, Rihanna has racked in multiple, highly sought after awards, including Billboard awards, MTV Video Music Awards, and Grammys.
Born and raised in St. Michael Parish on the Caribbean island of Barbados by Monica Fenty, an accountant, and Ronald Fenty, a warehouse supervisor, Rihanna's childhood was tarnished by her father's drug and alcohol addiction. When they divorced when she was 14, Rihanna turned to singing to escape from the trouble waiting at home. At the age of 15, Rihanna formed a girl group with two of her classmates and landed an audition with producer, Evan Rogers, who was on vacation with his Barbadian wife. Rogers fell in love admitting, saying "The minute Rihnna walked into the room, it was like the other two girls didn't exist." When she turned 16, Rihanna left Barbados and moved in with Rogers and his wife in Connecticut to work on her demo album.
In January 2005, Rogers set up an audition for Rihanna with Def Jam Records and its president, mind-blowing rapper Jay-Z. "I remember staring into everybody's eyes in the room while I was singing, and at that point, I was fearless," she recalled. Similar to Rogers' reaction to Rihanna's mesmerizing presence and vocal power, Jay-Z wasted little time and signed her that day. In August 2005, shortly after being signed, Rihanna dropped her first single, "Pon de Replay, and watched as the reggae-inspired club hit reached No. 2 on the Billboard singles chart. In the same month, Rihanna released her debut album, Music of the Sun, which climbed to No. 10 on the Billboard albums chart and established Rihanna as a rising pop star. Following the success of her first album, Rihanna released her second album, A Girl Like Me, generating her first No. 1 single, "SOS."
In 2007, Rihanna transitioned from an adorable pop star to a sex symbol with superstar status with the release of her third album, Good Girl Gone Bad, and an ensuing big hit featuring Jay-Z, 'Umbrella.' Topping the Billboard singles chart, 'Umbrella' earned Rihanna her first Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. The album climbed to No. 2 on the chart and featured the popular singles "Shut Up and Drive," "Don't Stop the Music," followed by Good Girl Gone Bad: The Remixes.
In 2009, Rihanna's reign as the queen of hits continued with the release of Rated R and the singles "Hard" and "Rude Boy." Success continued to reach new limits with the release of her 2010 album Loud and critically acclaimed singles "What's My Name," "Only Girl (In the World)" and "S&M." In addition to her hit songs, Rihanna has been featured on monster hits, including Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie" and Jay-Z's "Run this Town."
Later that year, Rihanna made headlines when reports of a domestic violence incident between Rihanna and then-boyfriend Chris Brown, also a singer, were released to the media. Details of Brown's assault on Rihanna resulted in a boycott against Brown's music and tremendous moral support for Rihanna. In 2012, Rihanna and Brown seemed to be mending their relationship, even writing the song "Birthday Cake" together. In August, Rihanna told Oprah Winfrey that Brown could possibly be the love of her life and they have "a very close friendship" with him. When Brown recently broke up with his girlfriend, the two were rumored to be back together.
Rihanna Boyfriend & Dating History Timeline
In 2007, Rihanna and Shia LaBeouf went out on one date after texting back and worth. "The spark wasn't there. We weren't passionate about each other in that way, so we remain friends" said Shia.
October 2007 - November 2007
In 2007, rumors that Rihanna and Josh Harnett dated for a couple of months were confirmed when two were seen kissing at an event. She later admitted, "I've fallen for him big time," but the relationship fell short.
2008 - February 2009
In 2007, Rihanna and Chris Brown were rumored to be dating and in 2008, they confirmed their relationship. In February 2009, just before the GRAMMY Awards, Chris and Rihanna got in a fight, allegedly over a text message he'd received from another woman. He reportedly got angry and then hit her repeatedly. The case got handed over to the LAPD, and Brown was sentenced to one year of domestic violence counseling, 6 months of community service, and the judge ordered a 5-year restraining order on him to stay away from Rihanna. In July 2009, Brown released a 2-minute YouTube video apologizing for to Rihanna.
May 2009 - June 2009
Rihanna shortly dated Drake in the summer of 2009 but she later put end to the relationship. Drake later said, "I was a pawn," adding that she gave him a dose of his own medicine by romancing, then dumping him.'
May 2010 - December 2010
Rihanna and baseball player Matt Kemp admitted they were dating in May, after months of media speculation. "I love to be around her," he said. The relationship ended in December 2010 because Rihanna was apparently "over it."
December 2010 - February 2011
While Ryan Phillippe was with Amanda Seyfried, he was rumored to have hooked up with Rihanna. Sources said they'd been "very casual" and "discreet," but were hooking up since December 2011.
Rihanna reportedly started seeing Dudley O'Shaughnessy, a 21-year-old Olympic hopeful turned model, after the two met on the set of her "We Found Love" music video.
Chris Brown and Rihanna were rumored to be rekindling to each other and joined forces musically.