Drake made the declaration of love while presenting Rihanna with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for lifetime achievement.
He also famously took a billboard out before the ceremony to congratulate her.
(She also talks about many other things that, like the fact that she is a MOGUL, are way more important. So read the whole thing!)
The Vogue cover story said Rihanna “winced” when asked about the VMA moment, which the author said “became all about [Drake]” instead of about Rihanna’s award. She said she hated what Drake did, and didn’t consider it romantic:
Rihanna winces slightly at the mention of the rapper’s name before her eyes glaze over with cool indifference.
“The VMAs is such a fan-focused awards show, so having that energy around me, and knowing the people who had received the award in the past, made it feel like a big deal,” she says. “Waiting through that speech was probably the most uncomfortable part. I don’t like too many compliments; I don’t like to be put on blast.”
When I ask about the current state of their friendship, her attitude is sanguine. “We don’t have a friendship now, but we’re not enemies either. It is what it is.”