During a quiet, warm, and sunny afternoon on April 14, all hell broke loose on Twitter as rumors circulated that Rihanna and A$AP Rocky called it quits after Rocky allegedly cheated on Rih...with her favorite shoe designer, Amina Muaddi. Like what? That's a lot to unpack.
Sorry to you, drama-devotees, but A$AP Rocky and Rih are still a thing and Amina Muaddi stepped forward to clear up her alleged entanglement with Rocky.
Louis Pisano, dubbed "Instagram's messiest fashion influencer" by Interview Mag (makes sense), started the rumor with a series of now-deleted tweets featuring a breakdown of the reported breakup and cheating scandal.
"Rihanna & A$AP Rocky have split. Rihanna broke up with him after she caught him cheating with shoe designer Amina Muaddi," Pisano tweeted.
The fashion writer and Rih-rumor-starter also pointed out how Muaddi has designed footwear in collaboration with Rihanna's paused Fenty label, Rihanna's inclusion of Muaddi's heels in her weekly rotation, and Muaddi and Rocky's rumored romantic past.
Sure, insiders often dish the scoop on their tight-knit celebrity friends, but why should we believe this gossip from an unverified source about Rihanna and A$AP Rocky? Well, you shouldn't because it's not true.
On April 15, sources who claim to be close to Rihanna and A$AP Rocky told more reputable — yet still messy nonetheless — outlets that the couple is doing just "fine," and the rumors are indeed false.
On the same day, Amina Muaddi — whose comments had been in shambles with negative messages regarding the wild allegation — took to her Instagram story to put the cheating chatter to rest.
"I've always believed that an unfounded lie spread on social media doesn't deserve any response or clarification, especially one that is so vile. I initially assumed that this fake gossip — fabricated with such malicious intent — would not be taken seriously," Muaddi states.
"However, in the last 24 hr, I've been reminded that we live in a society that is so quick to speak on topics regardless of factual basis and that nothing is off-limits."
"Therefore, I have to speak up as this is not only directed towards me, but it is related to people I have a great amount of respect and affection for. While Rih is continuing to live her serene, best-dressed pregnancy life and I go back to my business — I wish everyone a beautiful Easter weekend," she finished her statement.
Louis Pisano, the rumor initiator, entered the chat to clear up the ordeal and issue an apology for his tweets and and their chaotic aftermath.
"Hi all, so I'd like to address the situation. Last night, I made a dumb decision to tweet some information I received," they started. "I'm not going to talk about sources, blame others for a discussion that was started, etc., because at the end of the day, I made the decision to draft that tweet, press send, and put that out with my name on it."
"So, I'd like to formally apologize to all parties involved with my actions and for my reckless tweets. I fully accept the consequences of my actions for my tweets and any harm they caused."
On April 16, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky basically gave rumors the finger as they got away from the drama circulating in the U.S. and headed to Barbados together.
The big question here is: will Rihanna be returning to the states with the newborn Fenty Baby? We'd sure love to see it.
Honestly, it's been a disappointing 24 hours of drama — disappointing in how people ran with celeb hearsay from an unreliable source, bullied Amina Muaddi, and brought superfluous drama onto a pregnant Rih and her relationship with A$AP Rocky.
While I hope this is the end to this unnecessary gossip cycle (and it remains false clickbait), let's all mind our keyboards and focus on the things that matter: Rih's effortless non-maternity-apparel pregnancy slay.