BROOKLYN, New York — Remember that music video that A$AP Rocky and Rihanna were spotted filming in New York just a few weeks ago? Well, they weren’t filming a video at all — if you’re willing to take Rocky’s word for it.
“Nah, we weren’t filming no video, we were just chillin,’ ” Lord Flacko told MTV News of the August 15 photos, despite the presence of cameras, lighting equipment and plenty of extras on what appears to be a video set.
In one pic, Rocky wears a backward snapback and a black varsity jacket, while Rihanna appears in two different outfits, one of which is a pretty fancy zebra-print gown. The pair look quite cozy on the streets of New York City. But if they weren’t snapped together for professional reasons, could the paps have caught them getting close offscreen?
Again, when we spoke to him on the Video Music Awards red carpet, Rocky denied rumors of any romance, saying, “People crazy. You know people say a lot.”
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— the couple even rode the subway home from Sunday’s VMAs in Brooklyn — yet even that hasn’t stopped the speculation.
At last year’s VMAs, Rocky joined Rihanna onstage, where he made headlines for squeezing her rear at the end of the opening set. The Harlem rapper then joined Rih on her Diamonds Tour.
“She has a lot of style, and I think that’s what she saw in me and what she liked, because she saw that I was eclectic with the way I did my music and my style was different,” he told us in December of his tourmate. “I really think it was more she admired me as an artist, and the fact that I’m handsome helped,” he joked.
As recently as April, Rocky was denying that anything was going on between the two even as Internet rumors persisted. “Man, dudes be tryin’ to front like they tappin’ Rihanna’s [anatomy] and all that, but they don’t be hittin’ it,” he said. “I aint hittin’ it either — I’m just cool with her. I don’t even look at her like that. She’s sexy, but I’m good.”