With a busy schedule dominating the beauty industry with her Fenty cosmetics brand, sending Savage x Fenty designs down the catwalk, reigning the pop charts for over a decade and collaborating with LVMH to launch a fashion label, it’s hard to believe Rihanna has any time for a relationship, let alone sleep.
But for two years, the 32-year-old Barbadian star had been quietly dating entrepreneur Hassan Jameel, much to the intrigue of her devoted fans. During their relationship, few images had been taken of the pair together (disregarding that initial internet-breaking photograph of them kissing in a swimming pool), despite their romantic getaways to the likes of Mexico and Spain.
With several rumoured high-profile relationships over the years including those with Drake and Leonardo DiCaprio, fans have long been questioning who Hassan Jameel is and how he and the ‘Umbrella’ singer met?
Firstly, Jameel's family is ranked as the 12th richest Arab family with a net worth of $1.5 billion, according to Forbes. His family owns Abdul Latif Jameel, a Toyota Motors distributor in Saudi Arabia and several other Middle Eastern countries and they also sponsor the Saudi Football League, suitably titled the Jameel League.
From his career to how he's inspired Rihanna to open up about love, here’s everything we know about Hassan Jameel:
January 2020: Rihanna and Hassan reportedly call time on their relationship
Rihanna and her Saudi boyfriend are rumoured to have split up after more than two years of dating.
The couple were last photographed together in August 2019 during a wine and cheese night in Beverly Hills following their trip to Italy with close friends and family.
Amid rumours of their split, the singer was seen laughing and joking with A$AP Rocky backstage at the 2020 Yams Day Benefit Concert in New York City.
Rihanna's ex boyfriend Drake was also seen at the concert.
October 2019: Rihanna discusses her 'exclusive' relationship with Jameel
Rihanna has clarified her relationship with Jameel in a new interview, saying:
'Yeah, I'm dating,' she tells Vogue. 'I'm actually in an exclusive relationship for quite some time and it's going really well so I'm happy.'
She also doubled down on definitely wanting children: 'Without a doubt,' she told the magazine.
It's also revealed that the businessman attended Rihanna's annual Diamond Ball in September to benefit her Clara Lionel Foundation in New York, reportedly stealing 'a covert snuggle' from a 'dashing' tuxedo-clad Jameel.
September 2019: They’re philanthropic
Earlier this month, Rihanna shared her upset after witnessing the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian, vowing to provide relief to victims of the natural disaster residing in the Bahamas.
Minutes later, the ‘This Is What You Came For’ singer revealed that her non-profit organisation, The Clara Lionel Foundation, would be providing help to those affected by the hurricane.
The organisation, founded in 2012 by the star, helps impoverished communities across the world, with healthcare, and education, among several other programmes.
‘It truly breaks my heart to see the complete devastation that #HurricaneDorian is having on the Bahamas!’ the 31-year-old wrote in a post on Twitter.
Meanwhile, according to the company website of Jameel's family’s company, the entrepreneur is the president of its Community Jameel Saudi Arabia – a charity focussing on development of individuals and communities around the world.
Talk about a power couple!
August 2019: They’re in with each other’s family
Two months prior, the couple were photographed cuddling and smiling during a lunch outing with Jameel's family at Lo Scoglio in Nerano, Italy.
June 2019: Rihanna wants to be a mother and is in love
In an Interview with her Ocean’s 8 co-star Sarah Paulson in June, Rihanna said that she wants to be a mother ‘more than anything in life’.
When asked by Sarah who she was dating, the singer seemingly confirmed her romance with Jameel when she answered: ‘Google it.’
The actress then asked Rihanna whether she was in love, to which she responded: ‘Of course I am.’ That said, she’s in no rush to start planning a wedding.
‘Only god knows that, girl,’ the singer told Paulson when quizzed about if she has plans on walking down the aisle. ‘We plan and god laughs, right?’
July 2018: They share a mutual love of sport
Rihanna is regularly photographed attending Lakers basketball games but it seems like her sporting attention might have turned towards American soccer and baseball, as a result of Jameel.
After being photographed by paparazzi having what appeared to be a heated conversation with Jameel in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico last summer, Rihanna’s fans took to Twitter to fiercely defend ‘their Queen’ because, in their eyes, the singer is always in the right.
The star later appeared to respond to the photographs by posting an image on Instagram of a tame male lion looking in the opposite direction as a lioness roars at him.
‘When u think u know more bout soccer [sic],’ she wrote, adding cat and bicep emojis.
That’s right – RiRi made a meme of herself arguing about football with her boyfriend. Well played.
May 2018: Hassan has inspired her to make time for romance
In an interview with Vogue last year, the private singer opened up about prioritising herself over her business ventures and music career.
‘I used to feel guilty about taking personal time,’ she revealed, ‘but I also think I never met someone who was worth it before.’
While Rihanna was reluctant to name her significant other by name, the star admitted that she’s ‘glad’ to be taking time to dedicate herself to her relationship, adding: ‘I’m happy.’
January 2018: They like to party
Despite attending the Grammy Awards on her own, People reports that the singer was spotted partying the night away at an after party with Jameel.
The two are said to have danced at 1Oak nightclub in New York City before leaving the venue separately.
November 2017: They love a costume
The pair were spotted out with friends in Boston for a belated Halloween celeberation in their best ghoulish attire.
US Weekly reports that for a date at Restaurant Danter, RiRi dressed as Star Wars character Kylo Ren while Jameel was dressed as a penguin. A source claimed that the pair were later seen bowling at Lucky Strike Boston and snacked on buffalo wings, mozzarella sticks and pizza.
August 2017: They like to hide under umbrellas (seriously)
You couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried but, in an attempt to hide her boyfriend from the paparazzi following a night out in London, RiRi was photographed placing an umbrella-ella-ella over his head.
I mean, need we say more?
June 2017: They enjoy PDA
The pair were first linked when TMZ published photos of Rihanna having a PDA moment with her then ‘mystery man’ in a pool in Spain.
The snap inspired the trending hashtag #RihannaHasAManParty on Twitter and numerous posts from fans rejoicing that the singer had a new love interest.
Riri’s got a new guy? I don’t think a mortal man can keep up with Rihanna. Dude probably needs a cape and mask. #rihannahasamanparty— Joe Pardavila (@joepardavila) June 27, 2017
Later that month, the pair were spotted enjoying a coffee together in Ibiza.
For the outing, the Fenty Beauty founder wore a pair of striped Celine trousers and a matching shirt with cat eye-shaped sunglasses and carrying a bouquet of flowers. Meanwhile, her beau wore a pair of distressed jeans and a grey T-shirt.
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