Believe it or not, it's been nearly two years since Rihanna and her bae, Hassan Jameel, left the Internet shook with their poolside PDA. The duo has kept their romance low-key since then, but they've been spotted together around the world (from Spain to Boston, to Mexico) and even survived breakup rumors. After the couple made a recent sighting at a Lakers game, we're rounding up everything to know about BadGal RiRi's man.
He's a Toyota heir.
Jameel's family owns Abdul Latif Jameel, a distribution company for Toyota Motors in Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries, People reports. Hassan is currently the president of the company's Community Jameel Saudi Arabia, a charity that organizes programs that focus on "the social, cultural, educational, and economic development of individuals and communities in the Middle East region and beyond," according to its official website.
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Jameel (right) meets with MIT president L. Rafael Reif.
His family is worth $1.5 billion.
The Jameel clan is ranked as the 12th richest Arab family, with a net worth of $1.5 billion, according to Forbes. Rihanna, the richest female musician in the world, isn't too far behind with a net worth of $600 million.
He owns a soccer league.
His family business is the title sponsor of the Saudi Football League, otherwise known as the Jameel League.
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He reportedly dated Naomi Campbell.
Last summer, Jameel was spotted cozying up to the supermodel in London. The realization led some fans to suggest he's the reason why the supermodel and Rihanna have "beef," but Campbell squashed that rumour months ago.
"I don't have beef, especially with black women that I think are powerful," she said of RiRi on Watch What Happens Live! in March. "We're out there doing the same thing, and doing the same struggle."
He and Rihanna first sparked dating rumours with steamy PDA in 2017.
In June 2017, photos surfaced of the music superstar involved in some serious PDA with a “mystery man” (who was later revealed to be Jameel) in a pool in Spain. The Internet rejoiced with the celebratory hashtag, #RihannaHasAManParty. Later that month, the then-rumoured couple was spotted getting coffee together in Ibiza. In July, sources told Us Weekly that the pair had already been “hooking up for months.”
They’ve made a number of low-key appearances together around the world.
In August 2017, the duo attempted to sneak past paparazzi in London by hiding behind an umbrella while leaving a party. Months later, they reportedly celebrated Halloween together in Boston, where they were spotted out to dinner and bowling with friends. (For those wondering, Rih was dressed as Kylo Ren and Jameel as a penguin, witnesses told Us Weekly at the time.) Their romance continued into the new year, as they were seen at a Grammys after party in New York City in January 2018.
And in June 2019, the couple brought their romance to Italy for a lavish vacation on the Amalfi Coast. The duo reportedly took a boat ride and had lunch with a group that appeared to be his family, ELLE reports.
Jameel out in NYC after the Grammys.
They were briefly rumoured to have broken up, but they're back together.
In June 2018, MediaTakeOut News claimed that Rihanna and Hassan had called it quits because the singer “just got tired of him.” However, a month later, the couple was spotted out together in Mexico. Paparazzi photos from their trip abroad made it seem like they were fighting, leading fans to question whether their relationship was on rocky ground, but Rih appeared to clear up the alleged confrontation with a meme on Instagram—it turns out they were just arguing about soccer.
In November, a source clarified to Page Six that Rihanna is “still with her boyfriend” and is “very much smitten” with him. Although they’ve remained to keep their relationship low-key, the duo made a rare appearance at a Lakers game the day after Rihanna’s 31st birthday.
Rihanna and Hassan at a Lakers game on February 21.
Rihanna has confirmed she's in love.
In a revealing Q&A with Ocean's 8 co-star Sarah Paulson for Interview magazine, Rih made some rare comments about her love life. She didn't mention Jameel by name, but she did confirm she was seeing someone. (When Paulson asked who her boyfriend is, Rih responded, "Google it.")
"Are you in love?" Paulson asked.
"Of course I am," Rihanna replied.
When Paulson pressed, "Are you going to get married?" Rih paused, but added, "Only God knows that, girl. We plan and god laughs, right?" She also added that she wants to be a mother "more than anything in life."
While discussing making time for herself amidst her busy schedule, she mentioned, "I got into a new relationship, and it matters to me."