In case you didn’t learn this from her ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’ video, you really shouldn’t ever mess with Rihanna.
It’s a lesson NBA star Matt Barnes has learnt the hard way, after his comments about the status of his relationship with RiRi went down decidedly badly with the lovely lady herself.
It began like so many other classic love stories: with TMZ cornering the former Los Angeles Clippers hitman in his downtime Sunday.
Asked if he and Rihanna were dating, Barnes said they were feeling things out.
“Rihanna’s my friend right now so um we’ll see where it goes… I think it just passed the crush stage, a little bit,” Barnes said.
Asked if the two would be strained by distance with Barnes signing on with the Memphis Grizzlies, he said he wasn’t worried. “Nah, she’s rich,” Barnes said. “We’ll be all right.”
Becoming more guarded, Barnes then called rumours of their dating “speculation.” “All that is rumours. All that is speculation,” Barnes said. “We’re friends, and we’ll see where it goes from there.”
Hinting that the two have never even met (awkward), the pop star shared a screenshot from the interview on her Instagram, captioning it with a bunch of hashtags. One read: “#shesneverevenmetyou,” while another said: “#shesnotthatintoyou.” She finished by hashtagging with: “#defamationofcharacter.”
Reaction to Barnes’ seemingly wishful thinking has been, well, not entirely kind: