Wait, Were Rihanna and Her Billionaire Boyfriend Arguing about the World Cup?

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That’s what Rihanna would have you believe.

On Tuesday, photos of Rihanna caught in a heated discussion with rumored on-again, off-again boyfriend, Saudi billionaire Hassan Jameel, flooded the internet with speculation and rumors.


Were they on again? Was there trouble in paradise (in this case, Mexico)? Was Rihanna wearing Fenty Body Lava in the middle of their dispute? Why was Jameel still wearing a trucker cap in the year of our lord, 2018? What could make the singer and beauty mogul, so notorious for being bereft of fucks, look so bothered?

On Thursday, Rihanna hinted at what had inspired their passionate debate.

“when u think u know more bout soccer 😼💪🏿 #worldcup2018" Rihanna wrote as a caption to a photo of two lions: the male lion taking an earful from his female counterpart. Clearly, the image evoked Rihanna and Jameel’s own heated display.

Screenshot: badgalriri (Instagram)

The story tracks—the bad gyal is a noted sports fan. We know she’s a big fan of the NBA and of LeBron James, specifically (but Kevin Durant—not so much).


So now a new tide of speculation begins: What about the Cup were they arguing about? Was Rih-Rih defending Neymar’s dramatic dives (“It’s a valid part of the game, Hassan!”)? Was she making a case for Senegal’s 4-4-2 being way better than Belgium’s 4-4-3? Or were they talking about whether Lionel Messi’s world cup outings disqualify him from the G.O.A.T. conversation (if you’re Diego Maradona, your answer is probably “sí”).


Either way, can we get Rihanna her own sports talk show?

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