By: William Lawson
Social media is where all of the shade is thrown. The latest shade can be found on Instagram and the shade thrower is Rihanna herself. Rihanna has 24.5 million followers on the social media platform, and earlier today she put NBA player Matt Barnes on front street for making it seem as if they had a romantic relationship–or a relationship of any kind.
Rumors that Riri and Barnes were dating sparked some time ago when the Memphis Grizzlies player made it very clear that he was a fan and member of the Rihanna Navy. Barnes made Riri his #WCW (Woman Crush Wednesday) on Instagram a few months back. He also flirted with her via Twitter in 2012 while she sat courtside at at Lakers game.
TMZ Sports caught up with Barnes’ ex wife Gloria Govan and she gave the two her stamp of approval … but only if she gets concert tickets! When TMZ asked Barnes what was really going on with him and Riri, and he said “[Rihanna and I are] just past the crush stage.” Rihanna must subscribe to TMZ, because she caught wind of that answer and took to Twitter to squash any link-romantically or otherwise-to Barnes:
Rihanna posted the picture of Barnes, which happens to be a screenshot from the TMZ Sports video, and captioned it with hashtags not only denying any romantic involvement but also throwing major shade his way: “#bishwhere #thedevilisaliar #shesnotthatintoyou #shesnotintoyouatall #shesneverevenmetyou #thisactuallyhurtmyfeelings #defamationofcharacter.” Awkward. Sorry, Matt. Maybe next time?
Barnes allegedly commented on the post and said, “Hahaaa wow.”
BUT, there are some men that RIhanna does claim (sorry Matt) and they are Karim Benzema and Lewis Hamilton.
As recent as a few weeks ago, Riri was romantically linked with Karim but a source told E! News that “Karim is fading out and it looks like Rihanna has only one guy on her mind, and that’s Lewis.” As far as Lewis is concerned, the source added that she is taking it slow and has not put a “label” on them yet.
The two have been caught on various trips together and seem to be getting pretty close. Maybe it’ll make Matt happy that she’s at least with another athlete? #Brotherhood?