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Rihanna, Drake kiss onstage at his Miami concert

Drake said he's been in love with Rihanna

Drake said he's been in love with Rihanna for years when he presented her with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the MTV VMAs last month. Credit: Getty Images / Michael Loccisano

Drake and Rihanna’s ongoing are-they-or-aren’t-they teasing of a possible relationship continued Wednesday when they shared a kiss, a hug and jokingly lascivious stage antics at a Drake concert in Miami.

In videos by several audience members at the rapper’s show at AmericanAirlines Arena, guest singer Rihanna struts out in a black minidress for a duet on “Work” followed by a solo number. During the first song, she engages in comically bawdy routines including slow-twerking against fellow Grammy winner Drake, 29. At the conclusion of the second song, Drake gives Rihanna a peck on the lips followed by what appears to be kisses on her neck. A smiling Rihanna then gives him a hug before leaving the stage.

Subsequent videos shot at an after party at the nightclub E11even Miami show Rihanna and Drake nuzzling in a way many on social media took as romantic gestures.

Representatives for both Rihanna and Drake had no comment.

Drake frequently has guest performers on his current Summer Sixteen tour, with rapper Lil Wayne also performing Wednesday, the second of a two-night concert stand in Miami.

Relationship rumors have dogged friends and regular musical collaborators Drake and Rihanna for some time. Speculation spiked during the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night, when Drake introduced Rihanna’s acceptance of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award by saying, “She’s someone I’ve been in love with since I was 22 years old. She’s one of my best friends in the world. All my adult life, I’ve looked up to her even though she’s younger than me. She’s a living, breathing legend in our industry.”

Shortly afterward he posted an Instagram photo of himself kissing Rihanna, with Toronto’s CN Tower in the background. “This is a night for us all to be thankful for what you have done for us!” he captioned it. “You have affected so many of our lives in the best way possible. Tonight we celebrate you! @badgalriri,” he concluded, using Rihanna’s Instagram handle.

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