NBA player Matt Barnes’ week just did not start out right. Rihanna took to Instagram Sunday after the Memphis Grizzlies player implied that their friendship is “beyond the crush stage.”
The dating rumors started when Barnes recently revealed that he was “feelin’ the Barbados beauty,” stated E!News. A few months ago, the NBA player made Rihanna his #WCW or Woman Crush Wednesday on Instagram and reportedly flirted with her over Twitter a couple of years back, while the singer sat courtside for a Grizzlies-Lakers game.
What pushed the “Diamonds” singer to lash out on social media was when Barnes told TMZ at the UCLA Softball Stadium Saturday, that he and Rihanna were friends, but it could lead to something more than friendship. He also reportedly said that it does not matter if he “plays for Memphis, because she has a jet.” TMZ sources also revealed that Barnes and Rihanna already went out on two dates.
After hearing the dating rumors, the multi-awarded singer posted a snap of the Grizzlies player’s TMZ video and wrote hashtags that claimed he lied and even revealed that she has never met Barnes. Rihanna wrote, "#bishwhere #thedevilisaliar #shesnotthatintoyou #shesnotintoyouatall #shesneverevenmetyou #thisactuallyhurtmyfeelings #defamationofcharacter."
Barnes reportedly responded to the singer’s Instagram post with a simple comment, “Hahaaa wow.”
This is just one of the dating rumors that surrounded Rihanna in the past few months. The “We Found Love” crooner was linked to two other athletes, namely Real Madrid soccer player Karim Benzema and Formula One race car star Lewis Hamilton. However, sources told E!News last week that Benzema is slowly fading out of the picture, while the Rihanna-Hamilton romance have started to heat up. The insider added that the singer is “taking it slow” and did not “put a label” on them yet.
Earlier this month, Rihanna and Hamilton even spent an enjoyable holiday in Barbados with a few friends. The two also attended the annual carnival celebration together and reportedly “got some private romantic time” on the island.