Rihanna and Drake
Drake presents Rihanna with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards in New York, U.S., August 28, 2016 Reuters

Drake admitted he is in love with Rihanna at the MTV Video Music Awards 2016 held at Madison Square Garden on 28 August in New York City. The 29-year-old Canadian rapper presented the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award to her at the event and talked how he first met the Barbadian beauty.

"The first time I met Robyn Fenty [Rihanna's real name] was in 2005," Drake said. "She was shooting a music video at a restaurant called Avocado in Toronto. The song was 'Pon de Replay' and the director was Little X. I was introduced to her... It's hard to believe that 11 years later we'd come together to create the visual for a song called 'Work.' Today the world knows X as Director X... 11 years later, they still know Rihanna as the one and only Rihanna."

Rihanna and Drake
Rihanna and Drake exchanged kisses on the cheeks as he presented her with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award on Sunday night during the MTV Video Music Awards in New York City Reuters

"She succeeds by doing something which no one in this industry does, which is be herself. She's someone I've been in love with since I was 22 years old," he said. "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."

Adding on, Rihanna thanked her close ones, Drake and fans in her speech. She said: "My success is not my own. It's my family's. It's my fans'. It's my country's, it's the Caribbean as a whole, it's women, it's black women... so many people feel like their little piece is such a major part of this puzzle and i have to thank you guys for supporting me over and over."

Previously, Rihanna took to Instagram to share a photo of a billboard that Drake put up in her honor. The words read: "Congratulations to Rihanna from Drake and everyone at OVO"

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