Asked if he and Rihanna were dating, Barnes said they were feeling things out.
“Rihanna’s my friend right now so um we’ll see where it goes… I think it just passed the crush stage, a little bit,” Barnes said.
Asked if the two would be strained by distance with Barnes signing on with the Memphis Grizzlies, he said he wasn’t worried.
“Nah, she’s rich,” Barnes said. “We’ll be all right.”
Becoming more guarded, Barnes then called rumors of their dating “speculation.”
“All that is rumors. All that is speculation,” Barnes said. “We’re friends, and we’ll see where it goes from there.”
If this doesn’t makes sense to you, worry not. It appears to have made even less sense to Rihanna, who ran to Instagram after the interview and posted ascreenshot of Barnes with hashtag-heavy captions rebutting his claims.
Got the drop on BR . . .