Standup comedian Chris Rock has revealed that Rihanna rejected his advances at a party in 2016.
The comedian split from wife of 18 years, Malaak Compton-Rock, after repeatedly cheating on her, and was attempting to get back into dating following the divorce.
He recalled the incident in his Netflix comedy special, ‘Chris Rock: Tamborine’, which debuted on Valentine’s Day.
“After my divorce was final, I was at a party and I saw Rihanna,” he says, in the show.
“I was like, ‘OK, let’s start this again. Let me say what’s up’, right?” And I’m like, ‘How you doing, Rihanna?’”
“Rihanna looked at me like I was one of her aunts,” he continues.
“She didn’t even register me as a [expletive]-carrying member of society. Like, I would have had an easier time [expletive] Aretha Franklin.”
“Do you ever forget how old you are?” he asks the audience, referencing the fact that at 53, he is 24 years older than the 29-year-old singer.
Rock has previously spoken about his desire for Rihanna, mentioning her in his opening monologue at the Academy Awards in February 2016 when making a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith and the #OscarsSoWhite movement.
The comedian also discusses his porn addiction in the Netflix special.