Drake missed accepting his own award for Best Hip Hop Video becuase he was "stuck in traffic," but neither hell nor high water could keep him from Rihanna's shining moment at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night.
The 29-year-old Toronto rapper stepped up on stage in a tux to present Rihanna with her lifetime achievement Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, and snuck in a personal confession while he was there.
Drake commenced with a minutes-long speech that could have doubled for a wedding speech — or proposal.
Drake presents Rihanna with her Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
He reminisced about their first meeting 11 years ago, on the set of the "Pon De Replay" music video, which preceded "Work" another video shot by Director X, that was also filmed in Toronto.
The rapper counted off her achievements and claims to fame, from her performance, to her style to her raw attitude.
He commended her for being the "same girl from Barbados surrounded by the same friends speaking with the same accent," and finished revealing:
"She’s someone I’ve been in love with since I was 22 years old."
— MTV (@MTV) August 29, 2016
And right on cue, the Internet burst into flames.
— Goldie Taylor (@goldietaylor) August 29, 2016
DO YALL HEAR ME CHOKING ON MY TEARS? https://t.co/wBEmb7jmsU
— hanan (@fentyhaan) August 29, 2016
I want a Drake. Just someone to adore me 24/7 and worship at my feet, while I constantly assert that I am, in fact, too good for them.
— Olivia (@kahmil_) August 29, 2016
Drake: I love you
— Low (@LowKeyUHTN) August 29, 2016
The puzzling question that remains to be answered is, are they officially a couple?
— rae andrade (@rayyychhh) August 29, 2016
The on-stage awkward cheek kisses were hard to decipher, but backstage they walked arm-in-arm.
— Word On Road (@WordOnRd) August 29, 2016
Drake: I love you
Rihanna: I love me too
— Kwame Taught Me (@Hood_Biologist) August 29, 2016
Drake: Rihanna, I Love You
Rihanna: why are you dressed like you're going to prom? pic.twitter.com/M3S4FngSH2
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) August 29, 2016
Rihanna didn't curve Drake. When he said he loved her, she giggled & rolled her eyes. That's West Indian for: "I love you too".
— Wanna (@wordsbywanna) August 29, 2016
And then later that night, our besotted boy Drake posted this on Instagram:
A lil' shot of him and Rihanna cuddling while the CN Tower looms above. He's in love and he wants the world to know it!