Rihanna's latest single, "Work," from her long-awaited album Anti quickly shot to the top of the charts and has everyone talking. But even though the song is catchy, can't-get-it-out-of-your-head, RiRi perfection, it leaves you wondering two things. Who is Rihanna's "Work" about and what exactly is she saying? The answer to latter question is that she's singing in Patois, according to Black Girl with Long Hair, which is probably why it doesn't sound entirely like English (because, uh, it isn't). But the answer to first question is far less clear, especially since Rihanna is pretty private when it comes to her relationship status. Breaking down the lyrics, it clear that the "Work" was written about relationship issues, even though in a recent interview, she told Vogue that she's single.
Could "Work" be a glimpse into Rihanna's private life? Might it be a not-so-obvious hint that her on-again-off-again relationship with Drake is totally back on (I mean, clearly their chemistry is off the charts)? Maybe it's about someone else's relationship problems — totally possible, since "Work" had a total of eight co-writers, according to Mic. Or maybe she just felt like writing something that everyone could relate to. I mean, who hasn't struggled with wondering whether the person you're with isn't into you the way you're into them?
Rumors of a rekindled relationship between Drake and Rihanna (who have also collaborated musically multiple times) are swirling in a big way following the single's release. According OK! magazine, the couple has been an item for a few months, although the relationship is allegedly not at all serious (which makes sense, given their history). But even if they aren't dating, it's clear they are at least good friends. Rihanna told Vogue, "everything [Drake] does is so amazing," and according to Billboard, she also said on Ellen that she'd "love to go on tour with Drake. That has to happen."
Could it be possible though, that despite, you know, being Rihanna, RiRi actually is having difficulty finding love? That's what she says, at least. Rihanna also told Ellen,
I'm single right now and it's not that I'm like, 'Oh, pro-single, yes, I hate men!' I just think I have so much on my plate that I can't even find the time to entertain a steady relationship or anything serious. Or even a text.
Well, even though the swirling rumor mill might keep the subject of this song a secret forever, there's one thing I do know for sure: my three-year-old has been practically obsessed with "Work" ever since he first heard it. In the eyes of my toddler, Rihanna is totally a total boss, regardless of who the song is about. Sometimes kids are so wise.