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Drake's Dad: 'My son and Rihanna are just friends'

RUMOURED ROMANCE: Rihanna and Drake

DESPITE THEIR matching tattoos, on stage chemistry and Drake’s public declaration of love for Rihanna, the pair are nothing more than friends according to Drake's dad, Dennis Graham.

The pair, who briefly dated in 2009, have teased fans with their recent displays of affection leading many to believe that this time round it’s the real deal.

Dennis told TMZ cameras that contrary to reports, they're just friends.

"They're friends, they've been friends for years," he said, when questioned about the blossoming romance.

Asked if he was happy about his son potentially settling down with the Bajan songstress, he answered: "I don't know about settling down, no they're friends."

JUST FRIENDS: Dennis Graham

When he was further questioned about claims they're in "love" he continued to be very clear: "There's no relationship, they're friends."

He even dismissed the matching shark tattoos, joking anyone could get a tattoo.

The 29-year-old rapper presented the Bajan songstress with the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the recent MTV VMA awards.

Introducing Rihanna, the Hotline Bling rapper gushed that he had been in love with the singer since he was 22.

The pair ended the night arriving hand in hand at a VMA after party.

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