Well I feel bamboozled, led a stray, run a muck…. lol
Tongues have been wagging since New Year’s Eve, including ours, about a possible budding romance between Leonardo DiCaprio and Rihanna. The talk reached a fever pitch this weekend when the two were spotted walking out of Up & Down nightclub together at 4:30 a.m. on Valentine’s Day. But Confidenti@l has learned the biggest thing Leo and RiRi have in common is club kingpin Richie Akiva, who’s Leo’s longtime BFF — and maybe even something more to RiRi.
“If they’re not dating, they’re hanging out, you know?” a prominent nightlife insider tells us with a wink.
Akiva and Rihanna have been nearly inseparable since New Year’s Eve, with DiCaprio playing the role of wingman for a change. The trio have been spotted together in Akiva’s clubs Up & Down and 1Oak throughout Fashion Week. They also spent the new year’s holiday together on St. Barth’s, and headlines screamed that the “Blood Diamond” star and “Diamonds” singer were a pair, though we’re told RiRi spent most of her time with Akiva while Leo was at the beach fishing for models.
“Richie was with Rihanna in St. Barth’s — that’s where it started,” says an insider close to the pair. “They’ve been hanging out together a lot.”
We’re told that as of Tuesday, Rihanna and Akiva were planning to hit Up & Down later that night, although it was unclear if Leo planned to join them. A clubgoer who was with the trio at Up & Down last week for a party hosted by Rihanna’s ex-boyfriend Drake, said everyone in the joint knew Rihanna was there with Akiva.
“She’s not showing up with Leo, she’s showing up with Richie,” we’re assured. Our insider knew something was up when Akiva got on the club mic that night to give a shout-out to Rihanna before having the deejay play one of her songs.
“I’ve been at 25 to 30 clubs where Rihanna was hanging out,” says our night owl. “If anyone else had done that, she would’ve been pissed.”
Rihanna (and Mary J. Blige, left) hit the Zac Posen show during New York Fashion Week on Monday.
But in this case, Rihanna laughed and sang and danced with DiCaprio close and Akiva closer.
“Leo was seated at the same table, but he was hitting on different girls,” says our insider. “Richie was bouncing between the two of them.”
Akiva was on hand on Valentine’s Day when Rihanna and DiCaprio were spotted exiting Up & Down minutes after each other, but our insider tells us that 14th St. club has multiple “secret” exits, one of which goes through the sports bar next door.
“There’s a secret hallway, I think, behind a bookshelf or something,” our insider says. “It lets people come in and out of the club without attracting attention.”
Rihanna’s publicist Amanda Silverman declined to comment.
A rep for Up & Down declined to comment.
Well how about that?! Leo the decoy boy lol! Gotta love it!! Keeping us on our toes @badgalriri 😜 😜 😜