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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 dick-carrying member of society. Like, I would have had an easier time fucking 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.
The comedian also discusses his porn addiction in the Netflix special.
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.
‘Jada said she’s not coming. Isn’t she on a TV show? Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited.’
Last year, Chris Rock announced plans for his first UK tour in 10 years, which took place last month.
Fans heading to the comedian’s ‘Total Blackout’ tour were banned from using their phones, as Rock described them as a “major intrusion” on his performance, arguing that he was hampered by the audience filming the show and posting on social media.
He urged fans to “take one night off from being the paparazzo of your own life”.