Pop's Boy-Girl Pals -- From Taylor Swift & Ed Sheeran to Rihanna & Drake

Patrick Crowley
           

Rihanna and Drake act like friends with benefits, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran send each other cat videos, and along with this week's cover stars Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato, they all prove men and women can find more than romance in music’s upper echelons. Find out more about how the the boy-girl best friends met, what they bond over, and the times things got awkward.

How They Met
In 2006, at Lovato’s (failed) screen test for Jonas: “I was disappointed, but [instead] I got to have my own show.”

In Their Own Words
“I joke that he’s my twin brother but less crazy,” she says. “And yeah, I’ve got a bigger mouth than he does.”

Shared Passion
“We really both get off on conspiracy theories and UFOs,” he says. They also enjoy bowling together.

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Awkward Moment 
When she punched a dancer on a shared stage with the Jonas Brothers. “It was bad,” he says. “Yeah, really bad,” she agrees.

 

How They Met
First seen together in 2009 at an upscale Manhattan bowling alley, where Page Six says they spent the night making out.

In Their Own Words
”She [did] what I’ve done to so many women,” he told The New York Times. “Show them quality time, then disappear.”

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Shared Passion
Public flirtation, from the “Work” video lapdance to the time he said dating her would be “the ultimate fantasy.”

Awkward Moment 
He fumbled an attempt to kiss her during a surprise performance of “Work” in March, getting a hug instead.

How They Met
Sheeran’s manager introduced them in 2014. Swift quickly Instagrammed the two holding coffee mugs together.

In Their Own Words
His worldwide success was “inevitable,” she said. And he’s on her squad: “Of course. It’s not a vaginas-only club.”

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Shared Passion
Felines. After he lost his phone, she said, “Someone’s going to get videos of me having a conversation with my cat.”

Awkward Moment 
During the 2016 Grammys, when he won song of the year for “Thinking Out Loud,” the camera focused on her instead.

This article originally appeared in the July 30 issue of Billboard


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