After nearly four years together, superstar couple Rosalía and Rauw Alejandro announced their engagement on March 24 via their music video “Beso.” It was also the same day they dropped their first-ever joint project — the three-song EP RR.
After months of messaging each other on social media, the Spanish star and the Puerto Rican hitmaker officially met in person in 2019 at a Las Vegas hotel lounge during the Latin Grammys. It was love at first sight, the couple told Billboard for their cover story interview.
Since, the Rosalía and Alejandro have been each other’s biggest supporters on and off the stage. Before RR, the couple had subtly collaborated on previous projects. Rosalía sang backing vocals on “Dile a Él” from Rauw’s first album, Afrodisiaco (2020) as well as on “Corazón Despeinado” from Saturno (2022). Meanwhile, Alejandro co-wrote some lyrics for Rosalía’s “Chicken Teriyaki” from her Grammy and Latin Grammy-winning 2022 album, Motomami.
“In terms of collaborations, the big difference is you’re collaborating with the love of your life. At least, I am,” Alejandro shared with Billboard. Rosalía later added, “I’m lucky to be your partner, and I want to be there for you, sabes? And I feel you’re there for me, independent of the careers. For me, our relationship is first, and then there’s everything else. Of course my career is super important in my life, but at the same time, in my life, you’re my companion, and everything else comes second.”
Currently, Rosalía is on a 20-date festival tour, which kicked off at Lollapalooza Argentina on March 17 and includes shows at Coachella and Primavera Sound. Alejandro is on his ambitious 80-plus-date global arena tour, which kicked off March 4 in Tampa, Fla.
Read on for a complete timeline of Rosalía and Rauw Alejandro’s relationship.
November 2019: Meeting IRL
After telling Billboard that they began exchanging Instagram DMs in 2019, the couple officially met in person at a Las Vegas hotel lounge during the 2019 Latin Grammys. “I was nervous, I’m not going to lie,” Rauw says. “Rosi came down and I saw her. I got even more nervous.” The couple also reveals in our interview that it was “100% love at first sight.”
2020: First Collaborative Efforts
Long before going public, the couple had subtly collaborated on each other’s previous projects; Rosalía sang backing vocals on “Dile a Él” from the Puerto Rican artist’s first album, Afrodisiaco (2020).
Later, she also did vocals on his “Corazón Despeinado” from Saturno (2022) and helped pen “Caprichoso” from Rauw’s EP Trap Cake, Vol. 2 (2022). Rauw also co-wrote some lyrics for Rosalía’s “Chicken Teriyaki” from her Grammy and Latin Grammy-winning 2022 album, Motomami.
September 2021: The First TikTok
On September 24, 2021—after a few paparazzi photos circulated the internet and much speculation that they were dating—Rauw and Rosalía posted their first TikTok video together on Rosalia’s account. In the clip, they are in a living room setting and are seen making a heart gesture with their arms to a viral sound. The clip has nearly 100 million views at time of publishing.
September 2021: Instagram Official
The next day, on Rosalía’s 28th birthday (Sept. 25), both artists shared never-before-seen photos on Instagram. “BlisssssSSSS, Libra, and blessed,” the Spanish singer-songwriter posted, along with photos in the arms of Rauw as he plays video games. On his Instagram, the “Todo de Ti” singer shared pics with Rosalia out in the ocean. “Even if the sun leaves, the day never ends with you. Happy birthday, bebe,” he captioned the post, referencing the heartfelt lyrics of his track “Aquel Nap ZzZz.”
November 2021: Red Carpet Debut
On November 12, the new “it” couple made their official red carpet debut at Los40 Music Awards held in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Not only did they look adorable hand-in-hand, but later in the show, Rosalía presented Rauw with the best international Latin urban artist or group award and they smooched on stage. Rauw thanked his “beautiful girlfriend” for being his “muse.”
May 2022: First Hints of a Collab
During his panel at Billboard’s MusicCon, Alejandro talked about collaborating with Rosalía. “For sure, we have a few [things planned] in the studio already,” he confirmed. “It’s a surprise. Those songs are [under] extra security. We’re planning to do the release — I’m not going to say when, but soon. We’re doing it for the love of the fans and she’s my girl and I did those songs with more love. No. 1 for sure.”
June 2022: Engagement Rumors
Last summer, the couple took time from their busy schedules to spend quality time together in Greece — and many fans believed that Rauw popped the big question during the vacation. On their Instagram accounts, they were seen eating frozen yogurt, riding a bike around town, and enjoying a day out on the boat. Among the countless photos and Instagram Stories they shared, Rosalía posted a blurry photo of herself with a shot glass in hand and a bright diamond on her ring finger, making social media users believe they got engaged.
November 2022: Lovers at Latin Grammys
The couple was all cute and lovey-dovey at the 2022 Latin Grammys in Las Vegas. First, they walked the carpet together serving nothing but power couple vibes. Then, they danced reggaetón for viewers back home during Rosalía’s performance, followed by one of her many wins that night — that one for the coveted album of the year award — for her Motomami album.
“Many, many, many thanks. Motomami is the album that I’ve [most] had to fight for, that’s been hardest to do, but I kept going,” she said. “Thanks for always supporting my music, because my music is always changing,” she added, before launching into a long list of thank-yous that included her famous boyfriend, Rauw Alejandro. “Thank you to the love of my life. Baby, I love you,” she said pointing toward Rauw in the first row.
December 2022: New Year’s Eve in Japan
To close off a successful 2022 for each of their careers but also as a remarkable couple, Rauw & Rosalía spent their end-of-year holidays in Japan. On since-deleted stories posted on Instagram, we saw the couple singing songs by Daddy Yankee and Cher at a karaoke spot, and also spending New Year’s Eve with new couple Christian Nodal and Cazzu, along with other friends.
March 2023: The EP, The Engagement, The Cover
Come Spring 2023, the couple are going stronger than ever. They dropped their EP RR with tracks “Beso,” “Vampiros,” and “Promesa.” In the official music video for the former — following a joyous collage of beautiful moments the couple has spent together during their three-year relationship traveling the world — teary-eyed Rosalía flaunts her engagement ring. And on March 29, Billboard unveiled its Touring Issue, with both Rauw and Rosalía in their first joint cover, where they opened up about their relationship like never before.