8 Things Rihanna And Travis Barker Have In Common

According to Media Takeout, Rihanna is dating Travis Barker, the uber-tattooed drummer of Blink-182. Two Rihanna insiders confirm that RiRi and Travis are mushy puppies over each other—apparently they went on a few dates years ago, but are now seeing each other for real. Supposedly, Rihanna will be appearing in his video for “Can a Drummer Get Some?” It appears the answer to that question is: yes.

On the surface, these two are an odd pairing. She’s R&B/reggae/pop while he’s punk rock. She’s high fashion while he’s T-shirts with insanely big arm holes. She’s 22 while he’s 35. But after the jump, a few things they have in common, besides both liking soup and being able to talk or not talk for hours.

  1. They love tattoos. The majority of Travis’ body is covered in ink. “I tattooed my body so I couldn’t fall back on anything,” he once said. “I purposely did that so I couldn’t get a normal job and live a normal life. I did it so I had to play music.” Rihanna, meanwhile has 14 tattoos. “I like hanging out in tattoo shops,” she said. “I am so intrigued by tattoos. It’s an entire culture.” [Fashionista 101, Answers]
  2. Ditto for piercings. He has his lip and nose pierced, while she supposedly has her nipple pierced. [StyleBistro]
  3. Duh, both of them are musicians. And they both turned to music hardcore circa age 14—he when his mom died of cancer and she when her parents split up.
  4. Specifically, they both love the drums. In 2010, Travis even gave RiRi drumming lessons. She played them in her video for “Rude Boy.” [Spin]
  5. Travis has a thing for former beauty queens. He was famously married to Shanna Moakler, who was Miss USA in 1995. Rihanna was Miss Combermere in 2004.
  6. Speaking of their last big relationships, neither of theirs ended well. When Travis and Shanna split in 2006, Shanna threw a divorce party complete with a cake with knife-wielding bride and a bloody groom. Rihanna broke up with Chris Brown following a physical fight that landed her with serious physical injuries.
  7. They have a Jay-Z connection. Travis remixed his collaboration with Kanye West, “H.A.M.” And Jay is the one who launched Rihanna’s career.
  8. They both look good in tight pants. Yep, that’s all I got.

What do you think—a good couple or no?