Does Rihanna’s Latest Beau Fast on Yom Kippur?
Rihanna’s rumored new boyfriend is a Jewish nightclub owner who admitted he has been fasting for religious holidays ever since he was a child.
The Barbadian singer, 26, is rumored to be dating New York native Richie Akiva, according to Hollyscoop. The 35-year-old told New York Magazine in 2007 that he fasts on Jewish holidays and doesn’t even wash his face during them.
Akiva is a part owner of 1OAK night club in New York City and is close with a number of celebrities, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jay Z, Jamie Foxx and Naomi Campbell. Rihanna met Akiva while they were both vacationing in St. Barth’s over New Year’s Eve, Hollyscoop reported.
Akiva on Monday posted on Instagram a black-and-white photo of himself with the Diamonds singer, Campbell and Dave Chappelle. He was also at 1OAK on Feb. 13, when DiCaprio and Rihanna reportedly got close. For the past few days rumors swirled that the actor and singer were dating.
Akiva was born and raised in Tribeca and went to several different private schools before graduating from Dwight School on the Upper East Side, The Jewish Voice reported in June.
At 19 he was working as a nightclub promoter; the lucrative business led him to seek a career in the nightlife industry. He partnered with Scott Sartiano in 2000 and started a hospitality and management service business called the Butter Group. Richie then went on to open the clubs Butter, 1OAK and the G Spa & Lounge, and later the 1950’s style dinner club The Darby. He is part owner of the OSO energy drink line and is in the process of developing his own clothing line and record label.
Akiva is also active in helping New York’s Jewish community. In 2011 he hosted at 1OAK a benefit for the Be’er Hagolah Institutes in Brooklyn to help give disadvantaged Jewish children a better education, according to The Wall Street Journal.