Drake attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City

Drake attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City

*Rumored exes Drake and Rihanna sent tongues wagging when they were spotted hanging together at an MTV VMAs afterparty on Monday night, sparking rumors the former couple are once again an item.

Now it’s been claimed the two have been secretly hanging out before the ceremony and were spotted “getting close” on Friday night ahead of the ceremony.

RiRi and Drake, who are rumored to have dated on and off during 2010 and 2011, reportedly met up at the New York hotspot the Sons of Essex where they were spotted “cozying up.”

“Drake came in around 10 p.m. with 10 people and had four large security guards. Rihanna came about an hour later, alone, not counting her security,” a source told E! News.

“They sat in a back room, the lights were dimmed, and there was sort of a barricade of tables blocking their group off,” the source continued. “Drake and Rihanna sat right across the table from one another. They were avoiding photos, and the security kindly asked some fans to leave, because they were trying to get too close.”

“It seemed very casual,” the source went on. “Rihanna was wearing a black T-shirt and shorts. Drake was wearing a flannel shirt and a ball cap.”

Rihanna and Harry Styles attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City

Rihanna and Harry Styles at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City

The dinner must have gone well as the couple were inseparable at the after party on Sunday night, where they joined the likes of Beyonce and Jay Z at the PHD Rooftop in New York, but according to insiders all eyes were on the former couple.

“All the people inside were talking about them hanging together inside [the party],” a source told HollywoodLife. ”They left separately at the same time, but through different exits.”