Drake Controversy: In 2018, when she was only 14, Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown said on the Emmys red carpet that she and Canadian rapper Drake were “great friends” and often texted each other. “We just texted each other the other day, and he said, “I miss you so much,” and I replied, “I miss you more.” She told Access Hollywood that he was great. Drake was 32 at the time.
As soon as the news came out, people on the internet, especially on Twitter, started to worry about the relationship between the two celebrities. As soon as the controversy started, it was clear that Drake wasn’t just texting Brown. He was also texting other young girls.
Billie Eilish sat down with Vanity Fair in November 2019 for the third year in a row and was asked the same questions. In the video, Eilish is asked the same questions about her life and career while her old interviews are played back so she can react to them and see how much her life has changed in just a few short years. “Who is the most famous person in your phone?” was one of the questions she was asked. In the 2017 interview, the singer mentioned Khalid, a fellow singer who she also called “a homie of mine.”
In 2019, Eilish, on the other hand, knew a lot more famous people who she could quote. Before she got to Drake, she named Hailey and Justin Bieber, Young Thug, Avril Lavigne, Ariana Grande, Kid Cudi, Ty Dolla $ign, Teyana Taylor, and a lot of other people she didn’t name. She then gave a short speech about how nice the rapper is, especially considering his fame and wealth.
She went on to say that they had texted back and forth before. “But like Drake, c’mon. Drake. Drake is pretty much the nicest person I’ve ever met. Even though we’ve only texted, he’s so nice. He doesn’t have to be nice, for example. You get what I’m saying? At this point in his life, he doesn’t have to be nice, but he is. ” During the interview, Eilish talked too much. Even though the texts she and Drake send each other may not be dangerous, some fans found it odd that the then-33-year-old musician was again found to be texting a girl under the age of 18.
Drake‘s behavior in the two situations above was strange enough to make some people raise their eyebrows, but it wasn’t the only time he acted like a predator. In May 2010, the rapper was performing in Denver, Colorado. He asked a fan to join him on stage. What happened next was caught on video by someone at the concert and posted online in 2019, right after Brown said that Drake, whom she had first met in Australia in November 2017, had texted her “boy advice.”
In the clip from 2010, the Canadian rapper invites the girl on stage during his show at the Ogden Theater, dances with her, kisses her neck, makes a comment about her shampoo, and then pulls her shirt down at the back of the neck to kiss her again. He stands behind her and puts both hands across her chest. Then he picks up his microphone and says, “I’m getting carried away.” When asked how old she is, the girl says she is 17. Drake says, “Man, I can’t go to jail yet!”
“Why do you look like that?” he asks after learning her age. Thief! Wow. If I should feel guilty, I had fun. I enjoy how your breasts feel on mine. Then, he kisses her cheeks and forehead in a weird way. Drake was 23 in the video. In Colorado, consent age is 17. To date, he has not replied to the video and his US spokesperson has never spoken.
Don’t believe Drizzy’s shady methods are over. Drake mentions SZA in a stanza on 21 Savage and Metro Boomin’s 2020 single ‘Mr. Right Now’ Drake raps, “Yeah, she wants to fuck SZA, wait ‘cuz I dated SZA in ’08” In 2008, SZA was 17 and Drake 22. In Toronto, the age of consent is 16, whereas in California it’s 18.
when we found out drake, 31, is texting millie bobby brown, 14, talking bout "i miss you so much" pic.twitter.com/YkPdIdg4EK
— hunter harris (@hunteryharris) September 18, 2018
There’s a trend here. Drake’s interest in naïve young women is “a structural issue in a culture with a surplus of males in power,” writes Sandra Song in a 2018 NYLON piece. In most circumstances, it can lead to abuse, thus it can’t be ignored. Song said, “What about other young ladies who aren’t famous like Brown?” Lifetime’s Surviving R Kelly series contained heartwrenching testimonies with many women who allege they were mistreated by the singer, often in public, and no one did anything to stop him.
Celebrity culture may have blurred the borders between mutual consent and predatory behavior, but tiny occurrences like Drake’s deserve attention before another YouTube video appears and we scurry to remove its influence on susceptible minds.
Drake Early Life
Aubrey Drake Graham was born in Toronto, Canada, on October 24, 1986. Dennis, Drake’s dad, was a drummer who used to play with musicians like Jerry Lee Lewis. Sandra, who Drake called “Sandi,” was Drake’s mother. She taught English and worked as a florist. Drake went to a Jewish day school and had a big party for his Bar Mitzvah.
When Aubrey was five, Sandi and Dennis split up. His father then moved to Memphis, where he was eventually arrested on drug charges and sent to prison for several years. Aubrey stayed with his mother in Toronto, but every summer he went to see his father in Memphis (when his father was not incarcerated). Drake would later say that Dennis was never around when he was a child. Dennis has strongly denied these claims and said they were made up to sell records.
Drake and his mom lived in the bottom half of a two-story townhouse in Forest Hill, a wealthy suburb, from sixth grade on. Drake lived in the basement while his mother lived on the main floor. They didn’t have a lot of money, and things were pretty tight.
Drake found that he liked acting and singing while he was at Forest Hill Collegiate Institute. He later went to Vaughan Road Academy, where he was picked on because he was mixed race and religious. He quit school for a while, but he did finish in 2012.