Rumor has it...
Before Malaika Terry but after J-Lo and Rihanna, the Canadian charmer was rumored to have his sights set on another… According to late-April reports, 6 God Drizzy Drake was dating an up and coming artist.
A source told The Sun that the “Nice For What” rapper caught feelings for English singer Raye — the first person he’s publicaly dated since Jennifer Lopez — after “some late-night studio sessions.” “And the Canadian has been wining and dining her in one of London’s swankiest restaurants,” the outlet alleged.
The outlet’s source revealed that Raye “is a massive fan of Drake’s work,” which led her to send him some of her music on Twitter. “He was clearly impressed by her songwriting talents and when they met to record, it quickly became obvious it wasn’t just her music he was interested in,” the insider continued.
They went on to say that though the relationship is still in its early stages, the duo has “already been out on a string of dates.” Drake is said to have taken Raye to his “favorite” spot in central London, Nobo Berkeley.
More than that, the source says Drake popped up at a performance Raye did for a party at London’s new Lost Rivers Leake Street. Despite the attention though, Raye is reportedly not allowing herself to get too hyped up about it.
“He’s got form for dating the hottest and most up-and-coming stars in the world so Raye isn’t reading too much into it, they’re just having fun at the moment,” the source concluded.
Proving the source’s point… At the beginning of the year, Drake was spotted trying to put the moves on Issa Rae.
The Golden Globes
While Drake killed it on the ones and twos at Netflix’s Golden Globes after party, it seemed as though he didn’t impress a certain starlet enough beforehand. Insecure actress Issa Rae allegedly turned the rapper down when he approached her after the infamous award ceremony.
E! News‘ sources offered mixed recollections of the stars’ interaction, but they all ended up with Issa walking away from Champagne Papi.
Drake — who attended the 75th annual Golden Globes Awards on the strength of his hand in Netflix’s Top Boy — was spotted approaching Issa Rae shortly after the annual ceremony ended. According to one of E!‘s insiders, the rapper “made his whole group stop so he could go talk to her.”
The source revealed that Drake invited the Insecure star to the Netflix bash he was heading to before she politely declined. “‘Thanks, but no thanks!’” the source claimed Issa replied. They went on to say that Drake, simply put, “got denied.”
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A separate source saw their interaction differently. They swear the “Hotline Bling” artist was “never denied” by Issa, but instead the two “exchanged pleasantries” in passing. “They don’t really know each other but are friendly,” the insider spilled.
Let one other source tell it though, Drake possibly wants to be more than “friendly.”
“He thinks Issa Rae is beautiful and talented. He would like to take her on date if he was given the opportunity. He talks highly of her talents to people,” E! was told.
Speculation aside, the actress’ social media posts about Drake were very telling on their own. Though a source claimed Issa declined Drake’s invitation to Netflix’s after party, she ended up there anyway. The Awkward Black Girl actress dubbed Drake “Zaddy” as she videoed him carefully DJing. The short clip switches from the rapper to Issa and a friend vibing out to the music.
If that wasn’t enough to prove the Toronto native impressed her, Issa posted another video commending Drake’s skills. Clad in a grey t-shirt while laying in bed, Issa shared that she was “pleased” with Drake’s music selections that night.
“I must say that he was a phenmonial DJ. He played all the correct tracks. The playlist was simply… correct,” she said matter-of-factly.