Drake is a pretty powerful guy in his field. He’s very famous and makes a lot of popular music. It makes sense that any young woman coming up in the entertainment industry would be thrilled to have a connection with him. And that’s bothering a lot of people on the outside of this dynamic, who think his pattern of texting women under the age of 18 is not so innocent.
Most recently, 17-year-old Billie Eilish revealed in an interview with Vanity Fair that Drake texts her, claiming he is “so nice” even though they’ve never met in person.
Drake is like the nicest dude I’ve ever spoken to,” she said. “I mean, I’ve only like texted him, but he’s so nice. Like, he does not need to be nice, you know what I mean? He’s at a level in his life where he doesn’t need to be nice, but he is, you know?”
It’s entirely possible that Drake is just nice and wants to reach out to an up and comer in music who he admires. Ellish was nominated for a Grammy this year for her debut album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” and she’s been getting a lot of coverage in the media. Drake was a star as a teen as well, and might sympathize or have specific advice for someone in that position.
But for some people, this is part of an unsettling pattern. Drake also got called out for his text relationship with Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown. The 14-year-old revealed in an interview that Drake sometimes texted her about her life, including her dating life, which is…weird. Sorry. It’s weird.
On a scale of 1 to 10, we would give her an 11. Millie Bobby Brown looks fabulous on the #emmys gold carpet, and she revealed that Drake is the man behind the curtain when it comes to her dating life! Hey, stranger things have happened! 😂 pic.twitter.com/6IVqG0CWPg— Access (@accessonline) September 18, 2018
But Brown doesn’t think so. She later posted in an Instagram story that people were making an innocent friendship into something sordid, Buzzfeed reports, writing, “Why u gotta make a lovely friendship ur headline? U guys are weird…For real. I’m lucky to have people in the business extend their time to help me further my career and offer their wisdom and guidance.
“I’m very blessed to have amazing people in my life. U dont get to chose that for me. it’s nice to have people understand what I do. Now get back to talking about real problems in the world other than my friendships…jeez.”
That would be totally reasonable, except she’s a kid and kids don’t always know when they’re being groomed by adults into inappropriate relationships. Again, it could be nothing, but it could be something and that’s why grown-ups need to have clear boundaries with young people.
Many folks had something to say about this dynamic Drake seems to have with girls:
Billie Eilish just said in her vanity fair video that Drake is the nicest person ever and she has only talked to him through text. I am sorry but after news came out a while ago that 33 year old drake was texting 14 year old Millie Bobby Brown, this is creepy as hell.— Mardav Jain (@mardavj) November 26, 2019
Does anyone else think it’s strange that Drake just has Billie Eilish and Millie Bobby Brown’s numbers? It’s definitely possible he’s just being a role model and it has to do with marketing but why’s a 32 year old man texting girls under the age of 17?— Egg Nog Szn 🍶🥴 (@morriah_l) November 25, 2019
That isn’t business or collaboration just as much as taking pics, going to concerts with, etc a 16 year old model at the time. Then continue to take more romantic/suggestive pics with this teen until not long after she turned 18 when you both then denied dating rumors. pic.twitter.com/CUlFLk2WRo— Emily 💗💜💙🏳️🌈 (@gimpygirlemmy) December 1, 2019
why is drake talking to Billie eilish pic.twitter.com/yyj4h5l5kK— KEM (@fridakimlo) November 27, 2019
You say “unlikely friendship”, I say “latest example of predatory behaviour.” pic.twitter.com/lyYIbl8ZHR— Mic Wright (@brokenbottleboy) November 28, 2019
Drake is a predator grooming underage girls. https://t.co/oiOaI3QCLK— Matt (@Atenatioweren) December 1, 2019
It’s possible all this talk is very unfair to Drake. Unfortunately, music and entertainment are industries that are notoriously dangerous for girls and women, and there is more awareness and discussion of that in 2019 than ever. If Drake’s intentions are good, he should recognize that he should save his uplifting texts for someone his own age, and support the younger ones in some other way. Maybe just buy their albums and tweet about it.