Drake didn’t want to disrespect Rihanna by working with Chris Brown.
The 33-year-old rap star – who dated the Bajan beauty off-and-on from 2009 to 2016 – has admitted he has the “utmost love and respect” for Rihanna, who was physically assaulted by Chris in February 2009, and that caused him to hesitate before agreeing to work with her ex-boyfriend.
“I didn’t want her to ever feel disrespected by me linking up with him.”— Drake
Drake – who collaborated with Chris on the track ‘No Guidance – explained: “That person that was in the middle of us is no longer a part of either of our lives currently, and I have the most utmost love and respect for her.
“I think of her as family more than anything. I actually had a moment of hesitation before because I didn’t want her to ever feel disrespected by me linking up with him.”
Drake also opened up about his feud with fellow rapper Pusha T, saying that Kanye West – who signed Pusha to his record label in 2011 – was the root cause of their issues.
He told Rap Radar: “I think that he definitely recruited a guy with a similar dislike for me no matter what he says in interviews.
“I know that … There’s something there that bothers him deeply and yeah, I can’t fix it for him. It just is what it is.”
Despite this, Drake remains respectful of Kanye as a musician.