Drake Opens Up About Love & His War With Chris Brown In GQ: “He’s Made Me The Enemy!”
Drake is sick and tired of his name being synonymous with Chris Brown. The 26-year-old was famously involved in a nightclub brawl with the R&B singer late last summer. But in the July 2013 issue of GQ, Drake admits he wants to put the whole thing behind him and move on.
“I don’t want my name to be synonymous with that guy’s name,” he said. “I really don’t. I wish we could sit down, just like you and me are right now, and talk it out man-to-man. But that’s not going to happen. I’m not confrontational, but if someone challenges, I’m not going to back down.”
“It’s embarrassing, the amount of media coverage,” he adds. “Two rappers fighting over the woman. He’s not even a rapper, but still, it’s the last way you want your name out there. It distracts from the music. But he’s made me the enemy, and that’s the way it’s gonna stay, I guess.”
Drake is definitely a lover and not a fighter, although a recent encounter with a Hollywood heavyweight made him question if he has ever truly experienced the former. “I had lunch the other day with someone I extremely look up to. Okay—I had lunch with Will Smith,” he says. “Listening to him talk, it made me think I don’t know what love is. [Smith] said love is when you become one and you need that person. It’s not about wanting anymore, you need that person. Hearing that, I don’t know if I’ve ever felt that way.”
But his new album, Nothing Was the Same, set for release this August, Drake is just fine focusing on his greatest love: music. “You know the way fighters don’t f–k before the fight? Sometimes I feel like I’m so focused on training my body and getting my mind right to create this album that sex isn’t one of my main priorities,” he says. “If someone is around that I know and trust, I’m down. But I’m not going to end up with some stranger at this party. I’ve made a lot of music about love being the only thing I’m missing. I think this is the first album I’ve made saying, I’m okay. I’m enjoying it right now. Maybe this is my time to grind it out, make a run for it and add some memories with my boys.”
For more on Drake’s thoughts on love, fame, and Chris Brown’s turbulent relationship with Rihanna, check out the full GQ cover story, “How to Drake It in America,” here.