Actually, Drake is not dating a teenager. That's according to both Drake and the teenager. So, that settles that?
Last week, reports surfaced that the rapper had "shut down" a Washington, D.C. restaurant for a date night with Bella B Harris. The daughter of the successful music producer and frequent Janet Jackson collaborator Jimmy Jam, Harris is an up-and-coming model and recent graduate...of high school. And while yes, being 18 does make you a legal adult, the Internet's collective eyebrows were raised for a few reasons. Because, first of all, Drake is 31. What does he have in common with this teenager? And didn't they meet, as this Vice article speculates, when he was 29 and she was 16? There's also the matter that Drake is a relatively new father. Social media posts seemed to support the story that the two were an item.
However, both parties have since issued a denial, of sorts. According to ET, "a source close to the rapper" says that "Drake and Harris are not and have never been dating." On Instagram, Harris posted a picture of herself and wrote, "Coming off an amazing New York fashion week, I feel I need to set the record straight... I did not dine in DC recently. I was happily working & dining in NYC everyday."
It's certainly not impossible. Her family is in the industry; they could have met when she was a kid and become friends. And then she went to his concerts because, you know, it's a Drake concert, and posted pictures with him because, you know, he's Drake! In a way, all of their pictures together can be seen as evidence that they aren't an item.