‘It wasn’t hot and heavy’: SZA opens up about ‘childish’ romance with Drake in 2009

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Drake’s mention of an ex in a 2020 song set the internet abuzz, and now, SZA is providing fans with a closer glimpse into their short-lived relationship. In an exclusive Rolling Stone cover story interview, the ‘Kill Bill’ hitmaker offered candid insights into her ‘childish’ romance with the ‘God’s Plan’ rapper.

“We were really young,” shared SZA, 33, with the outlet. “It wasn’t hot and heavy or anything. It was like youth vibes. It was so childish.” The two reportedly dated during their time in New York City, shortly after SZA had graduated from high school.

Drake and SZA dated in 2009

In the 2020 song “Mr. Right Now,” featuring 21 Savage and Metro Boomin, Drake name-dropped SZA and spilled the beans about their decades-old romance in 2009. “Yeah, said she wanna f—k to some SZA, wait / ‘Cause I used to date SZA back in ’08,” he rapped on the track. “If you cool with it, baby, she can still play / While I jump inside that box and have a field day.”

Soon after the release of the song, the ‘Snooze’ singer took to Twitter, now X, and gave brief details about their young relationship. “In this case a year of poetic rap license mattered lol I think he just innocently rhymed 08 w wait . Anybody who really knows me and was around during this time can confirm … it’s all love all peace,” she wrote in the tweet.

SZA, who was 18 years old at the time, ensured that no one mistakenly believed she was “underage” or that there was anything “creepy” about Drake’s actions, given that he was 21 and she was 18. “Completely innocent,” she wrote in a separate tweet. Lifetimes ago.”

Drake regrets name-dropping exes in songs

In a March interview, Drake hinted at his regret of including his past relationships in his music. During a conversation with Lil Yachty on “Moody Conversations,” the 36-year-old rapper admitted that he regrets referencing his exes in his songs, which unintentionally led to the “disruption” of their lives.

“I had somebody tell me one time, ‘You know, it’s not necessarily what you’re saying about me, it’s the fact that you said it,’” he said, recalling a chat with an ex-girlfriend. “‘You don’t know who my boyfriend is at the time, or you don’t know what my family knows or doesn’t know. And if you express any form of discontent for me and call me by name in a song, then all of a sudden I’m left to pick up the pieces of my own life that I’ve tried to build up for myself.’”

SZA’s view on love

In her recent interview with Rolling Stone, SZA discussed how her views on love have changed over time, including her five-year engagement with an unnamed ex-boyfriend. “I feel like I have more to offer than the way I look and my energy, but it’s like, I’m human, that s— is all-encompassing,” she said.

“I want to stunt like me when I meet the person I envision me being with. I envision them falling in love with me the way I am,” SZA added. “But I guess it’s like I have to release that idea. Maybe it’s because I don’t know if I’ll like the way I am later?”