The Canadian musician we know as Drake was born Aubrey Graham, though in fairness Drake is his real middle name (and we’d fall back on it, too). Although he might have started out in dubious fashion, gaining his start as an actor in Degrassi: The Next Generation, he has since made real headway in the music industry. With multiple platinum albums, Grammy awards, and success records now under his belt, he can definitely say he’s made it.
So what comes along with making it in the music industry for a young man who isn’t too bad looking? Money and fame are a given, but so too are the hot women and girls fawning over him. Also working under the pseudonym of Champagne Papi, this is one man who has seen his fair share of beautiful women draped over his arm – and then some.
Bear in mind that this list contains only the 15 hottest women that he has dated. Yes, there are more than this, and yes, there are models who did not make it onto this list. Let that sink in for a moment. Now allow us to take you on a magical journey through the hottest women romantically linked with Drake.
15 Cat Washington
Here’s a face that is familiar to reality TV fans: Cat Washington first found fame on Bad Girls Club, but actually met Drake a little later, in 2009. “It was an awesome relationship,” she said, even though she was swiftly replaced by Rihanna. “I was in love, he was in love and by the way in the song he said he was in love, so don’t try to switch it up now. It was good. I’m talking family dinners and we in Whole Foods pushing the cart around. It was a regular relationship.” Clearly, it just wasn’t meant to last, and Drake was soon on to women who you are much more likely to recognize.
14 Serena Williams
Not only has Drake been linked to one of the most successful female tennis players of all time, but he’s also been linked to her for some time. It was back in 2011 that Common first started a beef with Drake over Serena, stating that he was seeing Serena first before Drake came along. Since then they have been spotted getting cosy together on multiple occasions, suggesting that theirs is very much an on-again and off-again relationship. They were most recently spotted at a restaurant in 2015, though reports aren’t clear on their current status. Perhaps it’s not a case of one “love” for the pair (sorry!).
13 Bernice Burgos
Interestingly enough, while Burgos might be more well-known now, she was not on anyone’s radar until dating Drake. At the time, she was a 34-year-old bottle waitress from the Bronx. Something about her caught Drake’s eye, and they were soon photographed together in a passionate embrace in Australia. Whatever went wrong between them, it all went right for her: she is now successfully leading a modelling career, mostly due to the popularity of her Instagram account. Take a look and you’ll probably be able to pick out at least three things that Drake must have liked very much about her.
12 Kat Dennings
This is a bit of an odd one, as while he was able to have his cake, it doesn’t seem like Drake was able to eat it, too. The way he tells it, he was more of a fan looking to get dinner with his crush, and she was kind enough to oblige him. It was just the one night out together, and he claims that she never called him back afterwards. It seems fairly rare for Drake to see a girl just one time and then never again, so Kat is in a small minority. Most of his old dates can be connected to him again even years later!
11 Dollicia Bryan
This doll-like beauty has been linked with some big names in the music industry, including Bow Wow and Jamie Foxx. It’s no surprise, therefore, that she has also spent some time in the arms of Drake. They actually dated for just one month back in 2011, but apparently it didn’t work out between them at that time. There have not been any reports linking the two since then, as Dollicia seems to have moved on in her own way through a string of other supposed romantic links. Drake, meanwhile, was busy with the ladies on the rest of this list.
10 Zoe Kravitz
This one is a classic case of two “just friends” who really seem to be far more than that. Zoe calls him Aubrey, and describes him as a very good friend when asked. Contradicting this is the fact that they have both shared images of themselves canoodling all over Instagram, suggesting that they are a lot closer than they like to admit to the press. They were even seen making out at a Beyonce concert in 2013. It’s possible they did start out as just friends, of course – Drake described her as “one of my favourite people in the world” back in 2011.
9 Nicki Minaj
This one was lingering in the realms of rumour, with neither side willing to confirm, until Drake broke his silence. The pair unfortunately then ended their relationship, with Nicki going on to get engaged to Meek Mill. Drake apparently had a beef with her fiancé, and after that, they haven’t spoken much at all. It looks like this is one relationship where the candle has not been kept aflame in his heart – even though he claims that they were getting pretty serious at one point, and that he now has a lot of respect for her as a person.
8 Teyana Taylor
Drake definitely likes to hold on to his women for a long time, often going back to old flames for another round, and Teyana is no exception. It seems that their history dates back to 2009 and beyond, when she posted photographs of herself kissing Drake on her MySpace page. Just the fact that it was on MySpace should give you an idea of how long ago this all was! They also appeared close in an Instagram photograph posted in 2013, in which Drake appeared to hint at a relationship with the caption. We don’t know the full story here, but there’s clearly water under the bridge.
7 Amber Rose
At this point, who in the music industry hasn’t dated Amber Rose? Rumours about her and Drake have been flying thick and fast over the years, most recently in early 2016 when they were spotted out together in a private dinner the night after a party at Drake’s house. It all started, however, back in 2010, when they were spotted out and about together right after Amber broke up with Kanye West. With Drake’s track record, it seems almost inevitable that these rumours of an on and off again romance are true. It seems that spreading the dates over a few years is his preferred MO.
6 Keshia Chante
Singer and radio host on 106 & Park Keshia must have caught Drake’s eye back in their early careers. Actually, these two cuties first got into a relationship when they were just 14 – all together now: awwww! She came to Toronto to work on her music career and he was working on Degrassi in the city, and the rest was history. It seems that the relationship continued until they were a little older, with Keshia and her mother even getting a reference in Drake’s "Deceiving," and Keshia doing vocals for him on "Fallen" in 2012. He says he’s proud to call her an ex-girlfriend.
5 Rita Ora
Rita Ora seems to have quite the ongoing connection with Drake – he wrote "R.I.P." for her, and then she ended up as his support act on tour in 2012. It was there that they were spotted kissing backstage before a gig in Newcastle. But rumours suggest that they started seeing each other before that, even though Rita was dating Rob Kardashian at the time. It was even whispered that her relationship with Rob ended after she was caught sleeping with Drake. They certainly weren’t trying to hide their romance backstage, but as with all things, it came to an end.
4 Sophia Marie
Drake is surrounded by beautiful women on a regular basis, so it’s no wonder that occasionally his paths cross with a lady who catches his eye at work. Sophia Marie is a model and dancer who appeared in the video for "Best I Ever Had." After that, they were linked together for a brief period in 2012. Interestingly enough, people commented at the time that she looked a little like Rihanna. She later went on to talk about their short relationship in interviews, claiming they were just friends – in an altogether unconvincing tone. This rumour is definitely still alive and kicking.
3 Jhonni Blaze
This is perhaps one of the most shocking stories to come out about Drake, as he was linked to stripper Blaze in an alleged one-night stand. The way she tells it, they spent the night together, and she left in the morning. However, that wasn’t the end of it. His team then went on to threaten her life if she leaked details of the event. Naturally, she went straight to the police, only for his team to straight-up deny that any of it happened. We’ll probably never know the truth of how this whole event went down, as Drake denies anything ever happened between the pair.
2 Tyra Banks
Yes, the Champagne Papi has even dated one of the hottest supermodels of all time. Tyra Banks might be known for her outrageous behaviour more than her stunning good looks these days, but it seems that Drake didn’t mind when he went out on a date with her. He admitted it was just the once, but gave no indication as to what might have prevented a repeat performance. “We went to Disneyland in disguise actually, which was fun,” he said of their meeting. We fail to imagine any kind of disguise that would hide Tyra and Drake, unless of course they decided to be mascots for the day.
It was always going come back to bad girl RiRi for the number one spot. Their relationship has also had something of an on-and-off nature; they were first linked in 2009 through to 2010, as both of them were finding their feet in the industry and starting to experience real fame for the first time. She, however, was reportedly not looking for anything serious, and quickly broke it off. Drake has stated since that it hit him hard, and it shows; they are still occasionally snapped together in nightclubs getting cosy. It seems that he just can’t let this one go.