On the red carpet at the Emmys on Monday night, the 14-year-old Stranger Things star told Access Hollywood, “I love him.”
Regarding her friendship with the 31-year-old, she continued, “I met him in Australia, and he’s honestly so fantastic — a great friend and a great role model. … We just texted each other the other day, and he was like, ‘I miss you so much,’ and I was like, ‘I miss you more.’”
Brown had previously said that Drake gives her life advice, so the reporter, Kit Hoover, asked her what kind. “About boys,” the teen replied. “He helps me. Yeah, yeah, yeah. He’s great. He’s wonderful. I love him.” Pressed for what advice he gives about boys, she said, “That stays in the text messages.”
Brown, who also said she’ll be seeing Drake when his tour comes to Atlanta in November, talked openly and giddily about the singer, clearly not finding it odd that a man more than twice her age is exchanging private messages with her about dating. But Twitter found it “troubling,” “disturbing,” “creepy,” and beyond. Several described it as “grooming.” It was also called “predatorial behavior.” One person even suggested: “Lock him up.”
when we found out drake, 31, is texting millie bobby brown, 14, talking bout "i miss you so much" pic.twitter.com/YkPdIdg4EK
— hunter harris (@hunteryharris) September 18, 2018
Drake is OBVIOUSLY grooming Millie Bobby Brown.. no 30-something year old man should be in a 14 year old girls text messages giving her… “dating advice”.
— Wesley Lindsey 🎥 (@Zeitwes) September 18, 2018
this shit is NOT okay. it’s GROOMING. it is outright predatorial behavior esp w/the other ways Drake has been showing his disgusting ass
— 가시나무 (queereanfemme) (@jasminshere) September 18, 2018
31 year old Drake dating 18 year old Bella Harris makes his close friendship with Millie Bobby Brown less cute and more creepy.
— Christina Ritter (@CMRitterActor) September 14, 2018
Drake went on a date with that eighteen year old after they’d “known each other for two years”
And he’s texting 14 year old Millie Bobby Brown about boys and relationships, which is textbook grooming behavior
— coolgamer420 (niners 1-1) (@TheKevinfinity) September 18, 2018
It is absolutely creepy af that Drake, 32 years old, gives "advice on boys" to Millie Bobby Brown.
She is 14.
Am I taking crazy pills? In what world is this even remotely okay?
— Scott (@DefendInsanity) September 18, 2018
Ummm, If she isn’t your little sister or daughter, I can’t think of too many reasons a man north of 30 should be texting a teenager. https://t.co/G08znWT7dA
— Jay Scott Smith (@JayScottSmith) September 18, 2018
Are we really going to let Drake tell Millie Bobby Brown he misses her when these are his lyrics?… pic.twitter.com/tOn8i6GxPU
— ً (@CFCJords) September 19, 2018
drake had a crush on kylie when she was 16, hayley baldwin when she was like 17 and now he's texting millie bobby brown who's 14 pic.twitter.com/8cR9OyBrFH
— lauren. (@leauxmichelle) September 18, 2018
Remember when we said Drake was a manipulator? Welp. It’s basically confirmed now. This is called grooming. https://t.co/OUwhUiFHNU
— D.E.O. (@ImJustDEO) September 19, 2018
Drake is creepy af for texting Millie Bobby Brown and taking her out to dinner multiple times. She’s 14 & he’s in his 30s. That is so disturbing.
— jordyn (@everything_pop) September 19, 2018
Brown, who has developed quite a following playing Eleven on her hit Netflix show, hasn’t been shy when it comes to talking publicly about dating. For seven months, she was in a relationship with pop singer Jacob Sartorius. When they broke up in January, they both issued statements about the split, leading to criticism of the media for reporting on a 13-year-old actress’s breakup.
This has been an odd few months for public news about Drake’s personal life. Just this week, reports emerged that he’s rumored to be dating an 18-year-old model. Additionally, TMZ reported that the rapper recently filed an extortion lawsuit against a woman who claims they had a tryst and alleges he raped and impregnated her.
Over the summer, Drake came clean on his latest album about fathering a baby with former French adult film star Sophie Brussaux and said he had only seen the child, who turns 1 in October, once. Then there was Kim Kardashian speaking out to deny that she had slept with Drake (pre-Kanye), and Heidi Klum saying Drake texted her earlier this year for a date — but that she ignored him.
But clearly Brown isn’t keeping Drake’s texts on read — but, as many on social media have noted, maybe she should.
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