Turns out Drake’s not just a huge tennis fan; he’s a fan of Serena Williams.
Drake and Williams dated back in 2011, but she dropped him after he was photographed on a date with a model.
But they seem to be back on. Big time.
The two first tried to squash rumors after Drake, 28, was seen attending Williams’ Wimbledon matches in July. She publicly stiff-armed Drake when a reporter asked her, rather circuitously, in a press conference if the two of them were dating.
Never miss a local story.
On Thursday, when Williams beat Maria Sharapova in the semifinals, Drake was at Centre Court. Then he showed up at Williams’ news conference, too. A reporter asked Williams whether Drake might be a “lucky mascot.”
“'We’ve been friends for, like, so many years,” Williams told The AP at the time. “Just like family.”
Days after, British celebrity news agency Bang Showbiz reported that Williams and Drake had been seen kissing in the clubhouse following her victory. The agency cited an anonymous source who said that “publicly [Williams] says they’re just friends but Drake has been by Serena’s side throughout the tournament and when they’ve been away from the public and relaxed, it’s been pretty obvious that they are together.”
We don’t know much about this burgeoning (or perhaps months-long) courting except that TMZ is now calling it for realz after pictures showed Williams and Drake kissing in a fancy Cincinnati restaurant Sunday night after the Palm Beach resident won the Western & Southern Open women’s title.
Through Instagram, we do know it has netted Williams a gleaming new pair of OVO Jordans from Drake’s collaboration with Nike. And she’s clearly been listening to his music, because she referenced his “trigger fingers turn to Twitter fingers” line from Back to Back in a recent Instagram caption. No pics of the two of them on social media posing together — yet. They may just be smart enough to realize that going public is the kiss of death.
Soraya Nadia McDonald
The Washington Post.