As his name changes, so does his bank account. Diddy, Puffy or Brother Love, the last thing you’d call Sean Combs is average.
The hip-hop impresario has used a combination of charisma, smarts and showmanship to elevate himself from modest means to the top of an empire that encompasses music, spirits, clothing, television and more.
But he begs to differ about that first distinction.
“I’m the average person
I started looking at business at the age of 12, [from] delivering newspapers to working in gas station bathrooms, or even doing things like being a background dancer or a stylist. Whatever I could do to get close to the industry”
Drake has ended months of rumour and speculation and finally confirmed he has fathered a son with French former porn star Sophie Brussaux.
The musician, 31, sang about his child – who came into the world in October 2017 – in the lyrics to new track Emotionless, which features on his latest album Scorpion, released at midnight on Thursday.
Speaking about his experience of fatherhood, he revealed: ‘I wasn’t hiding my kid from the world/I was hiding the world from my kid. ‘Breakin’ news in my life I don’t run to the blogs/ The only ones I wanna tell are the ones I can call.’
Referencing former fling Sophie, the Take Care hit maker admitted the pair have only actually met on two occasions. He added: ‘I had to come to terms with the fact that it’s not a maybe. That s*** is in stone, sealed and signed.
‘She’s not my lover like Billie Jean, but the kid is mine. S***, we only met two times.’
At the end of May, Pusha-T had stirred up a fire storm of rumors on his Drake diss track, The Story of Adidon, in which he alleged that Drake was hiding a son from the world.
The song also includes lyrics about the difficulties of being a single dad to a child who lives with his mother in a different country.
‘I’m out here on front lines just trying to make sure I see him sometimes. It’s breaking my spirit. “Single father” I hate when I hear it.’
‘I challenged my parents on every album, now I’m embarrassed to tell them I’m a co-parent.
‘Always promised a family unit. I wanted it to be different because I’ve been through it,’ the Canadian recording artist rapped. Brussaux, a former porn star, was spotted with Drake in January 2017 following his split from Jennifer Lopez.
According to Daily Mail, Sophie claimed to be pregnant in May 2017, she claimed she was three-and-a-half months pregnant with Drake’s child and hired two major New York City attorneys to begin the proceedings to prove paternity and seek child support, TMZ reported at the time.
However, in May, a rep for Drake denied the child was his and asserted that the woman has a ‘very questionable background.’
The retired porn star released text messages between the two that reportedly shows Drake telling Sophie to have an abortion, although Drake’s rep says he cannot confirm the validity of the texts.
‘I can’t kill my baby simply to indulge you sorry,’ she allegedly responded. Drake purportedly asks her: ‘Do you know what you’re doing you think you’re going to get money?’She documented her pregnancy and has shared photos of her baby on her Instagram.
Born in France in 1990, Sophie is a social media star who lives in New York and focuses on her artwork. She was formerly known as Rosee Divine, the name she used when she appeared in adult films.
On her website, it claimed that: ‘Since her younger years she’s been travelling and studying abroad, which greatly influenced her art. She exhibited in cities like NYC, Milan, and London. Her style is a mix of surrealism and symbolism with influences of pop art.
Just hours before the album became available to stream and download, Drake had dropped a last minute bombshell by suggesting one of the tracks is, in fact, a previously unreleased song by Michael Jackson.
After months of speculation that Tennis champion Serena Williams and rapper Drake were more than just friends, the rumours can now be put to rest. The rumours began even since Drake was spotted cheering Serena at Wimbledon during the tennis tournament.
In exclusive photos released by gossip website TMZ, Serena and Drake were caught making out at a fancy restaurant just after Serena won the WTA tournament in Cincinnati.
According to TMZ, the couple could not keep their hands and lips off each other in the private room they had booked at the back of the eatery.