Drake for VIBE Magazine

Drake has never been shy about name-dropping the women he’s dating or dated on songs. From famous women (Rihanna, Maliah Michel) to relative unknowns (Nebby, Jade), Drizzy puts it all out there, and the ladies never seem to have complaints about it. In fact, some may even benefit off of it!

When Drake’s new album Nothing Was The Same dropped over the summer, he was up to his usual antics. “The one that I needed was Courtney from Hooters on Peach Street,” he rapped on “From Time.” “I’ve always been feeling like she was the piece to complete me/ Now she engaged to be married, what’s the rush on commitment?”

Shortly after the song was released, a flyer began circulating on the net, appearing to be of Courtney capitalizing off of her 15 seconds by hosting parties as “Courtney from Hooters on Peach Street.” Crazy, right? Now in his new interview for VIBE Magazine’s cover story, Drake speaks out on Courtney and how he didn’t realize what saying her name would do…and even sheds light on the infamous flyer! Check out what he had to say below.

Marisa Mendez

Drake on name-dropping Courtney:

That was my biggest wake-up call. I’ve just gotten too big to do that. I never wanted to cause her any stress in her life, and I think she’s such a good, wholehearted person. They made up this whole fake flyer online [about] hosting parties, which she doesn’t. She’s like the best girl ever. It was tough for me to watch that happen. I repeatedly kept apologizing. I didn’t think it was that specific—she doesn’t even work there anymore. I don’t want to be looked at as a guy who exploits his relationships, but I feel it’s okay because I’m not saying anything negative. I’m just telling the story and usually in their favor, usually saying I was the one that f-cked up. I don’t know if I’m ever gonna continue with that formula, but it definitely gives people a more personable listen. And I feel like I’ve established these characters. Paris Morton is a character—I always check in with Paris, like “this is happening, this is what it is.” I think people are intrigued, like “Who is this girl that’s your muse? Who is Bria? Why did she get an interlude?” With Courtney I just expected it to go a little better. It got blown out of proportion because she was too accessible. My apologies to her, formally.