Drake Explains Rihanna Comments

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June 17, 2010 | 7:45am EST

Drake insists he did not mean to be “negative” about his fling with Rihanna after opening up about their brief romance in a recent interview – he just felt hurt when his feelings for the singer weren’t reciprocated.
The pair sparked rumors of a romance last year after they were spotted enjoying a night out in New York together following Rihanna’s split from Chris Brown.

Drake – real name Aubrey Graham – recently spoke to the New York Times about their fling, accusing the Umbrella hitmaker of using him like “a pawn” and leaving him feeling “terrible” after breaking off the short-term affair.

The rapper is adamant he did not mean to offend Rihanna with his comments, because she is such an “overwhelming and incredible person”, but he could not help feeling “small” when the romance came to an abrupt halt.

He tells MTV.com, “That’s a moment that I’ve been eager, sort of, to explain. I feel like when people write about it or try to take an excerpt from me describing it, it’s gonna sound negative. And in no way was it negative… I’m extremely confident, so it’s very rare that anybody, let alone a woman that I like, makes me feel nervous or makes me feel small.

“She’s just such an overwhelming and incredible person. And such a talented person and someone that I was like, ‘I can’t believe I’m here talking to this individual.'”

And Drake admits his time with Rihanna reminded him of being a love-struck teenager who could never score a date.

He adds, “She just gave me that feeling like when I was 17 years old trying to take Nikki Ramos, this girl from Toronto, out on a date and she never wanted to go with me. She never would go; she would have a million excuses why she couldn’t talk to me.

“That’s how Rihanna made me feel, she made me feel small; she made me feel nervous. It just put me back to the Acura in Toronto, feeling like Aubrey Graham, not Drake.”

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