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Fact-Check: “I’ve Never Dated Drake”- Nicki Minaj

In the swirl of celebrity rumors, rumors spread faster than reality. Nicki Minaj is once more the target point of the rumor mill. This time, it’s the rumored affair with Drake, a fellow artist.

However, is there truth to the whispers, or is it one more instance of the internet spinning its trap of fiction? We should jump into the current realities behind Nicki Minaj’s alleged relationship with Drake. Did Nicki Minaj ever date Drake?

The Claim

Nicki Minaj and Drake, the two rap sensations, are dating. 

Nicki Minaj and Drake
Nicki Minaj and Drake

The Ruling


The claim that Nicki Minaj is dating Drake is false, as indicated by the official statement of Nicki herself. 


Nicki Minaj, the prominent singer and rapper has always been in the limelight due to her controversial love life, be it her relationship with Meek Mill or Drake.

Nicki reportedly broke up with Meek Mill somewhere in 2017. She and Drake are close friends and their bond is so strong that it compels people to wonder if it is a mere friendship or something else.

However, neither Nicki nor Drake have ever confirmed their romantic relationship. 


Official Statement: Nicki Minaj confirmed in a statement that she and Drake are close friends but they have not dated ever. 

Media Outlets: Multiple reputable and reliable media outlets such as US Weekly and CelebAnswers have confirmed that the singers are not dating.


Nicki Minaj and Drake are some of the most familiar faces in the world of music, not only for their chart-topping hits but for a friendship that has always been tumultuous.

Their close bond compels people to think twice whether it is just a friendship or Nicki and Drake are a thing. Well, neither Nicki Minaj nor Drake has ever confirmed their dating rumors.

I’ve Never Dated Drake- Nicki

Despite having a close and strong friendship, both of them have never publicly discussed their romantic connection.

Instead, upon being asked about her relationship status with Drake on ‘The Ellen Show’ in August 2018, Nicki claimed that she had never dated Drake

Nicki Minaj and Drake’s Close Friendship 

Drake and Nicki Minaj’s friendship took root almost simultaneously with their careers, stemming from their initial record deals under Bryan “Birdman” Williams’s Cash Money Records label. 

Throughout their journey, collaborations bloomed, notably in tracks like Nicki Minaj’s “Truffle Butter,” featuring Drake with Lil Wayne, and Drake’s “Make Me Proud,” where Nicki Minaj made an appearance.

The last song’s lyrics, indicating past affection, stirred ongoing rumors about their relationship.

Nicki and Drake Reunited in December 2023 on the song ‘Needle’

After much anticipation, audiences were blessed to receive the much-awaited collaboration between Nicki Minaj and Drake, courtesy of her latest album, Pink Friday 2.

However, the song that got the most recognition was ‘Needle,’ the first collaboration of Minaj and Drake. 

Minaj celebrated her 41st Birthday on the 8th of December 2023, by giving her audience the Fifth Studio album. The chemistry between the close friends is red hot and seems quite interesting.

‘Needle’ was supposed to get featured in ‘For All the Dogs’

During an episode of Ebro’s Apple Music 1 show, the ‘Pink Friday 2’ rapper dug further into the decision to feature the Drake collaboration “Needle” on her latest album rather than ‘For All the Dogs.’

However, she further added, the song matched ‘Pink Friday 2’ rather than matching ‘For All the Dogs.’ 


In the swirl of speculation and celebrity intrigue, the rumored romance between Nicki Minaj and Drake stands out to be a false claim.

Despite their undeniable closeness and musical collaborations, both have consistently denied any romantic involvement.

While their chemistry on and off the stage might fuel ongoing speculation, reality, as declared by Nicki herself and supported by reliable sources, stands firm: there’s been no romantic relationship between these two music icons.


  • Nicki Minaj Reunites With Her Longtime Flirty Friend Drake on Sexy New Song ‘Needle’ (yahoo.com)
  • Have Drake & Nicki Minaj Ever Dated? (celebanswers.com)
  • Drake’s Romantic History: Rihanna & More Women He’s Dated – Hollywood Life
  • Nicki Minaj Discusses Including Drake Song on 'Pink Friday 2': | Complex
  • Nicki Minaj & Drake's 'Needle' Was Made For 'For All The Dogs' | HipHopDX

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