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."
In related news, magazine bosses behind the canceled Drake concert in New York have denied they are responsible for the violent outbursts at the event - insisting they tried to keep news of the free show quiet to avoid over-crowding. The "Best I Ever Had" hitmaker was due to perform at Manhattan's South Street Seaport on Tuesday, June 15 to mark the release of his highly anticipated debut album, "Thank Me Later".
The event was organized by Paper magazine, whose editor's announced the gig to online readers - expecting a maximum of 10,000 fans to attend. But over 18,000 turned up and police officers stepped in to cancel the gig as tensions boiled over in the heaving crowd, with seven people injured and two taken into custody for allegedly throwing bottles and chairs from a nearby balcony.
However, Paper's editor David Hershkovitz has blamed unauthorized radio announcements for drawing in the huge crowd, and denied reports the event ended in a riot. He tells New York gossip column Page Six, "We didn't send out any invites. We announced it to our readers online late last week. Eventually, this info got onto the radio, which brought it to a whole different level and type of audience that didn't really know anything about Paper."
"This has been characterized as a riot, but to me it was more of a riot averted. If it were a riot, a lot more people would have been injured and a lot more damage would have been done."