Drake has too many titles to fit on a regular business card: rapper, actor, philanthropist, fashion influencer, and wildly popular Instagrammer. But there was one new title that shocked his fans and media alike, when he added “father” to the list.
The Canadian superstar nearly caused an Instagram riot in March 2020 when he posted pictures of his then three-year-old son, Adonis Graham, for the first time. The adorable pics sent hungry fans into a veritable meltdown.
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While Adonis was born in the fall of 2017, it took nearly a year for Drake to reference his new son. Up until 2018, Drake and his baby mama, French artist Sophie Brussaux, decided to keep their parenthood a secret, in part due to paternity questions but also to protect their child from the media.
Who Is Drake’s Son, Adonis?
Adonis Graham was born on October 11th, 2017. His middle name is “Mahbed,” which some fans speculate is a reference to Drake’s hit “God’s Plan,” since his name sounds like the lyrics: “I only love my bed and my mama.”
Brussaux became pregnant with Adonis almost immediately after she was spotted with the Certified Lover Boy rapper in January 2017. This means that as of June 2022, Drake’s son is already 4 years old — going on five! And already he has a reputation as a “Young Stunna.”
As many fans have pointed out, Adonis doesn’t look much like either of his dark-haired parents. With his gorgeous curly blond locks and blue eyes, he takes more after Drake’s mother, Sandi Graham.
Drake Took A Paternity Test Before Going Public
Drake was initially surprised when Brussaux broke the news of her pregnancy and asked for a paternity test. But things became tricky. In an interview with Rap Radar, Drake shares that he wasn’t sure he was Adonis’ father for quite some time, especially since the first DNA test results were “ruined in transit.”
At the time, Drake’s rep commented, “If it is, in fact, Drake’s child, which he does not believe, he would do the right thing by the child.”
The 35-year-old rapper recalled, “I was in a really weird pending situation where I didn’t want to go tell the world that that was my son and it wasn’t.”
To make sure, Drake took a second DNA test, explaining, “He’s a stunning child you know, with the brightest blue eyes and at the time I was like ‘I don’t know.’”
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At the time, Drake’s reps suspected Brussaux of using Drake to get into the US. “She’s one of many women claiming he got them pregnant,” they said.
A second DNA test finally confirmed, however, that Drake was indeed the father to young Adonis. Drake stepped up and took his new dad role on with ease, even dedicating his notable Artist of the Decade Billboard Music Award in 2021 to his son.
Though Drake is often seen courtside with Adonis, the young boy currently lives with his mother Sophie Brussaux in Paris, France.
Drake, 35, splits his time between his properties in Toronto and California, and judging from the numerous video posts of him and his son together, the two share lots of father and son time.
Drake Songs Referencing His Son, Adonis
Drake, who finally received confirmation of his paternity not long before the release of his 2018 album, Scorpion, has mentioned his son in numerous songs.
Reports of Drake’s son didn’t surface until 2018 when rival rapper, Pusha T, called Drake out for his secret son on his track, “The Story of Adidon.”
In his track “Emotionless,” Drake replies, “I wasn’t hiding my kid from the world/ I was hiding the world from my kid/ From empty souls who just wake up and looked to debate/ Until you starin’ at your seed, you can never relate.”
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Additionally, he mentions having a son in the lyrics of another track off the same album, titled “March 14” about the complex yet joyful day he found out he was a dad.
“Yesterday morning was crazy / I had to come to terms with the fact that it’s not a maybe / That s**t is in stone, sealed and signed / She not my lover like Billie Jean, but the kid is mine,” he rapped.
Who Is Sophie Brussaux, The Mother of Drake’s Son?
Artist Sophie Brussaux is a 32-year-old retired adult film star formerly known as Rosée Divine. She was born and raised in France and now paints full-time. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Milan, and London, among others, under the name Sophie B.
She was first spotted with Canadian rapper Drake in January 2017. Drake and Sophie’s son was born just nine months after the two were first seen together.
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Drake even references Brussaux in his songs. The most obvious mention is on “When To Say When,” off of his Dark Lane Demo Tapes, when he rapped, “Baby mama fluke, but I love her for who she is.”
He also seemingly references her on his 2020 track, “Greece.” Drake raps, “Speedboats, baby, in Nikki Beach,” about Nikki Beach Worldwide, a luxury beach club brand that has locations around the world, including in Greece. Nikki Beach just happens to be a frequent spot for Sophie Brussaux. Think what you will.
As for how Drake and Sophie Brussaux met, they reportedly crossed paths while the rapper was on his Boy Meets World tour in 2017. During a stop in Amsterdam, he was spotted having dinner with Sophie and a group of other friends.
The pair were never in a relationship, and during a 2018 appearance on HBO’s The Shop, Drake confessed that Brussaux had “never met” his mother before she became pregnant.
In spite of all the drama involving DNA tests, Drake has expressed a desire to be good co-parents.
Drake And Sophie Brussaux Can Finally Co-Parent
After the initial rockiness following the pregnancy announcement, Drake and Brussaux are finally in a place where they can smoothly co-parent Adonis.
By October 2019, Drake was helping host Adonis’ second birthday party. And based on the star’s most recent social media posts bragging about his son, it appears that this modern yet beautiful family is finally on positive terms.
Drake and Sophie Brussaux are not together, nor have they ever been a couple — though, unsurprisingly, there have been rumors.
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Of their relationship, Drake has said, “I’m still learning to communicate with a woman who, you know, we’ve had our moments.”
“I do want to be able to explain to my son what happened,” he continued, “But I don’t have any desire for him to not love his mother. I don’t ever want the world to be angry at his mother. We have found ourselves in a situation and we are both equally responsible. Now, I’m just really excited to be a great father.”
He added that, no matter what, he has “unconditional love” for the mother of his child.
What Is Drake’s Love Life Like Today?
The “Started From the Bottom” star, who is well known for his on-and-off-again relationship with Rihanna from 2009 to 2016, has referenced their epic Drake and Rihanna love story in every one of his studio albums. When presenting Rihanna with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award in 2016, he said, “she’s a woman I’ve been in love with since I was 22 years old.”
Speaking of memorable Drake quotes, he has elaborated on his relationship with Rihanna often.
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“As life takes shape and teaches you your own lessons,” he said, “I end up in this situation where I don’t have the fairy tale [of] ‘Drake started a family with Rihanna, [it’s] so perfect.’ It looks so good on paper [and] I wanted it too at one time.”
Drake is now past seeking his perfect family narrative, and as far as anyone knows, he is currently single. His main focus is his music, and, of course, Adonis.
How Is Drake’s Relationship With His Son?
Adonis has been making a splash on Drake’s Instagram over the years. And the bilingual boy has been working on his dad’s French skills. Avid basketball fans, the pair occasionally hit the basketball court together. In May 2022, the Canadian star praised his son’s skill after he managed to score four out of five shots.
“Yo, where’d you learn to shoot like that?” Drake asked. “I don’t know,” Adonis replied, shrugging adorably.
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“I want to be able to go places with my son and share memories with my son,” Drake told Young Money Radio With Lil Wayne in 2021.
“I don’t want to feel like just because of a life choice I made to be, you know, a ‘celebrity’ that I gotta like, you know, make everybody live under this blanket.”