A dispute between Halle Berry and Drake, which began last week, has deepened. The actor has now revealed that she denied the rapper permission to use an image of her covered in slime for the artwork of his new single, but he still went ahead and used it anyway.
Drake released new track ‘Slime You Out’, featuring SZA, last week, complete with an image of Berry covered in slime at the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards as its cover art.
Discussing this in Instagram comments when fans quizzed her on it, she said that the rapper "didn't get my permission. That's not cool. I thought better of him!"
She then added: “When people you admire disappoint you, you have to be the bigger person and move on!"
But this is the internet and moving on is easier said than done. It was quickly pointed out that the image was correctly licensed through Getty Images and therefore there was no need for Drake to get specific permission from her to use it.
This may be true. However, she has now clarified, he did ask her for permission nonetheless. And she declined to grant approval.
Asked why she was mad at Drake if he properly licensed the photo, she wrote: "Cuz he asked me and I said ‘NO’, that’s why. Why ask if you intend to do what you want to do! That was the fuck you to me. Not cool. You get it?"
In another comment, she added: “He did have his people call my people and I said ‘NO’. I didn’t like that image of slime all over my face in association with his song. And he chose to do it anyway! You see, that is the disrespect. Not cool!”
Although the image of Berry was initially shared as the artwork for the new track, streaming services are using an alternative image featuring a picture of a dog drawn by Drake’s son Adonis Graham, which is also the cover for the album on which the track will appear, ‘For All The Dogs’.