I doubt that I am alone in my thinking that a 14-year-old and a 31-year-old having a text relationship is a bit odd, even more so when a) the texts consist of ‘boy advice’ and ‘I miss you’s, and b) the 31-year-old is reportedly dating an 18-year-old. I understand that this may be entirely platonic and innocent and sunshine and roses, but I personally think Drake is a creep.
In the last week, an actress who gained fame at 11-years-old (take that in), has told the press that Drake is an incredible role model to her, and gives her boy advice over text. Granted, this may be the excited exaggeration of a young fan who received a ‘follow your heart’ text or whatever, but it shouldn’t be swept under the rug on this assumption.
Fame does not make inappropriate relationships acceptable. Think of yourself at 14-years-old. think about your favourite artist at the time, and what you wouldn’t have done to receive texts from them. At 14, I queued for 4 hours to be at the front of the audience for Two Door Cinema Club, outside, in February, in Leeds, without a coat. Don’t tell me that Millie Bobby Brown is being understanding, careful, and mature about her ‘friendship’ with Drake, just because she is also famous.
At that age, you are allowed to be over-excited about celebrities that you idolise and obsess over. The issue is not with Millie; the issue is with Drake. It just isn’t appropriate for him to be having any kind of relationship with a child he isn’t related to. This takes me back to my initial sweeping statement about his current rumoured relationship with an 18-year-old. Yes, this is a legal, consenting age, but this is just four years older than Millie, and 13 years younger than Drake himself.
What doesn’t bear thinking about, is that – though this may not be an inappropriate alliance between a teenage girl and a grown man who holds great influence and power in her life – the only reason we are aware of this, is social media. The reason it is being (somewhat) cautiously reported on, is the prevalence of the MeToo movement, and the specific awareness, from some media outlets, of Millie’s huge talent, and the desperation not to make a Macaulay Culkin of her. But my fear is that they’ve forgotten the Olsen twins. Imagine the extent to which those girls, as teenagers, will have been in situations far more glaring than a few texts from Drake, but it went unreported because of the lack of instant media, and ‘he said, she said’ culture.
Essentially, the issue here is that young girls are already in enough danger as it is. Put one in the limelight, and it’s as though their age becomes irrelevant. I think we ought to be far more cautious in the protection of people like Millie Bobby Brown, not just because she sets an example for her peers, but also simply because she is a child. If Drake is so desperate for an appropriate relationship with a child, maybe he should try his own.