Millie Bobby Brown responds to backlash over her and Drake’s relationship

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Millie Bobby Brown attends the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

“I’m very blessed to have amazing people in my life,” said the Stranger Things star, “[and] you don’t get to choose that for me.”

Earlier this week, Millie Bobby Brown – the 14-year-old star of Netflix’s Stranger Things – revealed that she and Drake are in regular contact via text.

“We just texted each other the other day and he was like ‘I miss you so much,’ and I was like ‘I miss you more,’ he’s great,” she said during a red carpet interview with Access at the Emmy Awards, adding that the rapper often gives her dating advice.

When pressed for details on the type of advice he gives her, Millie jokingly replied: “That stays in the text messages.”

Since then, however, many have taken to social media to point out the large age gap between Brown and Drake – 18 years – and questioned whether it’s appropriate for Drake to give relationship advice to a teenage girl who’s obviously a fan of his.

Others have cited the lessons learned from the #MeToo movement, and suggested that Drake is “grooming” Brown.

However, the actress has now taken to Instagram to have her own say on the rumours – and done her best to set the record straight, once and for all.

“Why you gotta make a lovely friendship your headline?” the Stranger Things star wrote. “You guys are weird… for real.”

She continued: “I’m lucky to have people in the business extend their time to help me further my career and offer their wisdom and guidance. [And] I’m very blessed to have amazing people in my life. You don’t get to choose that for me.”

Millie Bobby Brown responds to backlash over her and Drake’s relationship

Brown concluded: “It’s nice to have people who understand what I do. Now get back to talking about real problems in this world other than my friendships… jeez.”

The actress ended her message with an emoji of a peace sign, and quickly followed it up with a message to her supporters, which read: “I love you guys. Thank you for supporting me. Many thanks to you guys.

“Sending my love to wherever you are in the world.”



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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.