“Halle Berry Discloses Her Refusal to Grant Drake Permission to Utilize Her Image for His Latest Single Cover: ‘Inappropriate’”

Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.

The Academy Award-winning actress has expanded on her sentiments regarding the utilization of her likeness as the cover art for Drake and SZA’s track “Slime You Out.”

Halle Berry is providing further insight into Drake’s decision to use her image for his latest single artwork.

According to Berry, the Canadian rapper, aged 36, did indeed reach out to request permission beforehand, but she declined. Despite her refusal, Drake proceeded to use her photo.

In a recent Instagram comment made in response to a post about taking the high road, the 57-year-old Academy Award-winning actress addressed the artwork for Drake and SZA’s “Slime You Out,” which features an image of her covered in green slime from the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.

One Instagram user questioned Berry’s discontent, asserting that the “photo is owned by Getty Images” and suggesting that Drake had obtained the necessary permissions and paid the appropriate fees. In response, Berry explained why she wasn’t pleased with Drake’s choice.

Her comment on Saturday read, “Because he asked me, and I said NO, that’s why. Why ask if you intend to do what you want to do! That was disrespectful to me. Not cool. Do you understand my perspective?”

The interaction occurred shortly after the Grammy-winning artist unveiled the cover art for “Slime You Out,” the latest track from his upcoming album, “For All the Dogs.”

During this time, Halle Berry posted an Instagram image featuring the quote, “Sometimes you have to be the bigger guy… even if you’re a woman.” In the comments section, she revealed that Drake, who has previously referenced her in his music, had used the image without her consent.

Berry expressed her displeasure, stating, “He didn’t get my permission. That’s not cool. I expected more from him!” She went on to emphasize that when individuals you admire let you down, it’s important to rise above it and move forward.

She also noted, “Exactly!! It’s about principles and integrity. I’m delighted that many of you understand that.”

The single “Slime You Out” is the second track from “For All the Dogs” and marks the first collaboration between Drake and SZA, whose real name is Solána Imani Rowe. Both artists shared the artwork on their Instagram profiles to promote the song, which revolves around the concept of love interests making immature decisions in relationships, hence the Nickelodeon-themed artwork.

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In this new album era, Drake is exploring fresh artistic approaches, notably enlisting the help of his only son, Adonis, aged 5, to create the official cover for the album. The artwork, unveiled last month, appears to portray a dog with red eyes set against a black backdrop.

Drake shared the cover on Instagram with the caption, “FOR ALL THE DOGS. Cover by Adonis,” highlighting the involvement of his son in this creative endeavor.

Drake’s upcoming LP is scheduled to be available on streaming platforms starting from September 22. This release marks the musician’s first new album since his collaborative project with 21 Savage titled “Her Loss” in 2022. Prior to that, Drake released “Honestly, Nevermind” in the same year, and “Certified Lover Boy” in 2021.