14-year-old Millie Bobby Brown and Drake, 31, text 'about boys' and the internet is horrified: 'This is called grooming'

Suzy Byrne
Editor, Yahoo Entertainment

Millie Bobby Brown was recently asked about her relationship with rapper Drake, and the internet is very confused.

On the red carpet at the Emmys on Monday night, the 14-year-old Stranger Things star told Access Hollywood, “I love him.”

Millie Bobby Brown says Drake, who she was pictured with at a Golden Globes party in January, texts her advice about “boys.” (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Netflix)

Regarding her friendship with the 31-year-old, she continued, “I met him in Australia, and he’s honestly so fantastic — a great friend and a great role model. … 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.’”

Brown had previously said that Drake gives her life advice, so the reporter, Kit Hoover, asked her what kind. “About boys,” the teen replied. “He helps me. Yeah, yeah, yeah. He’s great. He’s wonderful. I love him.” Pressed for what advice he gives about boys, she said, “That stays in the text messages.”

Brown, who also said she’ll be seeing Drake when his tour comes to Atlanta in November, talked openly and giddily about the singer, clearly not finding it odd that a man more than twice her age is exchanging private messages with her about dating. But Twitter found it “troubling,” “disturbing,” “creepy,” and beyond. Several described it as “grooming.” It was also called “predatorial behavior.” One person even suggested: “Lock him up.”

Brown, who has developed quite a following playing Eleven on her hit Netflix show, hasn’t been shy when it comes to talking publicly about dating. For seven months, she was in a relationship with pop singer Jacob Sartorius. When they broke up in January, they both issued statements about the split, leading to criticism of the media for reporting on a 13-year-old actress’s breakup.

This has been an odd few months for public news about Drake’s personal life. Just this week, reports emerged that he’s rumored to be dating an 18-year-old model. Additionally, TMZ reported that the rapper recently filed an extortion lawsuit against a woman who claims they had a tryst and alleges he raped and impregnated her.

Over the summer, Drake came clean on his latest album about fathering a baby with former French adult film star Sophie Brussaux and said he had only seen the child, who turns 1 in October, once. Then there was Kim Kardashian speaking out to deny that she had slept with Drake (pre-Kanye), and Heidi Klum saying Drake texted her earlier this year for a date — but that she ignored him.

But clearly Brown isn’t keeping Drake’s texts on read — but, as many on social media have noted, maybe she should.

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