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17 things you didn't know about Drake

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He's one seemingly mysterious man, but we're revealing all the secrets about Drake

Love him or hate him, there's just something we can't put our finger on about Drake. Maybe it's because of his insta-success — where he seemed to rise to the top of the rap game overnight — but we still can't figure out what this child-actor-turned-rap-mogul is all about.

Drake's chart-topping hits continue to catch our ear year after year, but even his revealing rhymes don't answer the question: Who's the guy behind those dark and smoldery eyes?

1. Drake rose to fame as a Canadian TV star

Drake joined the cast of Degrassi: The Next Generation in 2001, when he was only 15 years old. He played Jimmy Brooks, a basketball star who had to use a wheelchair after being shot.

2. His real name is Aubrey Graham

Believe it or not, Drake is only his middle name. Aubrey Graham is the given name of Drake, something we think may not have made him the sexy, mysterious celebrity he is today.

3. He dated Rihanna (probably)

While many people remember the infamous fight between Chris Brown and Drake at a nightclub, not as many people remember the reason for the fight. "It's embarrassing, the amount of media coverage,” he said, according to the New York Daily News. “Two rappers fighting over the woman. He's not even a rapper, but still, it's the last way you want your name out there. It distracts from the music. But he's made me the enemy, and that's the way it's gonna stay, I guess."

The relationship was rumored, but the fight and the aftermath made it seem like he was protecting his girlfriend. As of 2016, reports of Drake and Rihanna's secret romance are still alive.

4. He hasn't been in love (yet)

When Drake spoke with GQ magazine in 2013 about his relationship with Rihanna, he said that he realized he'd never loved her.

"I had lunch the other day with someone I extremely look up to. I had lunch with Will Smith, and listening to him talk, it made me think I don't know what love is," he told GQ. "He said something profound. He said love is when you become one and you need that person. It's not about wanting any more — you need that person. Hearing that, I don't know if I've ever felt that way."

5. He's a good ice skater

Hailing from Canada, does this even come as a surprise? Drake's a triple threat in the music, acting and (maybe) dancing department, and now he can add ice-skating to his showbiz resume. One of Drake's sources confirmed that he took Rihanna ice-skating on a friendly type of date to help her work on her moves. Swoon.

Next Up: He's got a weird fan base

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