Magazine interviews have to go through a whole lot of fact-checking and editing, so I’m pretty sure that Claire Hoffman was not just writing fiction as she described the setting of her interview with Drake for GQ‘s April cover story. But damn, it sounds like my fantasy: “Waterfalls gush all around, surging over enormous boulders. Bronze animals—lions, elephants, giraffes!—checker the lawn, glimmering in the last light of the San Fernando Valley sun. A giant fire, fit for a king from Middle-earth, burns in an outdoor fireplace, and a flat-screen TV plays Sixteen Candles.” Drake greets her from his couch, they drink wine spritzers, then he gives her a tour of his bedroom (which he has to punch in a key code on a bookshelf to enter!) and shows off the projector operated from his bed. This can’t be real! What did I do wrong in our careers not to be Claire Hoffman.
Oops, sorry, did I write that aloud? Anyway, we all benefit from Claire’s hard work. Because we find out that not only does the man know how to set up a ridiculously romantic date, he talks like a Ryan Gosling “Hey Girl” post, downplaying his interest in casual sex and talking about his search for something real.
“I’m trying to find the same feelings that I had for women when I had very little going on, which is tough,” he said. “When I was in my mom’s house, I had nowhere to go, no real obligations. My girlfriend at the time, if she was mad at me, my day was all f—ed-up.”
And because this is a “gentlemen’s” magazine, he does admit to enjoying the perks of being a famous young star for a bit: “There’s just a time where it was like, just getting p—y. Where I was in that sort of ‘I’m young, I’m going to disconnect from my emotions and just do what everyone else tells me I should do and just be a rapper and have my fun.’ ” But that wasn’t enough for Mr. Aubrey Graham. “I just need something else. The seconds after a man reaches climax, that’s like the realest moment of your life. If I don’t want you next to me in that fifteen, twenty seconds, then there’s something wrong.”
OK, so where do we sign up for this 15-20-second trial? Sounds like Hoffman could have had her chance: “We had wine and dinner by the pool, I brought you inside, I brought the projector down; are you or are you not sleeping with me?” he asked her. Damn!