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Drake was in a candid, if slightly embarrassed, mood on Friday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show as the comedienne asked him a series of questions about his love life.

Ellen DeGeneres, 55, appeared to surprise Drake, 26, as she explained to him her method of questioning: “I’m going to show you some pictures and you can say, dated her, dating her now, I’ve kissed her once… you just held her hand.”

The host then pulled onto the screen an image of Rihanna: “The first one is..That’s Rihanna.”

Drake was clearly taken by surprise as he blurted out: “Oh, it’s my turn now to talk…Yeah great girl. We had our moment. [I will] always support and have love for her and yeah.”

Ellen DeGeneres resumed the interrogation pulling up a picture of high velocity rapper Nicki Minaj.

Drake responded, a little more at ease: “Me and Nicki are like family. I just love Nicki with all my heart. We’ve haven’t really shared like intimate moments.”

Ellen DeGeneres quickly moved on: “Not an intimate moment. Okay, here is the next one: Tyra Banks.”

Drake curtly responded: “I went on a date.”

Drake was in a candid mood on Ellen DeGeneres Show as the comedienne asked him a series of questions about his love life

Drake was in a candid mood on Ellen DeGeneres Show as the comedienne asked him a series of questions about his love life

Ellen’s interest clearly piqued dug further: “Did you date her?”

Drake reticently explained: “I went on a date with her one time, yeah.

“Just one date. We went to Disney Land in disguise actually, which was fun. I don’t know if it was a date. It was a get together. We’re close as well.”

The rapper then added with obvious chagrin: “This is really bad. How did you not tell me about this!”

Ellen DeGeneres moved the conversation forward: “Kim Kardashian, did you ever date her?”

At this point Drake could not disguise his true feelings as he exclaimed: “Oh no, no. Come on! What’s going on here?”

Drake’s visceral and animated response to the question got the studio audience roaring with laughter as he clearly did not welcome the idea of dating the reality star.

But Ellen had one more girl from the past to interrogate him on: “All right, let’s do one more. Kat Dennings. Did you date Kat.”

Drake, having cooled after Kim Kardashian scare, replied: “I just always had a huge crush on Kat Dennings and she was kind enough one night to oblige me and we went out for dinner. They don’t call me back after one date according to this.”

When asked if he were dating anyone at the moment, Drake said: “I’m not. I’m single. I’m ready to mingle. The album’s done. I got free time. But not really, I’m going on tour, but I have a couple months after that.”

Meanwhile, Drake recently split a $20,000 donation to Anna Angel, a 30-year-old Ohio woman who lost her five children and boyfriend in a tragic mobile home fire, for her funeral expenses.

Drake’s latest album Nothing Was the Same is set to be released on September 24.

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For almost a decade America’s Next Top Model has been a female-only contest, but male contestants will be accepted for the first time starting with the show’s next season.

Tyra Banks, the series’ creator and host, took to Twitter to convey her excitement, writing: “ANTM 20. Bring on the boys!”

Both male and female models will live in the same house, and all will battle it out to be crowned winner.

America’s Next Top Model first aired in 2003, and there have since been 19 cycles of the series.

It was confirmed yesterday that cycle 20 will debut in 2013 on the CW network, although a specific premiere date has not yet been announced.

It is only known that the show will start airing in summer instead of the fall, in a bid to boost ratings.

There is also no word on who will feature on the judging panel.

Tyra Banks shook up the series when she parted ways with Nigel Barker, Jay Manuel and J Alexander.

The three were replaced with male model Rob Evans, Johnny Wujek as photo shoot creative consultant and social media correspondent Bryanboy.

The judge panel for Cycle 19 also saw the addition of Kelly Cutrone.

America’s Next Top Model is currently in the midst of its 19th cycle, which stars college students.



Tyra Banks, who has famously fluctuated in weight since her days as a professional model ended, admitted today she has herself fallen victim to foolish methods of weight loss.

“A couple of years ago I lost – I wouldn’t say it was 30 [pounds] – but it was a considerable amount of weight,” said the fashion industry icon.

Tyra Banks, 38, was speaking at a press conference in Singapore to launch Asia’s Next Top Model, the latest adaptation of her successful TV franchise.

“I went on a health challenge with the crew of America’s Next Top Model, and at the time I had a talk show,” Tyra Banks explained.

Tyra Banks and her crew were filming in Brazil, and after realizing that they were “really unhealthy [and] not working out”, a decision was made to “see who can get the healthiest the fastest”.

“I’m very competitive, so what did I do? I ate so much for about three weeks, so that I could gain 10 pounds so that when we all weighed in, I could weight a lot more and then lose it fast.

“So I won. I lost a lot of weight, but then I looked in the mirror and decided I’d lost too much.

“And so I’ve actually gained some back.”

Tyra Banks admitted she has herself fallen victim to foolish methods of weight loss

Tyra Banks admitted she has herself fallen victim to foolish methods of weight loss

Tyra Banks told the Singapore audience she created America’s Next Top Model to “expand the definition of beauty, and to show different types of beauty”.

“But I feel that after 10 years of Top Model being on the air, that the public now understands that it’s not about looking like Barbie, but that it’s about so many different types of beauty.”

Tyra Banks said: “The fashion industry has always been obsessed with thin …

“I fight every single day to try to expand that, and to try to show different types of beauty.

“So sometimes my girls will win America’s Next Top Model, and then call me crying, saying they don’t fit any of the clothes at Fashion Week, and so that’s a challenge that we have.

“But it’s what the Tyra Banks company stands for, it’s what America’s Next Top Model stands for … is not having a cookie cutter.”

One of the Victoria’s Secret original angels, Tyra Banks says she’s proud of Vogue magazine.

“They just started an initiative where they’re going to pay attention to girls that they feel are unhealthy, not treating themselves their bodies right – and hopefully they won’t just have a size double zero on the runway.”

She added: “If that was the rule when I started high fashion modelling back in the day, I wouldn’t be on the stage right now, because there is no way even one of my thoighs could have gotten into a double zero.”

The high-profile entrepreneur, who famously prefers the term “fiercely real” over “plus-size” for models that aren’t double zeros, said she believes “things are changing slowly” in her industry.

“Sophia Loren and Marilyn Munroe and Jane Mansfield … the thing is with women’s bodies, our bodies go in and out of fashion.

“One decade it’s about curves, and another decade it’s about being thin, if you think about Twiggy’s era.

“Then another decade it’s about being athletic, if you think about the Eighties; then the Nineties was even more athletic – you have to have a six pack – like Janet Jackson.

“And then the new millennium was about being super stick thin, then for a little bit you had to have a big bootie like Beyonce and Kim Kardashian … and now it’s like, ‘Ooh you gotta be skinny again – but not too skinny.

“It’s really sad that as women, we cannot be really beautiful in our differences. It’s a sad fact that women have to live with.”

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