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Halle Berry calls out Drake for using her photo 'without permission' on cover art for Slime You Out single

Ella Scott

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Halle Berry calls out Drake for using her photo 'without permission' on cover art for Slime You Out single

Featured Image Credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images/instagram/@ChampagnePapi

Halle Berry has expressed ‘disappointment’ towards Drake after he used a photograph of her to promote his new single without seeking her permission.

On Friday, Drake - real name Aubrey Drake Graham - dropped his new single ‘Slime You Out’ featuring American singer-songwriter SZA.

A day before its release, the Canadian teased the five-minute track via his Instagram.

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He posted a picture of Berry, 57, being ‘slimed’ at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in 2012.

In the picture, the Catwoman star could be seen with green slime dripping down her face and onto her hands, while she held open her mouth in exasperation.

However, it seems like neither Drake nor SZA - real name Solana Imani Rowe - thought to seek Berry’s permission before using the image as an alternate cover to their new single.

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Following the picture being posted on both artist's Instagram accounts, Berry took to social media herself to write a cryptic, immediate reaction.

Drake and SZA shared the alternative cover to 'Slime You Out' via Instagram. Credit: Instagram/@champagnepapi
Drake and SZA shared the alternative cover to 'Slime You Out' via Instagram. Credit: Instagram/@champagnepapi

"Sometimes you have to be the bigger guy ... Even if you're a woman!" Berry posted.

Later, the Oscar winner clarified how the picture made her feel in the posts' comments section.

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Replying to a fan who asked ‘thoughts of Drake using that picture of you for his single?’ she said: "Didn't get my permission.

“That's not cool. I thought better of him,” she continued. "Hence my post today. When people you admire disappoint you you have to be the bigger person and move on!”

Despite Berry taking a stand, neither Drake nor 33-year-old SZA has responded to using the picture to promote their collaboration.

Halle Berry took to her own Instagram account to break her silence on the incident. Credit: Instagram/@halleberry
Halle Berry took to her own Instagram account to break her silence on the incident. Credit: Instagram/@halleberry
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However, Berry’s Instagram comments have since been flooded with fans defending the musicians’ use of the photograph.

“Acting like he (sic) ain’t make you relevant again,” replied one Drake fan.

Another said: “(sic) You could find the pic on Google I don't see the problem.”

“You literally not even the actual official cover art he just posted that pic to announce it. you tryin’ way too hard to be a victim,” commented a third.

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Amongst the negative comments, there has also been a wave of support for the X-Men actor.

“A lot of these responses show too many children are being raised by a phone and the internet smh, more technology seems to equal more stupidity and less humanity,” replied one fan.

A second commented: “@halleberry is an international treasure. That move ain’t cool. Respect!”

Another agreed and wrote: “Some of these comments are like whoa! Like what’s wrong with you humans. Treat people how you want to be treated.”

Topics: Celebrity, Drake, Entertainment, Halle Berry, Music, US News, Oscars

Ella Scott
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