Drake Reiterates Rihanna 'Friendship'
Rapper DRAKE is brushing off reports he's dating Rihanna as she braces to publicly recount her bust-up with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown - insisting they've only paired up to revive her singing career.
The 21-year-old pop star has been linked to Lil Wayne's protege Aubrey 'Drake' Graham, 22, since the pair were spotted kissing in New York last month (May09).
Drake - who is writing songs for the Umbrella hitmaker - immediately played down reports of a budding new romance.
Rihanna is due to face Brown in court on Monday (22Jun09) as he goes on trial accused of assaulting her - and Drake is warning gossips not to speculate about the singer's romantic status ahead of her first public account of the incident.
He tells ET Canada, "We're just good friends. She's a great person, and I am happy to have her in my life. She gives me a lot of great advice, and she is very talented."
Brown, 20, has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. He faces a maximum sentence of four years and eight months in jail if convicted.