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Halle Berry Criticizes Drake for Unauthorized Use of Her Image in “Slime You Out” Promotion



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The promotional photo that accompanied Drake and SZA’s announcement of their new collaboration, “Slime You Out,” has apparently drawn disapproval from Halle Berry.

On September 13, both artists shared the image on their respective Instagram accounts to introduce their upcoming single. This song would serve as the leading track for Drake’s forthcoming album, For All the Dogs.

The image featured Halle Berry at the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, covered from head to toe in green slime, aligning with the thematic elements of the single. However, this choice immediately faced backlash, and the 57-year-old actress publicly expressed her displeasure, emphasizing that she had not given her approval for the use of the image.

Taking to Instagram on September 15, Berry posted, “Sometimes you have to be the bigger guy… even if you’re a woman!” In the comments, a follower asked, “What are your thoughts on Drake using that picture of you for his single?”

Berry responded, “Didn’t get my permission. That’s not cool. I thought better of him!” In another post, she stated, “Hence my post today. When people you admire disappoint you, you have to be the bigger person and move on!”

Many speculated that Berry’s frustration with the image being used surfaced after the single was released, rather than when it was initially posted, likely due to the nature of the lyrics. In the song, Drake sings, “Act like you’re not used to Sheraton stays. I met the n**ga you thought could replace. How were there even comparisons made? B**ch, next time, I swear on my grandmother’s grave. I’m slimin’ you for them kid choices you made.”

Despite the initial use of the photograph, it’s worth noting that the image is available for licensing through Getty Images. However, the official release opted for different artwork. Initially previewed as the official artwork for Drake’s upcoming album, it featured a hand-drawn white dog with red eyes against a black backdrop, created by the rapper’s 5-year-old son, Adonis.

As confirmed by Drake on his Instagram Story, For All the Dogs is now scheduled for release on October 6th.