Halle Berry has alleged that she explicitly told Drake not to use her image for the promotion of his new single "Slime You Out" featuring SZA. Despite her request, Drake went ahead and used a picture of her being slimed at the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards for the artwork of the song, which was released on September 15 as the lead single from his upcoming album "For All the Dogs." Berry recently posted a message on Instagram, seemingly addressing the situation, stating, "Sometimes you have to be the bigger person... even if you're a woman." Many followers speculated that this post was indirectly aimed at Drake for using her image without permission.
When questioned by a follower about her thoughts on Drake's use of the slimed photo to promote the song, Berry responded in the comments section, expressing her disappointment, saying, "Didn't get my permission. That's not cool, I thought better of him!" She further elaborated, "Hence my post today. When people you admire disappoint you, you have to be the bigger person and move on!"
In response to a comment regarding the meaning behind the picture, Berry questioned, "Exactly! What does that mean?"
Berry later clarified her frustration in another comment, explaining that she was upset because Drake had asked for permission and she had explicitly said no. She viewed his use of the image as a disregard for her wishes, stating, "Cuz he asked me and I said NO, that's why. Why ask if you intend to do what you want to do? That was the **** you to me. Not cool."
As of now, the disputed "Slime" image remains on Drake's Instagram page and is also shared on SZA's account. "For All the Dogs" is set to be released on October 6 via OVO Sound and Republic Records, marking Drake's eighth solo studio album and his first solo project since "Honestly, Nevermind" in June 2022. He also collaborated with 21 Savage on a joint LP, "Her Loss," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 five months later.