Halle Berry says Drake used her photo without permission for 'Slime You Out'

12:07 18.09.2023 - ABC News, Danielle Long

Halle Berry is less than thrilled that Drake used her photo to promote his latest single.

The 57-year-old Oscar-winning actress took to Instagram on Sept. 15, sharing a quote that read: "Sometimes you have to be the bigger guy... even if you're a woman!"

The post came the same day Drake released his latest single, "Slime You Out," featuring SZA, along with a post on his social media featuring a photo of Berry being drenched in green slime at the 2012 Kids' Choice Awards.

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When a user inquired about her thoughts on Drake's use of the photo, Berry replied, "Hence my post today. When people you admire disappoint you you have to be the bigger person and move on!"

She added, "Didn't get my permission. That's not cool I thought better of him!"

In response to another fan's comment that the rapper should have asked first, the actress revealed, "He did have his people call my people and I said NO I didn't like that image of slime all over my face in association with his song. And he chose to do it anyway! You see??Šthat is the disrespect. Not cool!"

While some argued that Drake may have obtained permission from Getty Images, which owns the photo, Berry clarified, "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 f*** you to me. Not cool. You get it?"

"Slime You Out," featuring SZA, dropped on Sept. 15. The song is featured on Drake's upcoming eighth studio album, "For All the Dogs," which is due out on Oct. 6.

ABC News has reached out to representatives for Drake and SZA for comment.

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Halle Berry criticizes Drake for using image of her for single cover: "Not cool"

Halle Berry has slammed rapper Drake for using an image of her for the cover of his new single without her consent.

On Friday, the Academy Award-winning actress posted a text note to her Instagram that read: "Sometimes you have to be the bigger guy .. ..... 

Screenshots showed a commenter under the post asking Berry how she felt about Drake using an image of her being slimed at the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards as promo art for his new single "Slime You Out," featuring SZA. Berry made it clear she was not happy about it.

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"Hence my post today," she continued in another comment. ..... 

Another Instagram commenter asked Berry why she was upset when she doesn't hold rights to the photograph, which is owned by Getty Images.

Berry said it was because the rapper reached out to her personally to ask if it was okay and she explicitly told him it was not.

"Cuz he asked me and I said NO that's why," she shot back. ..... 

Drake has yet to publicly comment on the cover art but the image remains on his Instagram feed.

CBS News reached out to Drake's representatives for comment.

Halle Berry condemns Drake for using her image to promote his new song: 'People you admire disappoint you'

Drake collaborated with SZA for his new song 'Slime You Out'.

Catwoman's claws are coming out.

Halle Berry shared her disappointment with Drake on social media after the rapper used an image of her to promote his new single "Slime You Out" without her permission.

The photo, taken at the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, shows Berry covered in green slime, much to her chagrin. Celebrities are notoriously drenched in the neon goop throughout the course of the show.

Both Drake and SZA teased the song on their social media earlier this week by sharing the photo of Berry on Instagram.

On Saturday, Berry condemned the creative choice, sharing a cryptic quote on her Instagram feed. "SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO BE THE BIGGER GUY??ŠEVEN IF YOU'RE A WOMAN!"

In the comments section, one user directly asked Berry her opinions on Drake's usage. ..... 

Representatives for Berry, Drake and SZA did not immediately return Fox News Digital's request for comment.

The song was released on Sept. 15 and, per the rapper's YouTube page, uses the cover art for his upcoming album " For All The Dogs. "

Drake recently announced he was postponing the release date for his eighth studio album to Oct 6.

Halle Berry condemns Drake for using her image to promote his new song: 'People you admire disappoint you'


Berry made it clear that she was not happy about the unauthorized use of her image. In response to the commenter, Berry replied, "Didn't get my permission. ..... Berry explained that Drake had personally reached out to her to ask for permission, and she explicitly told him it was not okay to use the image. ..... ..". The post seemed to allude to her disappointment with Drake's actions. Berry's fans and followers expressed their support for her in the comments, with many praising her for standing up for herself.

It is worth noting that Drake's latest single, "Slime You Out," featuring SZA, was released on September 15. The song is part of his upcoming eighth studio album, titled "For All the Dogs," which is scheduled to be released on October ..... The controversy surrounding the unauthorized use of Halle Berry's image for the single's cover art has sparked a debate about the importance of obtaining permission and respecting artists' wishes.

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