British singer Jorja Smith has reportedly stolen the affections of Canadian rapper Drake.
Following whirlwind romances with Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez, Drake is said to be making more than sweet music with Smith, who has drawn comparisons to Amy Winehouse, for her soulful voice, and American model Amber Rose, for their similar shaved, blonde haircuts.
It is believed Drake, 30, and Smith, 19, grew close during the rapper's recent Boy Meets World Tour in Europe while collaborating on a track for his new playlist More Life. The dating rumours were only fuelled when Drake was spotted in Smith's hometown of Walsall, West Midlands, in March and headed to the singer's local Co-Op store.
Sharing details of their alleged romantic connection, a source told The Sun: "Drake has a reputation for hooking up with his female collaborators, most famously Rihanna. So it's no surprise he's fallen for Jorja, she's absolutely gorgeous and an amazing singer. He's been championing her a little too strongly...
"He's brought her out on stage at his UK gigs and Instagramming about her a lot. So when Jorja started confessing to friends there was a romance brewing, it didn't come completely out the blue. Drake is not one for serious relationships so no one is predicting they are about to step out holding hands on a red carpet anytime soon. But it's more than just a one-off fling."
While Drake has certainly provided Smith with a far-reaching platform to share her music, the musician is known in her own right for her sheer talent. Get to know one of the UK's most promising new talents...
Listen to Drake's Get It Together featuring Jorja Smith:
Who is Jorja Smith?
Age and hometown
Smith is 19 and proudly hails from Walsall, a small town located near Birmingham.
Celebrated for her soulful sound, Smith garnered a following with her song Blue Lights, which tackles police injustice. Reflecting on events in recent years, where many young black men have been killed by police or while in custody in the US, the hard-hitting lyrics include: "Don't you run when you hear the sirens coming/ Not blue flashing lights, maybe fairy lights."
In addition to her 2016 EP, Project 11, other notable songs from Smith include A Prince and Where Did I Go? Summing up the core of her music, Smith previously told Fader: "I don't like to write about myself. I like listening to people."
Smith is currently in the midst of her UK tour with stops including Birmingham's O2 Academy and Electric Brixton in London.
Boy Meets World Tour and More Life collaboration
While performing at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on his latest tour, Drake made the ultimate gesture by giving a shout-out to Smith and her hometown of Walsall. It later emerged that their friendship was by no coincidence as Smith then appeared on his playlist More Life, lending her sultry vocals to Get It Together featuring production from Black Coffee. Clearly confident in her talent and appeal, Drake also allows Smith to shine in her own space on the track Jorja Interlude.