SZA has been private about her love life, which includes a 2009 fling with Drake
SZA may detail how she would like to dispose of her ex in “Kill Bill,” but when it comes to her personal life, she's notoriously private about her relationships (and seemingly never dated anyone named Bill).
The "Snooze" singer has kept most of her love life out of the spotlight, which includes a brief romance with Drake and a decade-plus-long relationship with her ex-fiancé, whose identity has never been confirmed.
In his 2020 song “Mr. Right Now,” Drake rapped about how he used to date SZA over a decade ago. “Yeah, said she wanna f--- to some SZA, wait," he rapped. "'Cause I used to date SZA back in '08."
SZA later clarified the timeline to 2009, making it clear she wasn’t underage at the time, since she turned 18 in November 2008.
During her SOS tour stop in London, SZA did get candid with her fans about her personal life when she revealed that an ex had cheated on her in the city, though she clarified it wasn't her ex-fiancé.
“I never told anybody, but like, my boyfriend cheated on me in this city before,” she said during the show, per a video on Capital XTRA’s Instagram. “It was terrible. That’s why I was really sad to come here, but you guys made it so much better. Thank you! This song is about my other trash ex-boyfriend.”
From her brief fling with Drake to her 11-year relationship with her ex-fiancé, here’s a look back at SZA’s dating history.
After Drake released “Mr. Right Now” in 2020, in which he referred to a 2008 relationship with the “Nobody Gets Me” artist, SZA took to X (formerly known as Twitter) to address rumors that she was underage at the time.
"So It was actually 2009 lol ... in this case a year of poetic rap license mattered lol," she wrote. "I think he jus innocently rhymed 08 w wait. Anybody who really knows me and was around during this time can confirm ... it's all love all peace."
SZA continued in another post, "I just didn't want anybody thinking anything underage or creepy was happening. Completely innocent. Lifetimes ago."
"We were really young," she said. "It wasn’t hot and heavy or anything. It was like youth vibes. It was so childish."
The two came together again when they collaborated on their 2023 single “Slime You Out.”
SZA’s Former Fiancé
Though SZA does not often speak of her past relationship, she has shared bits about her ex-fiancé, to whom she was engaged for five years and dated for 11. She told Rolling Stone she was “fresh from high school” when she first started dating the unnamed fashion designer, but had been on and off throughout the decade.
In a December 2023 interview with Zane Lowe, SZA admitted that she only got into music thanks to her ex-fiancé, who was eight years older than her and helped her financially.
“[I] really only did music to prove a point,” she said. “When I started making music, it was to my ex-fiancé, because he was paying for everything. My food, my clothes, where I lived—and he was eight years my senior, so I was so codependent.”
As of October 2023, when the Rolling Stone interview was published, the two had called it quits “five or six years” earlier, so she said he served as inspiration for many of the songs on her 2022 album SOS.
During an interview with Hot 97 in December 2022, the singer shared that she wrote the song "Nobody Gets Me" after her breakup with her fiancé, explaining that it was inspired by all of the mixed emotions she felt following their split.
"This particular song in entirety is a story about my ex-fiancé and how we went through all these arguments, and we broke up," she said. "And when we first broke up, it was like terrible, and I just felt like I was gonna be doomed to be in hell for the rest of my life because nobody understood me the way he did, and nobody motivated me the way he did."
She continued, "He was just this rock in my life that just no longer exists. The stories that I tell in that song about our arguments … That's the theme on that. I feel like a lot of people don't understand me but it's okay."
During a March 2023 show in Portland, SZA seemingly referenced her ex onstage, telling the audience that she wrote most of the songs she was playing about someone who lives in the city.
"He's not here 'cause I'm blocked on everything," she said, per a TikTok posted by a fan. Before playing "Nobody Gets Me," she added, "This one is extra sad because I did write this song about the person that lives here… F---. Being blocked on everything is so f---ing hard."
"My ex's father just texted me and was like, 'My son is really hurt about what you said about him to the crowd,' " she said. "You don't get to block me on everything. Tell our mutual friends terrible things about me like I'm a monster, or whatever the case may be. And then I don't get to speak my piece in my way. You go do your healing and I'll do mine."
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