Drake and The Weeknd rekindle their friendship in new music video

By Sarah Walker

Are Toronto's musical twosome The Weeknd and Drake finally friends again?

Judging by The Weeknd's latest music video, which features the 'Hotline Bling" rapper showing off some of his iconic dance moves, it looks like the duo have made amends, despite never actually confirming they were ever on the outs.

In honour of his 27th birthday, the "Starboy" singer released a star-studded short for his latest single "Reminder." It features him rapping alongside Drake while at a low-key party with friends.

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While the homegrown talents have ruled the international music scene over the past two years, it's been a rarity to see them together.

Drake first became a big supporter of Abel's in 2010 and then in 2011 he called on his fans to support the Scarborough native's debut mixtape House of Balloons.

Around that time, The Weeknd even opened up for the former Degrassi star at OVO Fest, and the pair started to collaborate on albums and singles together.

Everything between the duo seemed to be the stuff of music legend, until rumour has it The Weeknd chose to sign with Universal Republic Records instead of on a label with Drake. Suspicious tweets were even made about the falling out.

In 2013, The Weeknd finally addressed the duo's relationship in an interview with Complex.

When asked, "People think you guys aren’t cool with each other anymore," the star tried to reassure fans. "No, that’s not true. Definitely not true. But it makes sense. The thing about Drake is I told him what my decisions [about which label to sign with] were going to be. And he was down with it from the beginning."

The artist went on to say the pair try to brush off rumours that they're on bad terms. "Of course. I don’t like to spoon-feed people. I don’t like to be like, 'You know what? I’m going to let the world know that we’re cool. We’re going to take a picture together. Everyone’s cool.' It’s all about the mystery, and people like it. [Stuff's] WWE, man. It’s wrestling, you know what I mean?"

After that, the partnership seemed to be on the mend -- at least publicly. There were Instagram photos of them posing together, as well as a tour through Europe for OVO Fest.


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Then came an interview with Rolling Stone that seemed to hint that things weren't OK between the pair, though The Weeknd wrapped it up on a positive note.

"I will always be thankful — if it wasn’t for the light he shined on me, who knows where I’d be. And everything happens for a reason.” That said, he noted: “You never know what I would say if this success wasn’t in front of me now.”

Either way, fans are no doubt excited to see the duo working together again, and are likely hoping this music video is the start of further collaborations.

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