Drake has acknowledged his sensitive image before, telling the AP last September, "I'm emotional, yeah, I guess. Let that be the worst thing in my life, please, not something like drug charges and God knows what else. I don't get myself in trouble, so if the negative feedback that I do get is the worst thing that's going to happen to me, then so be it."
He also called his mother "the most important person" in his life.
"My mother is an incredible woman," he said. "She's brought me to this point single-handedly."
In July, Drake hosted the 2014 ESPY Awards, when Michael Sam -- the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team -- accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award and gave one of the most moving speeches ever.