Although Serena Williams said last month that her and rapper Drake are longtime "friends," and "just like family," when asked about his constant presence during her Wimbledon matches, the pair appeared to be much more than that when they were pictured cuddling at Sotto restaurant in Cincinnati on Sunday night.
The 28-year-old rapper and the 33-year-old tennis champ were reportedly "making out" in a private room in the back of the restaurant, TMZ reports, and weren't shy about showing some PDA in front of six other guests at their table. However, it's hard to tell if there's really any kissing happening in the photos, but Serena does appear to be sitting on the "Back To Back" rapper's lap while the two get handsy.
Drake was in the stands on Sunday in Cincinnati, when Serena defended her title at the Western & Southern Open. He's made no secret that he's a huge fan of the athlete, Instagramming this shot of him intensely watching one of her Wimbledon matches last month.
He was also, obviously, a very animated spectator.
The two have actually been the subject of romance rumors for years now, and last July, Serena's ex-boyfriend, rapper Common, admitted that his past beef with the Canadian rapper was in fact over the tennis champion. "For me, I think it was an emotional thing," he told VladTV. "Meaning, I was feeling like, at that time, I think it was the Drake-Serena situation -- I ain't know what was going on with that. And I ain't know if he was throwing things, shots at me. You know, this my ex, and we kinda, you know, going our separate ways. Unfortunately, the war might have been over a girl, even though at the time I never said that."
In March, Serena opened up to Vogueabout her dating life -- or rather, her lack of one. "I am really shy. I don't talk to guys," Serena surprisingly said. "Friends? Yes. But a potential? No. I get nervous that I will say the wrong thing, and then I just start laughing."
Still, she made it clear that she's far from desperate.
"I guess," she said, when asked about her desire to start a family and have children. "I'm not even looking for it."