The Canadian rapper, who opened his UK tour at London’s O2 Arena last night, hooked up with the popstar in 2015 but vowed to keep it secret.
At 30 years old, Drake is 28 years younger than Madonna, who turned 58 in August.
Their romance started before their infamous awkward on-stage kiss at US music festival Coachella, which prompted the pair to have a public fall-out.
A source close to Madonna said: “Everyone in Madonna’s circle was totally aware there was a brief fling between Madonna and Drake in 2015.
“They knew it wasn’t going to last forever obviously but both of them were single at the time.
“There was definitely a massive attraction between them.
“Drake has a track record with older women too so Madonna is absolutely his type.
“They had fun together but kept it strictly secret. Neither of them ever plan to discuss it.”