updated 09/13/2010 AT 7:00 AM ET
•originally published 09/13/2010 AT 8:45 AM ET
Rapper Drake had the Web buzzing when he and his Young Money label-mate Nicki Minaj Tweeted last month that they suddenly got married.
“Please refer to @nickiminaj as Mrs. Aubrey Drake Graham and don’t stare at her too long,” the rapper Tweeted on Aug. 27. “She’s finally mine.”
“Yes, it’s true,” Minaj, 25, added via Twitter. “Drake and I tied the knot.”
But no one was more surprised to hear the supposed big news than the rapper’s mother.
“My mom was actually like, ‘What happened? How did you elope?’ ” the rapper, 23, told PEOPLE at the MTV Movie Awards Sunday. “But we were just joking around. I never thought it would get so out of hand.”
This wasn’t the first time that Mama Drake likely wondered about her son’s romantic life – last year, he was rumored to be dating Rihanna. And it didn’t help matters when Drake bought himself a certain piece of jewelry around the time of the wedding Tweets.
“Ironically, I got a ring for myself, so people were like, ‘Aw, you got married, and you have a ring you’re wearing,” he says.
Drake’s seemingly innocent joke also had some additional backlash beyond his worried mom.
“People still think it’s real,” he says. “I’ll look at a girl, and she’ll be like, ‘You’re a married man. You shouldn’t look at me that way.’ ”