How to connect remotely to mysql running inside a digitalocean droplet

I have a mysql instance running inside a digitalocean droplet. Originally, we also had a laravel application running inside that droplet with the mysql instance but now we want to move our application to kubernetes.

The application has been deployed to kubernetes and we are trying to connect the laravel application to the MySQL instance inside that droplet for the purpose of testing but we keep getting the error:

Host '' is not allowed to connect to this MySQL server

That is not IP address I specified as the host, and it is not the IP address of my kubernetes loadbalancer either.

These are the steps I took to enable remote access to the database:

  • set bind address for MySQL to
  • CREATE USER ‘someuser’@‘localhost’ IDENTIFIED BY ‘password’;
  • GRANT ALL ON database_name.* TO remoteuser@‘ip_address_of_k8s_lb’ IDENTIFIED BY ‘password’;
  • sudo ufw allow from ip_address_of_k8s_lb to any port 3306

Please what could I be missing?

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Anyone know how to fix this? I am still stuck.