Eve has been in a serious relationship with British businessman Maximillion Cooper for several years now, and the Philadelphia-born rapper has spoken before about the nuances of dating someone who is of a different race as well as a different nationality. She revealed in a recent interview with VIBE Vixen that she wouldn’t want any child that they have to be preoccupied with race and color.
“I don’t want them to see color. I never did,” she shared. “I grew up in the hood and my mother was very good at it not being a black thing, even though I grew up around all black people. I want them to want to know everything about all kinds of races. I’m a black woman and I love being a black woman. And I think my child should know that black part of themselves. But at the same time, their father would be white and I would want them to know that side of themselves. And British! That’s a whole other situation [Laughs].”
Several stars, from Serena Williams to Zoe Saldana, have been involved in high-profile interracial relationships. In late 2012, she spoke to blogger Necole Bitchie about her relationship with Cooper and some of the awkward moments they’ve had as an interracial couple and the criticism that comes along with it.
“I need them to stop [caring about interracial dating]. What year is it?” she asked facetiously back in November. “Like, stop. Seriously. Trust me, I gotta say, it is weird for me that I’m with a white dude. Trust me. I look at him sometimes and I’m like, ‘You are so white.’ Seriously! Yes, I gotta be real like that. I’m the first black girl he’s ever been with, so we are learning. Trust me, he’s been through ‘Weave 101.’ I’ve been out on a date but not like this, not like my dude. I had to tell my mom and my step-dad who still thinks he follows Farrakhan. It’s crazy. We learn a lot about each other but people came at me like, ‘I can’t believe you’re dating a white dude and you don’t like black dudes no more.’ I’m like, ‘I love black men, it just so happens that my heart went this way right now.’ Who knows? I’m happy…My family’s happy. [My pops] is cool. He still keeps calling him ‘my friend.’ [He says], ‘How’s your friend?’ Like, it’s been almost three years.”