Show of hands, who would have guessed that rapper Eve’s life would have turned out the way that it did? To be honest, the Philadelphia rapper probably would have never guessed it either. She’s come a long way from being a stripper to a rapper and now a multi-faceted entertainer and entity. In 2001 she invited the world to “Let Me Blow Ya Mind”, and she did just that with hit singles and albums under her belt. solidifying her as one of the successful female rappers of her time. Her life to follow would turn around and blow her mind even further.
Eve was linked to record producer (and now reality star) Stevie J in the past. Having dated for about three years, she would admit years later that she was “young and dumb” in a 2012 interview with Angie Martinez. “[My mom] texted me and was like, ‘You dodged a bullet with that one,’” the rapper shared.
In the same interview, she spoke on her relationship with her now-husband, Maximillian Cooper, a British white multi-millionaire who launched the Gumball 3000 in 1999. Their pairing would be the first interracial relationship for both of them.
“For me, it’s weird that I’m with a white dude,” said Eve at the time. “Trust me. I look at him sometimes and I’m like, ‘You are so white.’ I’m the first black girl he’s ever been with, so we are learning… I’m happy!”
The couple continued to learn and grow with each other and in 2014, they married in a lavish ceremony in Ibiza. An excited Cooper revealed to E! News that the experience was nothing short of “amazing” and that he couldn’t be happier to be married to Eve. “We met on the 2010 Gumball 3000 rally so it only seemed right to have the wedding at the finish of this year’s rally in Ibiza, which was the final stop on this year’s event,” said Eve’s husband. “We couldn’t be happier to celebrate such a special day with all our family and friends.”
Eve was now a wife and stepmother to four children. The relationship was not met with great fanfare, however, as Eve revealed in an interview with Metro.co.uk that they received a lot of backlash for a while as they were in an interracial relationship and it was uncommon in the world of Hip-Hop which “made it hard in the beginning,” she said.
“When we first started posting about our relationship, we got the worst crazy messages that I can’t even believe someone could write or think or type these words,” said Eve. Thankfully, the years have been kind to the couple, as people have begun to come around, saying that interactions have been “99.9% positive” thanks to the confidence in their love.
Adding that marriage is “not easy” and the couple is still on their journey of learning and discovering one another, she continued: “There are days when I’m like, ‘I’m leaving, get out of my face,’ because we’re human. My husband and I are very honest with each other to a fault. I’ve never been in a relationship like this where it’s been very honest and respectful. That being said, sometimes when you’re really honest you hurt feelings and I think what I’m learning is that there’s compromise. You need compromise, communication and you need respect.”
So what is it that made Eve really know that Cooper was THE ONE? Many would assume it was his millions, and that she would now have access to all of his funds as his wife. Or perhaps it was the newness of dating outside of her race? Neither is the case. Actually, the “Satisfaction” rapper revealed that it was when he saw her in her most natural state -without the weave, wigs, or braids – he became more enchanted.
“I wouldn’t let a guy see me in my braids and in that moment,” she once said in a sit-down with The Real co-hosts. “But now I’m like, ‘Yeah, I don’t care.’ That’s when I knew! ‘I guess we’re staying together.’”
She continued, “I was actually getting my hair done. I was at a salon actually, in a little suite. He walked in and I was like, what am I gonna do? Run? He was just like, ‘Okay.’ I’m his first Black girl anyway. He has gone through Weave 101 with me. He knows now that if I say, ‘Babe I’m getting my hair done,’ he’s like, ‘Well, how long?’”