It’s hard to believe it but in 2012, there is still a lot of backlash around interracial dating. Eve is no stranger to this kind of negative attention. She received a firestorm of criticism when the public became aware of her relationship with race car driver, Maximillion Cooper. Eve has heard it all from claims that she has turned her back on black men to the theory that she’s “sold out” since her stripper and Ruff Ryders days.
Eve addressed it all in an interview with Hot 97’s Angie Martinez via Necole Bitchie:
On People Having an Issue With Her Dating a White Guy:
I need them to stop [caring about interracial dating]. What year is it? 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.
People came at me. Now it’s better, like when I started sending pictures or people started seeing pictures on Twitter, people really came at me hard, but now it’s fine. Like I said, I do look at him like, I can’t believe I’m with a white dude. I don’t let him dance. I tell him, ‘Look like a pimp, I will dance around you.’ He can do a lot of things, but he can’t dance.
On Whether or Not Her Boyfriend Knows About Her Ruff Ryder Days:
Yes, and he still can’t understand it. He thinks it’s all cute which also annoys me sometimes, like, ‘Look how cute you are.’ No, I was hard. He’s real proud though. I’ve never been with somebody so supportive in my life so it’s good. It’s a blessing.”
She also spoke on Stevie J and “Love & Hip Hop,” saying: “I have not seen [“Love & Hip Hop”], I’ve never watched it. I can not allow myself but trust me, people give me updates. I was young and dumb. The first person that said something to me was my mother, she text me and said, ‘You dodged a bullet with that one’ and we’ve never talked about it again.”
To say Eve dodged a bullet with Stevie J is an understatement.
It’s great that she and her new boyfriend, Cooper, respect and understand each other’s cultural differences — and have found peace in their relationship. If Eve is in a supportive and positive situation, I’m happy for it even if it happens to be with a white man.