That’s not all she loves. Eve and her longtime boyfriend, British entrepreneur and race car driver Maximillion Cooper, are still going strong. Read what E-V-E has to say about wanting a ring, her dream collaboration, and where she finds inspiration.
ESSENCE.COM: Inquiring minds want to know: when’s the new album coming out?
EVE: The album is coming out this year, for sure. It took a long time just because I wanted to make sure that it was perfect and right. I’m really happy with it. In fact, I’m more than happy with it – I love it!
ESSENCE.COM: Can we expect any surprises on Lip Lock?
EVE: You definitely will hear me evolve, and you will hear my growth. But, at the same time, I really wanted to bridge my core audience with where I am now. I didn’t want anybody to feel like they were left out. And, I think I did that.
ESSENCE.COM: Musically speaking, what haven’t you done yet that you’re looking to do in the future?
EVE: My dream collaboration is with Lauryn Hill. Is that ever gonna happen? Who knows! But there’s still a lot I feel like musically I could do.
ESSENCE.COM: What are you listening to right now?
EVE: I listen to every thing, all kinds of stuff. I’ve been obsessed with the Nas and Damian Marley record, Distant Relatives. I feel like a lot of people haven’t heard it, and it’s amazing.
ESSENCE.COM: Are you still happily in love?
EVE: I am, thankfully!
ESSENCE.COM: Will we hear wedding bells soon?
EVE: He better! (Big laughs.) Seriously! Ha! But, right now, we’re really, really happy.
ESSENCE.COM: Where have you found the most inspiration?
EVE: Well, I’ve relocated to London, so right now it’s London. I walk everywhere when I’m there. It’s so eclectic. It’s New York on steroids. There are so many cultures and sounds, and people and fashion. Chicks are so fly. I live in a neighborhood where there’s a lot of West Indian culture, so it’s nice. I have to always come back because my mother would kill me if I didn’t, but right now that’s where I’m at.
ESSENCE.COM: What does ESSENCE mean to you?
EVE: It’s news for what’s happening with us. It’s fashion, it’s news, it’s travel — it’s everything. It’s like a staple. Even my mother will call me and say, “Girl, I was on ESSENCE.com.”