As per a report from E! News, Cooper, founder of the Gumball 3000, an international rally race established in 1999, proposed to Eve on Christmas Day. E! News’ article also references a recent post on the rapper’s Instagram account in which the rapper dons proof of the engagement in the form of a diamond ring. A representative for the rapper and actress confirmed the engagement.
As reported by AllHipHop, Eve and Cooper have been together since 2011, spending time in both the United States and London. In an exclusive interview with HipHopDX in February, Eve spoke to the experience of living in London. “I love it honestly,” she said, “it’s just a dope city. It’s like a New York but obviously with accents. Plus my boyfriend’s there. That was a big part of it. I just really needed a change.”
Cooper, who is a fashion designer, is most commonly known as the founder of the now ubiquitous and nontraditional international race. The Gumball 3000, which celebrated its fifteenth anniversary in 2013, has drawn a number of participants from the music world. Previous drivers include Eve, Swizz Beatz, DJ Drama, David Guetta, and more. This year, as the race’s official website notes, “Estevan Oriol and [Bun B] have driven the Gumball together in 2010, 2011 and 2013 [saw] them reuniting to take on the 3000 mile adventure through Europe.” The Gumball 3000 site also reports that the UGK emcee “heads up the VIP good-times brigade at Gumball and has been known to perform a live set or two en route.”
Cooper has four children from a previous marriage.
Most recently, Eve released her fourth album in the form of Lip Lock this past May. With features from Juicy J, Missy Elliott, Pusha T, Chrisette Michele, and more, Lip Lock was the first album from the Philly rapper in more than a decade. The rapper launched a promotional tour supporting the album in August.