Hip hop artist Eve confirmed reports that she is engaged to her long time boyfriend, British designer Maximillion Cooper.
Earlier today the rapper-actress who was born Eve Jeffers tweeted, “Thanku 2 everybody 4 your congratulations on our engagement! We wanted to celebrate with our family and friends 1st b4 announcing,” along with two heart emoticons.
Cooper also confirmed the news on his Twitter feed. “Yes it’s official…I asked the question…and she said YES! WAHOOO! we’re getting married!” he wrote, alongside a photo of them leaning against a race car.
Eve’s rep told E! online that Cooper, 41, popped the question to Eve on Christmas Day.
Before the news broke, Eve, 35, offered a first glimpse of her huge diamond ring in a family photo she posted on Instagram Monday.
“#familytime!!!! Me and my mom and my lil brother Farrod just got to the English country side. Feel so#blessed to be with my family and sharing my life here,” she wrote. “I pray that you bring 2014 in with people you #love”
It appears Eve will be doing just that with Cooper. Here’s five things to know about the love of her life.
1. He’s a Designer
Born in Staffordshire, England, Cooper studied fashion at London’s prestigious Central St. Martins College of Art and Design. As the founder and brains behind the Gumball 3000 brand, he splits his time between New York and London. Creativity runs in his family. He’s the son of an abstract artist and musician.
2. He’s a Former Race Car Driver
In 1999, he launched the Gumball 3000, an annual British 3,000-mile international motor rally which takes place on public roads, with a different route each year. For the Gumball 3000′s 15th anniversary, drivers traversed 13 countries and 3000 miles in just seven days. Putting his love of racing together with his fashion skills, Cooper built Gumball from an underground rally into a global lifestyle brand.
3. He Met Eve at the Gumball 3000
Eve met Cooper at his annual racing event when she participated for the first time four years ago. She’s been back every year since and has been officially dubbed the “First Lady of Gumball,” according to the Gumball 3000 website. When they began dating in 2010, it was the first biracial relationship for both of them. “I’ve never been the type of person to discriminate,” Eve told Chelsea Handler in June. “But I honestly have to say I never thought I’d be with a white guy ever. But it just happened. It’s amazing. I’m the first black girl he’s ever been with too.”
4. He’s Been Married Before
While this will be Eve’s first marriage, Cooper was previously married to his former business partner Julie Brangstrup, and has four children, ages 4 to 10.
5. Cooper and Eve Have Talked More Children
At first Eve wasn’t sure about becoming a stepmom, the star of “Barbershop” and her own sitcom “Eve” told Sister 2 Sister magazine this past May. “I was like, ‘I’m not sure this is what I want to be my life.’ You know? But honestly, it’s been three years now and we’ve gone on vacations together, and they’re the sweetest kids.” She and Cooper have even discussed adding more kids to the mix. “We talk about having kids. We talk about marriage,” she told the magazine. “The kids are excited. They want a brown baby sister.”