Rapper Eve Talks 'Truly Scary' Domestic Violence Stats On Aussie Tour

Eve's baptism of fire came early into her new gig on The Talk one year ago.

Days into joining the show, during a segment where the roundtable discussed a PAPER magazine cover that featured Nicki Minaj in a threesome with herself ("Minaj à Trois"), she dared voice her disappointment in the rapper.

The criticism quickly made gossip headlines and after being relentlessly hounded by Nicki's fans a.k.a. "Barbs" on social media, she eventually asked them to "calm down".

Eve told 10 daily the experience was a learning curve, as she reflected on the incident one year later at her 'RNB Fridays Live' concert tour stop in Sydney.

"I'm very quiet and don't get involved in many things. I had to understand that as a talk show host, I'm now in the line of fire," she explained.

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"No matter what I say, somebody's going to have a problem with it. I just have to be true to myself and okay with my opinions as long as I'm not disrespecting anyone, which I would never do."

She has settled into her role on the weekday show, but admitted it took some time being "vulnerable" in front of an audience of millions.

[L-R] The Talk's Sheryl Underwood, Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert and Eve at the Daytime Emmy Awards in April 2018. Image: Kevork Djansezian/Getty.

"For the first four months, I was terrified every day I came out. Now I've found my groove, my voice. It was nerve-wracking, but I really enjoy it."

During her RNB Fridays Live set, Eve paid tribute to another female rapper, Cardi B, dancing to a snippet of the Bronx bombshell's hit "I Like It".

The ladies share a similar journey, both becoming exotic dancers in their teenage years who dreamed of growing into the hip-hop stars they are today.

It's been almost 20 years since Eve released her first album in 1999, Let There Be Eve. With paw print chest tattoos, cropped blonde hair and street anthems orchestrated by hip-hop label Ruff Ryders, she made an immediate impact.

She credits the family-run crew -- founded by brothers Joaquin and Darin Dean and their sister Chivon (uncles and aunt of producer Swizz Beatz) -- with helping her evolve from wide-eyed girl to accomplished woman.

"While there were other females [at that time] who wanted to be naked, I never wanted to be that. If anything, they tried to cover me up as much as they could," she said.

"They were also open to my ideas and we had great conversations. As long as it was a real situation I was [song] writing about, they were open to it."

The album cover for 1999's Let There Be Eve... Ruff Ryders' First Lady. Image: Ruff Ryders/Interscope.

She brought them a powerful track for her debut, "Love Is Blind". Written when she was 16, it was a rap ballad based on her 17-year-old best friend's relationship with a 35-year-old man whom she fell pregnant to. He would also regularly beat her.

Upon hearing domestic abuse is rampant in Australia to this day -- with current statistics showing one woman per week is murdered by a current or former partner -- Eve was stunned.

"When I put that song out, I didn't even understand what domestic violence was. Honestly. As I got older, people would tell me how the song saved them or they'd played it for a friend who would then go and get help," she said.

"That is truly scary, those kind of numbers in a country like this."

In the almost two decades since she became famous, Eve has enjoyed music, fashion, film and TV success. During the Melbourne leg of the RNB Fridays Live Tour, the Philadelphia-born star celebrated her milestone 40th birthday.

"It's unbelievable -- I still haven't put me and that number together," she laughed.

"My DJ got the crowd to sing 'happy birthday' and I did say on stage what an honour and pleasure it was to be there, doing something I dreamed about and what people dream to do. It was a beautiful thing. It's a blessing."

Featured image: Getty.

Contact the author: samelia@networkten.com.au.