Here are a few snippets of Monica’s recent interview with UsMagazine.com.
Us: How have things changed now that you’re releasing an album in the age of Internet promotion?
Monica: You know it’s tremendously different. Of course once upon a time people were excited about going into the stores because they were being serious about looking at album packaging. The age of the Internet was not around. The audience [listening to my music these days] enjoy the internet so my label has a whole Internet [marketing] campaign.
Us: How do you juggle getting ready to release an album with two young children at home?
Monica: I have a two-year-old and a four-year-old. It takes your patience to a totally different level. I’m okay with hard working until things pay off.
Us: Your friend and duet partner Keyshia Cole also did a reality show. Did she give you any pointers as you were filming?
Monica: Her main concern for me was understanding that everything that I am when the cameras are off is everything that you want to be when the cameras are on. What I enjoyed about Keyshia’s show is that it showed her finding her own way and assisting her family. In my case, my family has always been my backbone — they’ve always been the reason that I was able to do what I love.
Us: Do you keep in touch with former duet partner, Brandy?
Monica: She found me through Twitter. We lost touch and some of my followers told me that she was looking for me, and it was just a blessing for us to be able to make back up. We are complete opposites, but I think that gives us a chance to really see things from a different perspective on a regular basis. She is a lot calmer than I am and helps me objectively deal with some things. Sometimes I’m able to bring a different perspective on things she may be experiencing. As adults, at 29 and 30 years old, we have a great relationship and a great rapport with one another. We talk about different things inside and outside of the industry.
Us: You got engaged in 2007. What’s the status on your love life?
Monica: My love life is cool! Basically, I’m very much like a guy. I don’t apply pressure. The only thing I expect is respect and great care for my children. As long as I have that, I’m very happy. I’m sure [a wedding will] happen at some point. Like I said, I’ve been very focused on just making sure that the home is in order. A lot of people get so concerned with paperwork and not what needs to actually happen for the paperwork to last for a last for a lifetime the way it was intended, so we’re just focusing on the things being done the right way.
Since this interview, Monica has confirmed (via twitter) that she and her fiance are no longer engaged: “Thank U everyone for all the love you’re sending. @Rocko4Real is a great father and we will continue to love and parent our children. The rest is a private matter between @Rocko4Real and I. He is a good person. We all make mistakes. Even separated we will always be family. I say thank U again to U all,” she tweeted.