Misty Copeland, the first African-American female promoted to principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre, sat down with “My Fox New York” recently and talked about starring in the upcoming Broadway production of ‘On the Town’ at the Lyric Theatre.
Also, during a recent keynote speech/interview at “The Soledad O’Brien & Brad Raymond Starfish Foundation’s PowHERful Summit,” Copeland opened up about how she balances career and love life with her boyfriend Olu Evans.
Misty told summit host Soledad Obrien:
“It took me finding a person that respected me, that allowed me to still fulfill what i wanted in my career. That was most important to me. I always said “no man is coming in and taking me away from ballet.” And that was so important to me that the person I ended up with was going to support me in every way, because my career is so important to me.
And I knew immediately when he wasn’t afraid of hearing or seeing me so damaged – and that he wanted to help because he cared about me as a person.”
Copeland, now 32, lives with her boyfriend of 10 years, Olu Evans, 36, a corporate lawyer, on the Upper West Side.
Misty credits her boyfriend Evans, who she met when she was 21, with helping her to regain her confidence and take better care of herself. “He made me feel like [my body] is my instrument and I have to take care of it,” she says