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Faith Evans Moves Beyond Past

October 25, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ Quietly, R&B singer Faith Evans has moved beyond her unwanted role of hip hop’s most famous widow with a new album and a new love.

Evans, wife of Notorious B.I.G. when he was gunned down in 1997, often found herself entangled in rap scene soap opera scenarios. Through it all, the 25-year-old mother of three kept her dignity.

She stayed silent when Tupac Shakur fueled the East-West hip hop feud by claiming he had sex with Evans in an effort to disrespect her husband, also known as Biggie Smalls.

``These were things that didn’t have to do with me _ Tupac, East Coast vs. West Coast. It was like, ’Leave me out,‴ Evans says in the Nov. 12 issue of Rolling Stone.

Her stormy marriage, aggravated when Smalls promoted the career of his lover, rapper Lil’ Kim, over Evans’ professional efforts, didn’t make her bitter.

``I never felt I shouldn’t make him seem like a good person, because he was, regardless of what we went through as a couple,″ Evans said. ``The marriage thing wasn’t for him _ and we dealt with it accordingly, But it didn’t make me not want to get married. In fact, I’m going to do it again.″

Her new album, ``Keep the Faith,″ features a tune dedicated to her new love, a man she didn’t identify.

```Caramel Kisses’ is a song about a guy that I’m totally in love with -- his complexion is like caramel,″ she said.

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