It might seem like Dev is brand new to the music scene, but the truth is you’ve probably heard about the super cool gURL even before she came out with songs like “Bass Down Low” or “In the Dark.” Dev’s been featured on tracks like Far East Movement‘s “Like a G6” and Demi Lovato‘s current single,”Who’s That Boy.”
But it wasn’t until Dev revealed she was pregnant out of wedlock that the entertainment world really started buzzing. We sat down with Dev to talk about this major reveal, get the scoop on her gURL-powered album, and hear all she had to say about being a gURL.
gURL: Congrats on your pregnancy. How did you and your fiance feel when you first found out?
Dev: Thank you! We were actually really excited. We knew it was bound to happen, so we were both thrilled. It was kind of interesting timing because I was on tour with Usher. But yeah, we’re both really happy.
gURL: How did your parents feel about the pregnancy considering you’re pretty young?
Dev: They were really excited and really supportive. They know how much we’re in love and how much we support each other. He’s the best guy, I really lucked out. It’s kinda strange.
gURL: If you had gotten pregnant as a teen, would you have gotten in trouble?
Dev: Probably not. My parents are really like ride or die, which is kind of cool and really weird at the same time. They have my back for absolutely everything. I’m really fortunate to have them. And even though I’m only 22, I’ve been living on my own and have my own career and life, so it doesn’t really seem like I’m as young as I am.
gURL: What advice would you give teen gURLs who are actually trying and hoping to get pregnant?
Dev: Oh jeez. I hope they have a good job and lots of help. I mean, I really can’t give too much advice except, be as loving as possible. I think everybody’s different and the most important thing at the end of the day is really making sure they have a loving place to come home to.
gURL: We love that advice. What would you say is your favorite about being a gURL?
Dev: I love that we have the power to sort of do what we want; we can say whatever we want, dress however we want depending on the day or our mood. Anything goes. gURLs have this really cool feminine power to be a complete boss, which is really awesome. Boys like to think they’re bosses, but really, we’re the bosses.
gURL: Ok, and your least favorite?
Dev: Having my period. As TMI as that is, that’s like the whackest thing.
gURL: You dropped out of college as a freshman. Do you have any regrets?
Dev: I’ve been very fortunate to be a part of huge songs and play massive shows and meet amazing artists. But I do miss school. I do. I was really good in school and I really enjoyed it, and I think it’s very important for kids to have education and to learn. I do miss it and hopefully I’ll be able to go back one day and just for my own sort of thing. But no, I guess I can’t really say I regret anything.
gURL: We love that attitude. Okay, so let’s talk music. Your very first album, The Night the Sun Came Up, is coming out on November 1. What can we expect?
Dev: You can expect a lot of personal stories, even on the uptempo tracks. I tried to keep this album useful and as a reflection on my journey to becoming a musician. Hopefully a lot of people will see there’s more to me. The world thinks they know me because they’ve heard a song, but they really don’t. This is my chance to introduce myself.
gURL: You’ve collaborated with some pretty big names like Timbaland, Demi Lovato, David Guetta and even Far East Movement. Who else would you love to collaborate with?
Dev: I would love to collaborate with Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I think that, as a female, she just stands for a lot and is pretty badass and I think that we could make a really powerful song together. I would love that.
Watch Dev’s “In the Dark” video now…
Editor’s Note: After this interview went live, we got word that Dev’s album has now been pushed back to January 10, 2012.
WDYT, gURLs? Do you like Dev? Think she’s too young to be pregnant? Would you love to see a collaboration with her and Karen O? Tell us your thoughts below.