Ciara may have flipped the restart button on her personal life, finding companionship and new love with NFL star Russell Wilson.But her past with Future is not as far behind her as she would prefer.I won't live it to the fullest."She continued, "That's where I am at this day and time in my life, and I'm also with someone that makes me extremely comfortable to be that way, which is Future, meanwhile, was equally head over heels.They had each others' initials tattooed on their hands and, in August 2013, the rapper told Hot 97's Angie Martinez that he was ready to settle down."This it."I didn't expect anything to come from us working together.I didn't even know what to expect from going into the studio with him and then we began to meet each other and everything just began to flow. So I felt something really unique from the beginning and then it just organically went this way."A few weeks later, when asked about her decision to go public with her relationship, Ciara told MTV News, "I've had my experiences over the years and I've been able to learn a lot and, you know, when you do step outside you put yourself in a position to where people are going to be able to judge and they can criticize, and they can give their opinion, and that's something... I'm running toward my fear, running towards the things that make me uncomfortable because I feel like if I live my life based off of those things, I won't live my life how I'm supposed to.I don't get into nothing to get out," the Atlanta-born artist said.
In July 2015, Wilson confirmed that they were a couple --perhaps most memorably—that they were abstaining from sex before marriage."I ain't gonna lie—I need ya'll to pray for us," the recently divorced athlete joked (but probably not that much) to Pastor Miles Mc Pherson of San Diego's Rock Church.Ciara not-so-subtly-tweeted her reaction, writing, "Some Person Is So Dishonest and Ignorant That They Don't Deserve A Response." She added, "Furthermore, One's Main Focus Should Be On Being A Good Parent."Asked how he felt about his ex moving on with a new guy, Future said on 105.1 FM's also last July, "I swear, man, I'm not thinking about her... Like, you gotta understand, you want a person to be happy."The rapper added, "I'm not bitter. "I gotta go through lawyers to see babyfuture…the f--kery for 15k a month.I jus want babyfuture that's all."Ciara sued in February and Future fired back last month, stating in court documents that his ex—who will be hosting the 2016 Billboard Music Awards this weekend with Ludacris—wasn't doing well enough to have an image for him to ruin. Meanwhile, Ciara's still very-present past with Future didn't deter Wilson one bit.I was caught up in my world, my life, and it ended up happening," Future recalled. 27, two days after her 28th birthday, "Today Has 2 Be Like One Of The Sweetest Days Of My Life! I know she's super happy and, it's just like, I feel good to be able to make someone happy."He revealed that he "definitely" surprised Ciara with the ring."I was takin' my time with it, I just wanted it to be special for her," he said."I'm very, very excited!