Ciara says she wants to have her first child in about four years, but not before she gets more established in her career and finds "a great man" to settle down with. She also says that that great man, at least as of now, is not 50 Cent.
The very single 21-year-old singer is denying speculation that she and the G-Unit general have something going on besides music, despite rumors that the two were spotted riding together through Queens, New York, a few weeks ago.
"I'm single," she said recently, after a taping of "TRL" in the MTV studios. "It's a process. At this point, I'm learning more about myself. I have moments when I'm like, it would be great to have somebody there. Then I have moments when I say, 'I'm 21 and I'm single and I have to enjoy myself.' But I am one person who enjoys love. I love love. I'm looking forward to that day when Prince Charming is in my life. I know it sounds cheesy. But one of my goals is to have a solid family and have kids.
"I want to have my first child by 25," she continued. "That's not too young, is it? I want five kids, and there's no way I can have five kids and start too late."
As for 50, his collaboration with Ciara has been getting play on the radio. It's called "Can't Leave 'Em Alone," and the Southern dimepiece is singing about being attracted to a thugged-out guy (see "50 Cent Gives Ciara The 'Flavor' She's Looking For").
"I felt like I needed a rapper to complete it and bring life to the record even more," Ciara said of the song. "I felt 50 was perfect because of his persona and the way he moves on a record. His melody is amazing. We didn't [record in the studio] together, but he is a sweet person."
Not so sweet is NFL superstar Reggie Bush, or at least the character he plays in Ciara's new video for "Like a Boy." He hasn't been doing right, and she wants to turn the tables.
"It's a record for my women," Ciara explained. "It's something we all go through. I had a lot of girl talks during the album-making process, and we all shared so many stories that were similar. It's amazing how we all go through similar things. So I said, 'What would it be like if the roles were reversed?' It's a female-empowerment record.
"We were going hard with embodying the male persona," she added of dressing up like a boy in the video. "I was really going hard with trying to make the lyrics come to life. I have on my suit, my white tee with baggy jeans and my Jordans."
Ciara says she wants to shoot at least one movie this year, but she can't dabble too much in Hollywood right now. She's focused on her music. Releasing at least three more singles from her current album, The Evolution, and headlining a world tour toward the end of the summer are chief on her to-do list for 2007.