Unfortunately for Alicia Keys, this tag has been synonymous with her since she and hitmaker Swizz Beats went public with their relationship. For, according to the producer’s ex-wife, singer Mashonda, Keys is responsible for the break-up of their marriage, after she supposedly pursued him while he was married.
Now, after lengthy silence, the ‘Karma’ singer has hit back at the claims in the June issue of Essence. Find out what she had to say after the jump…
On her husband Swizz Beatz (born Kasseem Dean) and their 6 1/2-month-old son Egypt:
“I was very closed for a long time. But I feel so open now. To feel open like this means you’ve found the center in yourself. You’re not hiding; you’re not worried about anything. Everything’s going to be just fine.”
On her step-children (Swizz has three kids from previous relationships):
“‘Kasseem is very present in his children’s lives. I wouldn’t be able to love him otherwise. We are doing what is best for the children.”
On Swizz’s ex-wife Mashonda’s allegations that Alicia broke up their marriage:
“We didn’t start seeing each other until months after they had separated. I was aware of all the false things that were being said about me, it definitely hurt. I was sure that if I engaged, it would become back-and-forth like some sick entertainment, which goes against everything I believe and would have made things worse.”
While yours truly remains indifferent to the He-Say/She-Say, this serves as yet another example of the personal being used to benefit the professional. For, with a new box set to promote, Keys’ decision to finally speak out now (not when getting married or pregnant) is suspect to say the least.
In any case, we’re here for the music and not the drama. Here’s hoping she delivers with her next release – as her efforts post ‘Diary’ have been lacking.com.