By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Alicia Keys is tired of people calling her a homewrecker. The R&B singer’s image has taken a massive hit since she got romantically involved with Hip Hop producer Swizz Beatz. While love is usually a pretty positive thing, the couple was thrown into the middle of a controversy when Swizz Beatz’s estranged wife at the time Mashonda claimed that Alicia started sleeping with Swizz while they were still married. Mashonda claimed that although she and Swizz were separated at the time, she was under the impression that they were working on saving their marriage, and she even claimed that they (Swizz and Mashonda) were still intimate at the time. Despite Mashonda’s claims, Swizz and Alicia have always held steady to their side of the story that pretty much claims that they didn’t start dating until Mashonda and Swizz were over.
The drama between all three managed to stretch out the divorce, and Mashonda ranted publicly about the situation for quite some time. But as hearts mended, Mashonda and Swizz were able to put aside their differences, and raise their son together peacefully. And Mashonda and Alicia seem to be able to coexist with one another as well…for now.
But with a new album on the way and a single making it’s impression on the radio, Alicia Keys is feeling the need to defend her marriage again.
In a recent interview with Jet Magazine, Alicia says (about her the origin of she and Swizz Beatz’s romance):
“…[They] were apart for some time before we ever got together…that doesn’t matter to those who take pleasure in trying to knock others down…there’s no need to fight what’s not true…”
She also explains why she knows what she has with Swizz Beatz is real:
“I’d never met a person where I could be fully myself…Swizz and I live in each other’s shadow. So we can occupy the same space and there is nothing but equality. There’s something really powerful about that.”
Catch the rest of the interview in the November issues of Jet Magazine, which hits stands on November 19.