Alicia Keys Reveals Why She Refused to Date Swizz Beatz

Photo Credit: Marie Claire UK
Photo Credit: Marie Claire UK

By: Amanda Anderson-Niles

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz are still going strong. Alicia and the producer may be married with a son now, but it hasn’t been an easy road for the famous couple. In fact, the details surrounding their initial phases of dating are sketchy depending on who you talk to, and Swizz’s ex wife Mashonda still claims to this day the couple started a romance while he was married to her. Although Alicia denies Mashonda’s claims, other people are still labeling her romance with Swizz as a very odd pairing. But let Alicia tell it in her recent interview with Marie Claire UK, she  wasn’t always feeling Swizz and she was actually turned off by his flashiness for a long time before her feelings eventually changed. The singer says:

“That’s When I Knew is definitely an ode to my husband… Honestly I didn’t really like him that much. I thought he was too ostentatious.

“I think we’ve taught each other a lot,’ she says of her husband. ‘He’s taught me to live more fully and I think I’ve taught him to live more deeply.

“Swizz will have the fastest car, the biggest jewellery, the loudest jacket; everything with him is really over the top. I used to see him and think, ‘He is so annoying.'”


Alicia also says her marriage to Swizz has taught her the importance of speaking up more:

“You have to speak up. To say, ‘I don’t like that, it’s not cool, don’t do that to me’, but it’s not easy, especially with people you love. I think getting older has made me evolve in a lot of ways and made me more relaxed about saying how I feel, no matter what.”


Check out the cover for the July issue below:

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  1. Girl good bye. That wedding ring should have been a red flag to walk away. I haven’t looked at Alicia the same since.

    1. Honestly, neither have I and I’ve tried very hard not to be so judgmental, but this is too hard to overlook. On another note though, you get what you sign up for. She hooked up with a cheater and ever since then rumors have circulated about him cheating on her.

  2. The more she talks about this man like he wasn’t married when she started dating him, the more annoyed I get with her.

  3. Smh. She just needs to stop talking about Swizz. It just reminds everyone how they got together.

  4. This chick talks like he wasn’t even married! She’s so disrespectful. And then she’s trying to front like she was too classy for Swizz’s ghetto a-s. Girl bye! You are a bird and so is that toucan you married!

  5. Alicia Keys is a mess. She really needs to stop talking about Swizz because it’s only made things worse. Didn’t her last album struggle in sales too? I think the whole Mashonda thing really did hurt her.

    1. Alicia Keys had the #1 album when it debut. Her single, Girl on Fire is a hit.

      She has sold out arenas and I went to see her both in New York and London. Her show was classy and voice like velvet.

      Not everyone is a fan so I understand.

      1. Actually, hitting number one when there’s isn’t much competition means nothing. Didn’t one of those flop rappers just hit number one and only sold 50,000 his first week? And yes, her last album was her LEAST successful album ever. In fact, it was reported the sales were a lot less than expected. She only had one lukewarm hit with Girl on Fire, and that’s because Nicki was on it. Don’t get mad because people don’t want to stan for Alicia because of what happened with Mashonda. That is out choice. Get over it.

      2. Voice was like velvet?! LOL! Okay, I figured Alicia’s camp would come up in here and try to do damage control in the comment section since someone tweeted her this link. I suspected something was up with the sudden surge of pro Alicia comments. Thanks for proving me right.

    1. Swizz was married. He is no longer married to his first wife. He and Alicia are very happy with a cute son together.

      The children are happy as well.

      1. And she still slept with a married man? What is your point? Alicia will never be able to shake what she did. Accept that and move on. Writing these dumb comments won’t change anything.

  6. Not a fan of her at all its a said case when you are in the spot light already then you take a married man from his child and wife. Not someone I will be supporting at all…..

  7. I love Alicia an Swizz together. They compliment each other well.

    Alicia is married to Swizz and she can talk about the love of her life. They are both happy.

    The negative comments are unnecessary. It has been at least 6 years. Let it Go People.

    1. “Alicia is married to Swizz and she can talk about the love of her life.” <<< And WE can talk about how trifling she is for sleeping with a married man. It goes both ways sir. Deal.

      1. No! Alicia isn’t trifling. She is living her life and apparently you don’t have one of your own.

        Living someone else life doesn’t leave time to live your own.

        Move on… I know it is hard but he isn’t coming back.

        1. Let’s see, you’re on here defending someone you don’t know like your life depends on it, but you’re telling me I don’t have a life. Oh the irony. Kind of like you saying sleeping with a married man isn’t trifling. LOL. Girl please, I’m a grown woman and I can say whatever I want. What are you going to do about it? That’s right. Nothing. Now run along and cape for the next moral-less woman. Who you stan for says a lot about you. Carry on.

          1. No I will not shut up. She isn’t disgusting. She is a child of God and it is he who judges us not you.

            God always ask us to do a simple things such as love and forgiveness but it is the hardest thing for people to do.

          2. You are definitely in her PR camp. That’s why you wrote two comments using two different names in the last sixty seconds. At least play it off next time. I hope that trifling home wrecker pays you well Helena/No I will Shut Up. And don’t try to bring up God in this, especially since Alicia wasn’t thinking about God when she opened her legs to a married man. Try again you dirty publicist.

        2. You sound ridiculous. I’m a huge AK fan, but what I won’t ever do is dismiss what she did to another woman. My mother raised me to respect other people’s marriages. I was taught to leave married men alone. I’m not going to diminish my character to defend Alicia doing something that was wrong just because I like her music. It’s too bad you weren’t raised the same way.

    2. People probably could let it go if she’d show some remorse. Still hard to swallow when she does interviews bragging about this fantastic love. Especially, when not only did she date a married man, but rumors have long circulated that he’s cheated on her too. If she’d keep it real, people could forgive and support, but she doesn’t so…

  8. I am not part of her PR team. I have my own mind and thoughts and I don’t agree with yours.

    Alicia has a successful music career and I will continue to support a great artist. She can continue to talk about her marriage and husband. It is her life.

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