Alicia Keys on loving Swizz Beatz: “I feel so open now, everything is going to be fine”

Alicia Keys is on the cover of Essence Magazine next month, and she looks so pretty with understated hair and makeup and her hair slicked back. Alicia is of course married to music producer Swizz Beatz, who unceremoniously dumped his then-wife for Alicia back when they first started cheating together. (Read this article for background on that, Swizz’s ex wife described how she was still sleeping with him, how they had an eight month old daughter, and how Alicia and Swizz were carrying on behind her back for months together.) Swizz and Alicia have a seven month old son, Egypt. Swizz also has another child with the woman he was with before his last wife, and he has an illegitimate baby daughter with a young British singer, whom he refuses to support in any way. Plus, he owes millions in back taxes. A real winner of a guy to have kids with. But according to Swizz’s wife and fourth baby mama Alicia, everything is going so great that she can relax and feel open. Good for her I guess.

On love: “Falling in love is such a force, but this is a whole other level of magic…”

On music, marriage and motherhood: “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 dedicating a song to her mom: “In the past, I’ve written mostly from my own perspective. But I just wrote a song for my next album that was inspired by a conversation I had with a man who was expressing how indebted he feels to God. He said, ‘I owe God.’ Now, what an interesting thought. And as much as I believe in God, for me that translated into how much I owe my mother for who I am. So I went home and I wrote I Owe You. It’s dedicated to her…”

[Essence via Bossip]

I really love what she said about dedicating that song to her mother. It’s a nice message ahead of Mother’s Day – which reminds me that I have some gift shopping to do before Sunday!

That said, Alicia has told both Swizz’s ex wife’s son and his daughter with that singer to call her “umi,” which means mom in Arabic. (This is according to Swizz’s ex wife.) So I don’t have much regard for Alicia. She’s pretty much pulling a LeAnn Rimes without tweeting about it incessantly. Now Alicia has let her guard down with a guy who cheats and gets other women pregnant regularly. It’s just a matter of time before it happens to her, because men like that do not change.




Alicia is shown on 5/2 and 5/3/11. Credit:

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  1. RHONYC says:

    he still reminds me of ‘spy vs. spy’. ;-)

  2. Janna says:

    Of course you feel open and centered, until you hit forty and he’s left you to be with his 20-year-old protege. I love Alicia, but this guy has a pattern.

  3. brin says:

    Co-sign on the last paragraph, CB. It will be interesting to see how she handles it when he cheats on her.

  4. Rita says:

    I have no regard for Alicia so maybe this disgusting man is a good fit for her. As you pointed out, LeAnn Rimes tracked down and captured an incredible douche as well. Swizz seems to have absolutely nothing going for him in the way of money, looks, character, or any other trait that would attract a woman so I can only conclude that he’s great in the sack. That’s all that really counts, isn’t it?

  5. Toe says:

    Her neck looks sooo thin. Her face too, but se looks beautiful in that first picture.

  6. Praise St. Angie! says:

    god, that man is painful to look at, he’s so fugly.

    and yeah, I’m with most others…he’ll cheat on her, too…he’ll just hide it better because he’s got a meal-ticket now and he doesn’t want to lose it.

  7. Sassy says:

    Ugh. He’s so nasty, in both looks and personality. Great catch, Alicia.

  8. gem says:

    @RHONYC you deserve an image award for that lmafooo!!

  9. lexirei says:

    They are starting to resemble each other.

  10. gobo says:

    Hmmm. The only thing that might make him keep his dick in his pants is that she’s his Sugar umi.

  11. bluhare says:

    @lexirei: SNAP!!! I was coming on here to say that he looks like he could be her brother!

  12. dread pirate cuervo says:

    She is dickmatized. There is no other explanation. Good dong will make you do stupid things. Like thinking that having your stepkids call you mom in another language makes is less wrong!

  13. RobN says:

    I thought she was too busy blaming the US govt. for 9-11 to worry about stealing other people’s children.

  14. 4Real says:

    I used to respect her so much as strong empowered woman…now not so much.

    You gettin play’d girl!

  15. jen says:

    In the wise words of Fred Sanford, Alicia is a “big dummy”.

  16. Jackson says:

    “Everything’s going to be just fine.” Umm, yeah. Good luck with that. Let us know how fine things are when dude cheats on you.

  17. lucy2 says:

    Such a beautiful face, such horrible taste in men. You know he’s going to treat her the same way he did all the others.

  18. Iggles says:

    Karma… She wrote it herself, “What goes around, comes around / What goes up must go down / It’s called Karma baby and it goes around”

    Mmm hmm…

  19. girl says:

    I hope to God they signed a pre-nup. It really sounds like she is just trying to convince herself that ‘everything will be fine’. Who on earth doesn’t worry about anything except someone who is up for being played?

  20. Masque says:

    Dear Alicia,

    Sandra Bullock thought the same thing.

    The Rest of Us

  21. really says:

    “everything is going so great that she can relax and feel open” ….. sounds like she is spread eagle under the sheets!

  22. Wastevine says:

    Eh. Really, this is how much I care about this. She will get cheated on, she might not leave him, but she will realize that she is not holier than thou and she can’t change a man like that. He, however, might decide he has a good thing and try to be a good husband etc. Still, I think she’s too good for him, it’s sketchy to say the least, and really, this thought is already losing importance in my mind….

  23. Samihami says:

    She is disgusting, just as he is. When he screws around on her (if he hasn’t already) I will have no sympahy for her wharsoever. She screwed a married man, which a judgment fail on soooo many levels. As far as I am concerned, they are both losers.

  24. TXCinderella says:

    The fact that this fugly goon can attract anyone is beyond me.

  25. apsutter says:

    There is no way in hell that he is going to stay faithful to her. This marriage IS going to end badly and she’s going to be knocked on her ass. But, when this happens she is going to make one hell of an album from it. And maybe she’ll grow up and learn not to get involved with married men who have several illegitimate children….what a stupid thing to do

  26. Beatrix says:

    You guys need to get your facts straight. Mashonda and Swizz were legally separated when he and Alicia started dating.
    They divided assets. Mashonda wouldn’t let Swizz see his own children.
    AND Swizz is nowhere near broke; he’s just an idiot who didn’t pay his taxes.
    I do think Alicia can do better, though.

  27. jo says:

    Yeah he already proved his total lack of character.. he is as deep as a cookie sheet and the same goes for her part in it as well…

  28. Micki says:

    He’s everything I despise in a man. And his face makes me feel more pregnant than I am.

  29. gee says:

    I think it’s sweet to have a name for your step-parent. It can be weird being five and calling a grown woman Alicia when she is going to be an important person in your life. It’s not a horrible thing to be close to your step mom or step dad, kids are not idiots, they know who their real parents are and nothing will change that.

  30. Richie says:

    I had so much respect for Alicia! I remember once she was on Tyra Banks show and was talking how her mama had raised her and her mom was pretty much a disciplinarian. I see how disciplined and what kind of morals she had when she started cheating.What goes around comes around Alicia!!! that man looks soo cheap !

  31. Cali says:

    I am so disappointed with her and her decision to cheat with a married man who by the way already had 3 baby mama’s and she is delusional if she thinks he is not going to take her cash and dog her!!! She is nothing but an upgrade for him and I hope that when she realizes this she plays her song KARMA…

  32. normades says:

    He seems like a jerk, but I really like what they’re wearing in the last 2 pics.

  33. Blue says:

    I love AK, I find it hard to believe Mashonda had no idea about this since she’s a singer too. Anyways Alicia is gonna hurt by this ugly jackass.
    Kinda have to say it serves her right. She should have waited till he divorced. I dunno what took him so long if he really loved her. This is gonna end badly

  34. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    My fav nickname for him has always been Swiz Beaks

  35. sandy says:

    agreed with all of the above, most people have experienced or know someone who has been in this situation, he will cheat again, cheaters don’t change, you are not special, cheaters get bored with the same old thing, and she deserves everything she is going to get, serves her right, causing other people pain, and rubbing it in their nose, i have no respect for Alicia at all, who is she trying to convince, us, or herself? (she’s more open my eye.)

  36. jemshoes says:

    @ Micki (comment #28)

    100% agree! Absolutely nothing attractive about this guy, inside or out. I hope that Swizz will at least acknowledge, support and even continue to have a relationship with the baby even if he and Alicia do break up.

  37. Hakura says:

    @Masque“Dear Alicia,
    Sandra Bullock thought the same thing.
    The Rest of Us

    LOL xD For real.

    @Beatrix“You guys need to get your facts straight. Mashonda and Swizz were legally separated when he and Alicia started dating. They divided assets. Mashonda wouldn’t let Swizz see his own children.”

    Are you sure about the timing, that Alicia was never with him while he was still with his wife? I’ve just seen some contradictory statements from others, like his wife was still sleeping with him when he started up with Alicia. I really hope that’s not the case… I just adore her music, & would unfortunately lose all respect for her.

    @Gee“I think it’s sweet to have a name for your step-parent. It can be weird being five and calling a grown woman Alicia when she is going to be an important person in your life.”

    I agree that there’s nothing wrong with having a ‘title’ for a step parent. BUT… I do think it’s important for the child’s actual parents to feel comfortable with it… Just out of respect. Like in the situation with Leann… She’s pushed & pushed, even knowing it was bothering the boy’s mother. I do think it’s wrong, in that case.

  38. Isa says:

    I feel like she should be pretty…but for some reason I don’t feel like she is. Like all of her features are pretty separately but together there’s just something off.

  39. Newbie says:

    Sometimes I wonder how grown women are such epic idiots to believe that if a man left his wife for you, he won’t do it again. Get a f***ing clue.
    I can’t say that I feel bad for her in any way, because a grown ass woman should know better than to do this.

  40. Newbie says:

    “Everything is going to be fine.”?

    Keep talking, girl. Keep talking to drown out the doomsday voices shouting in your empty head. I’m sorry. I just don’t have sympathy for something so stupid.

  41. judyjudy says:

    Dude, his name is Swizz Beatz. How can anyone take someone named Swizz Beatz seriously?

  42. mew says:

    Use to like Alicia but not anymore really.. just kind of indifferent about this couple now. Don’t much care for her music either. Just waiting the ish hit the fan..

    But the cover shot I like. They have managed to make her look really clean and fresh without looking photoshoppy. Nicely done.

  43. Geekylove says:

    Her nose is so high up in the air, no wonder she set herself for this, this doomsday-man.
    Ok, i don’t think she really wrecked a marriage-as i believe a cheating bastard doesn’t need he’ll With that; but i still never ever understood the “umi-bonus-mom-fairy” thing. Poor moms who have to stand back and allow some woman be an influence on their children each way she Pleases. Sick. And to think, With legal system you can’t do anything but prey that your ex won’t find sOme leann material.
    Alicia keys is done in my book.

  44. TJ says:

    Like my mom always said, “If he’ll cheat with you, he’ll cheat on you.”

  45. God is Good says:

    They are a beautiful couple. Alicia is absolutely breath takenly gorgeous on the cover of Essence.

  46. JenJen says:

    Her music is amazing but I have been confused by this, I thought she was openly gay? Maybe it was just a wide spread rumor because as strong as her personality is I can’t see her putting on a show. Then again, can’t remember the last time she had a hit, makes me say, hhhhmmmmm.

    Looking at that dude again and wondering when the last time was he ate, so I am not buying it.

  47. Elizabeth says:

    re: “I feel so open now. Everything is going to be fine”

    No, its not, dear. You are married to a cheater. He will cheat on you. And the only thing you are open to is a messy divorce proceeding when its over.

    @ Jenjen – AK’s “true love and marriage” only makes sense if its a “beard” for her being gay. Even then, she could have done better.

  48. southerncheerleader says:

    I’m DONE with AK.

    Can’t understand why such a beauty would get with this man.

    Janet did the same thing.

    Look at thow that ended.

  49. jaye E says:

    I kind of hate defending Swizz, but the article says that he refuses to support the little girl he was with the european singer and that is not true. He does see her and support her. There were pictures of them together a month or two ago spending daddy/daughter time together. He took her to a spa for kids. Before a story is reported on, it should be thoroughly vetted…even if it’s just gossip.

  50. jaye E says:

    And Swizz Beats is a highly sought after hip hop producer…he doesn’t need AK’s money.

  51. honeyv says:

    They look so great together! I truly admire them. Both are talented and they are private about their relationship, they’re not making scandals or showing their babies in magazines, Alicia posing nude while pregnant etc etc. Way to go!

  52. Mouse says:

    “…a whole other level of magic.” I just threw up in my mouth a little. She sounds like she’s trying to convince herself of something and she’s coming across as the LeAnn Rimes of R&B. Like her music though.

    @gobo #10 = Ah haha!

  53. Guesty says:

    I’ve never liked Alicia – she’s smug and pretty humorless. The Swiss Beatz thing seems to be who she is – she felt love, so too bad, Mashonda! She gets both your husband *and* to front like she did nothing wrong, and a cutesy nickname to sidle up to your kids!

    She’s as scummy as she is. It’s amazing to me that her cross-eyed, closed-eyed singing style and mangling of high notes snags so many fools, I mean, fans.

  54. Stacia says:

    She could have had any decent man out there, instead she chose Swizz Beak- a married, deadbeat serial cheater with 4 plus kids and a face like …

  55. Ann says:

    Alicia I do hope you have a pre-nup in place. You seem to have married way beneath you. But I guess the heart wants what the wants. A new wife, mother, and stepmother to 3 children with 3 different mothers, a husband with big tax problems. What more could a girl ask for.

    Time to get back to work SUGAH UMI you have got lots of child support to pay and millions owed in back taxes by Swizz. Not for nothing but, your husband seems to like making babies whether he is married or not. Like you said every thing is going be fine now. LMAO