Alicia Keys whitewashes the start of her relationship with Swizz Beatz

Alicia Keys covers the new issue of Marie Claire UK. It’s a lovely shoot – Alicia’s hair looks good, her face is always beautiful, and her body looks great. Unfortunately, Alicia is still kind of an a—hole. Yes, she sings pretty songs and yes, she gives back to charity. Praise her for that. But do not praise her for the sketchiness that is her relationship/marriage to Swizz Beatz. Swizz Beatz was married to Mashonda Dean when he started fooling around with Alicia. Alicia is the reason Swizz and Mashonda are no longer together. Swizz was also fooling around with other women throughout his marriage to Mashonda, and one woman in particular (Jahna Sebastian) coincided with both his marriage to Mashonda AND his affair with Alicia, and that relationship ended up with the woman having a baby. A baby that Swizz has neither acknowledged nor financially supported.

Throughout her relationship and marriage to Swizz, Alicia has barely answered any questions about the shadiness of this whole mess. Whenever she’s confronted with direct questions – rarely – Alicia pushes them off or acts like she’s too important to deign to justify Swizz’s shenanigans. Their marriage and the birth of their son Egypt continued the “whitewashing of Alicia” in the press, and nowadays whenever the big outlets cover her, they make it sound like Alicia and Swizz are completely in love and he’s such a doting father and you wouldn’t know that he’s got a bunch of other children that he doesn’t support and barely sees.

That’s all backstory because Alicia continues the whitewash in this new Marie Claire interview. She talks about meeting Swizz and what she felt and never once does she reference the shenanigans with Mashonda:

They are one of the music world’s golden couples, supporting each other through their careers and helping to raise two-year-old son Egypt. But it seems that things weren’t always so rosy between Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz, as the superstar has admitted that she found him ‘annoying’ when they first met. Speaking to Marie Claire, the 32-year-old opened up about the couple’s long journey to romance, while posing for an ethereal new photo shoot.

‘Honestly, I didn’t really like him that much,’ she said, talking about when she first met the American hip hop artist while they were both teenagers. ‘I though he was ostentatious. He’ll drive the fastest, brightest car, wear the biggest jewellery, the loudest jacket; everything with him is really over the top,’ she admitted.

‘I was like, he is so annoying,’ she said, reminiscing about when she saw him drive past a restaurant in a huge white Rolls-Royce Phantom.

But after years of knowing each other, and not quite managing to work together, the pair found themselves in the studio, and a relationship soon followed.

‘I fought tooth and nail,’ she said, admitting that she originally didn’t want to work with him. ‘Finally though, we did it and we had a ball.’

‘I think we’ve taught each other a lot,’ she said. ‘He’s taught me how to live more fully and I’ve taught him how to live more deeply.’

The singer also admitted that she struggled with the negative attitudes of people close to her during her rise to fame.

‘There might have been people in my life who, now, when I look back, I realise were kind of insulting or abusive – verbally or emotionally – or just not supportive,’ she said.

Speaking about her beloved two-year-old son, the singer says ‘[He] never gets grouchy or grumpy. He has a great disposition.’

[From The Mail]

I guess we’re supposed to think that it’s cute that Alicia took so long to come around on Swizz, that a good man was right in front of her the whole time or some kind of mindless rom-com trope like that. But I keep coming back to something Mashonda said in an interview: “We were married. Sleeping in the same bed and having sex every night while he was seeing Alicia. Okay? It was an affair. 100 percent. I don’t know why people want to change that rule so much. We had just had a kid, for crying out loud. Our child was 8 months. I found out about Alicia two days before my son turned 1. They had been doing their thing for months before that.” That’s the time period Alicia is referencing when she casually says that she and Swizz “had a ball”. Yeah.

Photos courtesy of Marie Claire UK.

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  1. Domestic_diva says:

    Ugh what kind of woman wants a man that will shirk his responsibilities as a father for her. Then have a child same said man?!! It’s not even like he wasn’t cheating or had never cheated until her ad they were these soul mates that couldn’t fight the chemistry he’s a known Dogg and yet u somehow believe he’ll change those ways for u? Hopefully when that marriage falls apart due to his cheating shenanigans people remember how they got together and don’t give her any sympathy as a victim

    • Sue says:

      While I do agree that Swizz is a messy person or was a messy person, I don’t believe she was the cause of the break-up of that relationship. Mashonda and the random broad have kids that are two months apart. How did AK ruin your marriage when your husband is having unprotected sex with RANDOMS all over the place. Mashonda is mad he finally got with someone more famous ans successful than her. We can’t let Mashonda pretend to be a victim here

      • Kitten Mittens says:


        Swizz is clearly the instigator in this whole mess, but Alicia is far from innocent. She knew he was married and I bet it’s very likely she knew he had kid(s) and wasn’t a top notch dad.
        It’s also shady and reflects poorly on her that he doesn’t see or hold himself financially responsible for his children outside of his current marriage. Swizz may have initiated the relationship with AK, but she chose to continue it knowing he had a child, wife, and wasn’t honest to his family about her. She should own the fact that she was a mistress and home wrecker and move on. I have little tolerance for women that knowingly sleep with married men and then fib about how romantic it was that they got together. No sympathy when he’s caught fooling around on her.

      • jaye says:

        @kitten mittens…he has acknowledge the child as his. There were pictures of him with his daughter by Sebastian last year. Now, I don’t know if he’s stepped up financially, he posted pics on twitter and referred to the little girl as his daughter.

    • Sue says:

      While I do agree that Swizz is a messy person or was a messy person, I don’t believe she was the cause of the break-up of that relationship. Mashonda and the random broad have kids that are two months apart. How did AK ruin your marriage when your husband is having unprotected s*x with RANDOMS all over the place. Mashonda is mad he finally got with someone more famous ans successful than her. We can’t let Mashonda pretend to be a victim here

      • CTgirl says:

        If you’re the spouse that isn’t cheating then, yes cupcake, the non-cheating spouse is a victim. Whether he was cheating with one, two or three randoms and getting it on with Ms. Keyes it really doesn’t matter. He cheated knowing he was married. The randoms cheated with him knowing he was married. Alicia Keyes cheated with him knowing he was married. All of these cheaters are a big hot tacky nasty ass mess. And since he was impregnating all these women he was having unprotected sex. Gross.

    • RHONYC says:



      A person harmed, injured, or killed as a result of a crime, accident, or other event or action.

      A person who is tricked or duped: “the victim of a hoax”.


      when your husband commits adultery, that IS being victimized.

      i didn’t make the dictionary, i just comprehend it. :oops:

    • steph says:

      Swizz has been caught “cheating” on Alicia. A couple of years ago his BBM chats with some jumpoff leaked. I forget the details but this girl met him through Solange Knowles. Anyway the messages spanned a long period and included him sending her tickets to see him.

      Having said that I doubt that Alicia had conventional views on monogamy. I have heard on more urban sites that he accomodates her bisexuality and she ignores the jumpoffs as long as its discreet. No big deal.

      I dont think Mashonda is completely honest though. She clearly had a look-the-other-way policy as long as he didnt leave her. And I’m pretty sure she just wanted to keep the prestigous marriage and lifestyle. She knew the guy fathered a child with a groupie months before Alicia. She would have put up with Alicia if Swizz hadnt filed for divorce. Mashonda was betrayed but not in the degree she tried to claim.

      • Domestic_diva says:

        St@steph I can feel u on that I think alot of people in the industry have look the other way policies in their relationships . And Mashona did milk the whole woe is me for all it was worth. I guess my big thing is kids I feel like if these people don’t want to hold the,selves to some semblance of a moral standard that is fine ure adults do u but what happens when the kids grow up seeing the “examples” as we’ll as when they grow up and there are like 8 of them close in age with different mothers the sons will think that’s how to treat women and the daughters will not expect a man to treat them any better.

      • YuYa says:

        There are degrees of cheating? Cheating is cheating is cheating. Mashonda has every right to feel betrayed. She was MARRIED. Whether or not he cheated on her with someone else at the same time, it doesn’t matter, she was still cheated on. She is allowed to feel hurt and betrayed. jesus.

      • Asiyah says:

        Mashonda said at one point that what really got to her wasn’t just the cheating and how he left her for Alicia. It’s that Alicia wrote songs about strong women and sisterhood and yet had no problem going after a married man. Yes, he’s a cheater. Always has been, always will be. She also mentioned how Alicia just had no regard whatsoever for the marriage, even making a red carpet appearance with Swizz when he was still very married to her and even claimed to be working it out with her. And on top of that, the salt on the wound is how Alicia makes this out to be some awesome love story where they didn’t screw other people over. And Mashonda also said how she tried to confront Alicia woman to woman but Alicia wasn’t having it. Yes, it was via twitter, but Alicia wasn’t exactly responding to her requests to speak.

        Take a look:

        Of course, putting the blame solely on Alicia is excessive, but at the same time, Alicia had an impeccable reputation as a good woman. Not saying Mashonda is right, but you can understand her shock at how Alicia just didn’t seem to care. All this talk of karma and it’s like that’s all it was–talk and a song.

      • evyn says:

        Oh, please. I don’t see her as a victim. She’s one of those pathetic women that knows that their husband is a cheating dog (hello, Brandi), but it’s okay as long as you are “my man.” They let them get away with it until they move on, and then they want the play the victim card.”I was blindsided; We were so in love.” Meanwhile, all the other side pieces are coming out of the woodwork.

      • steph says:

        Yuya, you completely missed my point. Swizz and Mashonda clearly had an understanding. An “I look the other way and you dont divorce me” understanding. The pregnant mistress wasnt the first straying fyi. As even this piece notes he was a known player. Mashondas gripe is NOT that Swizz had yet another “affair”. Her problem is that he deigned to leave her. And she tried to trigger moral outrage with a story that those of us who follow urban gossip knew to be a half-truth. Shes not your typical cheated-and-jilted wife lets say.

      • Karen says:

        @Asiyah, Mashonda said this, Mashonda said that. Does that make it true?

      • Asiyah says:

        @Karen the same can be said for Alicia’s comments, as well as Swizz’s, as well as the various jumpoffs. I never claimed that Mashonda was right. I was merely stating what she said and what she said hurt her about the entire situation.

    • Priya says:

      Why is it her fault? You can steal a guy who isn’t willing to be stolen. Swizz is at fault here.

  2. Kate says:

    Her songs (her famous ones, anyway) tend to be the same lyric sung over and over and over again. And over again. Which is why I never really liked her.

    And this is just shady all around. I’m kind of surprised they lasted so long, because he has to be cheating on her, too.

    • Naye in VA says:

      Im not going to diss her on the music, because she actually has had some great albums. The first two “Songs” and “Diary” are the best.
      But ever since she got with him, she’s been phoning it in. “Girl on Fire” is one of the dumbest songs I’ve ever heard, so if her career begins to falter as a result of her BS with Swizz so be it.

      • Liv says:

        I so agree. I was such a big fan of her music, I loved Songs In A Minor! But like Beyonce her music recently sounds generic and shallow. So sad. She’s so talented and there she is, screaming a song without any substance.

      • Domestic_diva says:

        She’s got some bangers but I get tired of all her scratchy hollering I could never listen to her CDs straight through lol

      • Asiyah says:

        Word. She’s slipped. Her music isn’t what it used to be.

      • Bijlee says:

        THANK YOU! Girl on fire is horrendous! Omg, it’s just awful.

      • jaye says:

        As I Am, IMO,was her best work. It showed she had grown as a songwriter and she also worked with the magnificent Linda Perry. She also stopped with all that hood banter that her previous work was rife with. Her work after that album has been meh, although I like the song “Brand New Me”.

      • apsutter says:

        @Jaye…As I Am was really good. Very mature, good songwriting, good tributes to songs past, and she even managed to pull off a good duet with that d-bag John Mayer. Element of Freedom came after and it was mostly throw-away. All of her albums I can listen to from start to finish but Elements just isn’t worth my time. I actually like GOF but Diary will always be my fav.

    • littlestar says:

      I’ve never liked Alicia Keys, as a person or an artist. Her music is just so bland to me, nothing memorable about it at all IMO. And agree, “Girl on Fire” is absolute crap.

  3. RocketMerry says:

    Yeah. Can’t stand her. Never could, actually, mainly because of that horrid smug expression she’s always got: “Look how much better than you I truly am…”

    Well, all we got left is hope that she’ll change some day, I guess?

    • Renee says:

      Yes! I’ve always been annoyed by her holier-than-thou smug mug too. And why she gets a free pass on the cheating is beyond me.

  4. marie says:

    I was always raised to believe that if a man cheats with you, then he will cheat on you. Alicia can call it what she wants, but if he was married then that makes her the other woman and there is nothing cute about it.

    having said all that, most of these photos are really good (minus the third one down)

    • ya says:

      I’ve heard rumours that they have an open marriage now and that they both have flings on the side.

      The whole thing is shades of the Brandi LeAnn Eddie scenario – Swizz like Eddie cheats with tons of women during his marriage. The big difference is PR wise – Alicia has done a good job handling the situation while swizz’s ex hasn’t. It’s the opposite for LeAnn and Brandi – Brandi has built a career out of their triangle shield LeAnn has a serious public image problem now.

  5. mabooski says:

    so messy.

  6. Josy says:

    Agree with his article completely. Except for the part about him not acknowledging the other child. He was just in Europe with all the children for the little girl’s birthday. He’s still a cheating a-hole tho. Alicia Keys as well.

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  7. Maria says:

    even if you think cheating is all ok why would you get a child with someone who doesnt aknowledge or care for his other children?

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Exactly. How does that NOT bother her?
      That would be a HUUUUGE deal-breaker for me. It really says so much about his character.

      • StormsMama says:

        And hers. Truth is she must think SHE is special and different and therefore convinces herself THEIR KID is special and different too. That makes her a bit (or a lot) self absorbed. And a jerk.

      • the real mccoy says:

        I was told by my baby daddy’s wife, “why should I care about the child when he doesn’t? what are you mad at me for, you had the baby by him?” She was right, I chose someone who I believed would care for his son. But the joke was on her because he dipped when she got pregnant. LOL
        Mashonda was a slimy as Alicia, she stole Swizz when he was with his baby mom. But she had papers, so I guess we are supposed to feel more sorry for her, I guess.

      • jaye says:

        She is the one who encouraged him to go to London and get the paternity test that proved he was the little girls father. He’s been active in her life since then. Even though I think he’s a dirty bird, whoever wrote this story needs to update it to include that Swizz DOES acknowledge and take care of his daughter instead of allowing false info to remain on the page.

    • Bijlee says:

      He does acknowledge her. Which is sweet, but he’s still a massive idiot douche.

    • Cirque28 says:

      This. His sense of entitlement and lack of responsibility WILL get around to affecting you also, Alicia. Give it time.

    • jaye says:

      He acknowledges ALL his children. Even the little girl he had w/Jahna Sebastian.

  8. Sabrine says:

    With his track record, there’s not much doubt he’s going to play around on her eventually. She’s trying not to think of that and she certainly doesn’t want to be reminded of his past and why should she be? It’s her deal, her future and she’ll have to deal with it, whatever it turns out to be. Everyone else needs to mind their own business.

  9. Shelley says:

    Ever since Alicia and Swizz got married both their music has been crap.

    • Jo says:


    • Liv says:

      Is it Karma? I never understood why she’s with him. She seems like such a smart and nice girl and he seems shallow and dumb. She basically admitted this in the interview.

      • Sarah says:

        Some sites say she is with him as a beard for her own sexuality (she likes women). So she gets to do what she wants (sleep with women) and he gets to do what he wants (sleep with other women). Everybody “happy”, nobody telling the truth.

  10. serena says:

    I’m so disappointed in her since she’s with that douchebag.

  11. tubieandthetubes says:

    Finally, someone has the balls to say what I’ve been thinking for years!

  12. gogoGorilla says:

    How you got him is how you will lose him. So, good luck with that.

    • Tapioca says:

      Oh she’s not going to lose him, she’s gonna let him do whatever he wants to cling on to the image of a perfect happy marriage.

      AK will never allow the world to say “I told you so”.

  13. CandyKay says:

    Her hair looks great, though. Love the bobbed style.

  14. Micki says:

    She’ll need a lot of time and work to whitewash their relationship. It was an ugly messy affair. It will forever be an ugly, messy affair. He seems to be unconsiderate a*hole in his relationships,there’s a risk she’ll be another single mom, third in the row?

  15. Brittany says:

    He does acknowledge and support his daughter by Jahna Sebastian, she has his only daughter Nicole Dean. I’m not condoning his affair or actions just wanted to point out that he is apart of her life.

    • Mar says:

      Yes I’m glad you pointed this out because I have seen the little girl with him once before the Disney pics here. I’m sure Alicia is doing damage control, the little girl looks exactly like him!

    • Bebe says:

      If you follow him on Instagram he posts a lot of photos of his kids and not just the one he has with alicia. So i dont believe he is some deadbeat dad. He clearly has a relationship with his kids. Cheating though? Sure but i think their relationship is convient for her too. There was a lot of rumors she was gay before she hooked up with him.

  16. TG says:

    I really enjoy her music and those photos are really pretty especially then last one where she is holdin the wheat or is that a palm plant? But that Swi guy is gross and gives off major douche vibes even Alicia admitted it in the interview yet she was still attracted to that. Ugh no one rolling around in a ginormous white rolls Royce and flashy clothes and jewlery is going to make my heart flutter.

  17. Lisalou says:

    She better watch out…. This could be a new LeAnn Rimes situation if she doesnt shut her mouth.

  18. Yup says:

    For someone with such flexible morality, Alicia always gives off a ‘s&it don’t stink’ attitude, verbally and non-verbally, doesn’t she?

    Marie Claire ‘shopped the hell out of her exposed legs/leg. A beautiful woman, an overrated ‘artist,’ a nasty soul.

    And Swizz (UGH) ‘had a ball’ while Alicia played with both of his, and sent him home to his wife. Tee-rashy, Alicia.

    • LizEJ says:

      This ^^ She seems so holier than thou when she is shady as hell.

      Also, I know for sure she definitely isn’t as nice or charitable as she seems. One of my sister’s best friends come from a really wealthy family from Uganda and wanted to organize a charity event and contacted Alicia Keys’ ppl. Alicia Keys agreed to a meeting with her and the event planners but she stood them up because the event wasn’t “big” enough and they couldn’t giver her enough money or something. She should have realized this before instead of wasting everyone’s time. Also wanting lots of money for a charity event? Just tacky all around.

      • Asiyah says:

        That’s exactly what got to Mashonda. That’s why she said that Alicia knows what she did and that it was very selfish. She walks around with this “above it all” attitude but at the end of the day she turned out to be just another ratchet.

  19. dahlianoir says:

    Dear Marie Claire,

    if you wanted a white woman on the cover, why bother with a black one and the task of photoshopping her ?

    • WTF says:

      I thought I was the only one that noticed that!!! WHY!!!

      And this fairy-tail romance that you have with him is the same thing Mashonda thought she had with him until you came along….

    • judyjudy says:

      Alicia Keys is of mixed-ethnicity, isn’t she? I don’t think her skin tone looks any lighter on that cover than it does in other photographs I’ve seen of her.

      I’ve always thought of her as strikingly beautiful and racially ambiguous. Why does it have to be white woman vs. black woman?

      • ya says:

        Completely agree – people of colour come in different shades – lighter and darker. I have an issue with assuming that every picture is photos hopped IG the person of colour in it is not dark enough to fulfil someone’s expectation of how dark is dark enough.

        Just because a person has lighter skin doesn’t mean that person is white.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        I think that actually is her natural color. Alicia spray tans, I remember this because that was a huge thing when her wax figure came out. The figure was about the same shade she is on the cover…you can tell when you look at her feet.

      • Tina Lee says:

        Racially ambiguous? How so?

  20. Sam says:

    She also never acknowledges the groupie who, after Alicia gave birth, came out with all the nasty texts Swizz was sending her – talking about taking her on tour and stuff. Alicia makes herself look so weak by staying with this guy.

  21. lucy2 says:

    By “annoying” she means “married”, right?

    But let’s be fair, Swizz’s wandering dong is the reason he and Mashonda aren’t together anymore. Alicia certainly isn’t blameless (or smart, apparently) but let’s not let him off the hook.

    • Marty says:

      ^This. I think Swizz is a d-bag and all but why does she get called an a-hole when this happens SO much in Hollywood. I’m not saying she should get a pass or anything, but is she any worse than the others?

      • Asiyah says:

        Actually, in this case, the mainstream media (disregard urban blogs) have not called either one of them a*h*les. The urban blogs ripped both of them apart, but her moreso because a) she was more famous and b) she had that holier-than-thou attitude and seriously thought and thinks that she can change Swizz. He’s been a known dog. Only Alicia thinks she’s the special one to tame him. Unless, of course, the rumors of their arrangement are true. Then that makes this even more messed up. Doing damage to other people just to save your image? At least if it was for love I could get it.

  22. yeahright says:

    This shit happens. Its not fair and its hurtful… and Mashonda got the shit end of the deal… but honestly, who cares.

    • judyjudy says:

      Tell that to Brandi Glanville !

      • Asiyah says:

        Leann will. I mean, she’s the only reason we’re still talking about this Brandi girl. We barely talk about Mashonda, right? Probably because Alicia doesn’t engage her.

      • Jennifer12 says:

        Probably because Alicia has her own child and doesn’t try to stalk and co-opt Mashonda’s. Though Swizz has so many kids by so many women, I can see where it would be too exhausting to try. Stop blaming the victim. Brandi was supposed to just cave in to everything EC and his ATM wanted, including giving her kids over. She’s their mother and she fought back, and has to every day. When she puts the spotlight on their behavior is when they back off, and then they cry foul that she’s spreading drama. It’s their way of controlling her. Alicia wanted her man, wanted a baby, got what she wanted, and that was the end.

  23. Jayna says:

    I love her as an artist and own all her music. People meet someone and it’s messy and selfish sometimes. People get ruled by their raging physical attraction and want to say they are soulmates, when it’s really just intense attraction at that point and you feel it’s love, but is it or are you just addicted to the feeling? And of course him telling her he was separated or separating, I think. I mean, he did have a child with another woman around the same time as his wife, so I’m sure he was telling the marriage was over to Alicia.

    Her album had songs about she didn’t care what people said in the Element of Freedom, I guess warning her away from him, he was trouble. She is blindly in love. The ex wrote an open letter to them and later did a two-part interview in I think it was Jet Magazine. Alicia never really talks about it. At least she isn’t tweeting daily about being a bonus mom. And he does see his child by the ex. This song is in her most recent album talking about his past and her belief she will be the one. I think that’s what all women believe when they are so madly in love and hooking up with a known screw-around, that they will be the one that changes him.

    This is one of my favorites of Girl on Fire album.

    101 –

  24. fabgrrl says:

    Gad! Just like Whitney Huston. Gorgeous, talented woman hooks up with the biggest douche in town and spends all her time talking about her POS husband. Why? why?

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      It just doesn’t make sense that this is an all-too-common scenario…smh..

  25. Simply Red says:

    The other woman always has a role but the man has the bigger role.. He is 90% at fault and I’ll give her 10% only because she didn’t make vows to MaShonda

  26. BeesKness says:

    I was roped into going some Bunco game a few months ago, and while we were playing the Girl on Fire song came on. A woman at the table with me says “I love Alicia Keys, she is so talented and beautiful and drama free. She is a great role model for our daughters.” I told her well no, she isn’t drama free, Swizz Beatz was married when they got together and he left his wife and family for Alicia. In a cold and nasty voice she says “Well if I could get with Alicia Keys, I’d leave my wife too.” This woman has always been cold to me and apparently told a mutual friend she couldn’t believe I would say that about Alicia Keys. It was one of many experiences I have had when I talk about celebrity gossip with people who are part of the so called mini van majority. Alicia is not totally to blame, Swizz Beatz is a real dog, but this story has definitely been whitewashed!

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      “Well if I could get with Alicia Keys, I’d leave my wife too.”

      …is what somebody says when you just presented them with cold, hard, facts about their fave celeb.

      I don’t hate Keys by any means but I’m not seeing “role model” in her either.

  27. Asiyah says:

    Like I said, if the urban blogs are correct and this is really just a sort of bearding contract or special arrangement, then this makes this all the more messed up. At least if this was about love we can always say, “well love is blind.” If this was all for the sake of her image then she really is more cold and callous than we thought…and so is he! (but we already knew about him. He’s been a selfish jerk for years, chasing anything that walks and only worrying about himself).

  28. Audrey says:

    How can you be attracted to and love a man who neglects his kids?

  29. Karen says:

    Alicia is the reason Swizz and Mashonda are no longer together? That is a pretty bold statement and one that this author cannot know for sure. You say his affair with Jahna Sebastian coincided with his affair with Alicia? Can you prove that Alicia was having an affair with Swizz at that time? That would have been aproximately August 2007 as the little girl just turned 5 in May. That would have been at the time Mashonda’s child was just a baby. Mashonda can blame Alicia all she wants but does she even really know WHO he was with? Looks like he was with the girl in London when her child was just a baby. As for Alicia, there is no proof. So Mashonda says she found tickets and all, of him being where Alicia was going to be. Doesn’t mean anything except he was pursuing her and evidently sleeping with OTHER women. Who knows how many? The only ones that can be proven are the ones who have his children. It’s evident this author does not know all and is not aware of what is going on with these people. Swizz has acknowledged his daughter, as Alicia made a trip to London with him to supposedly prove the child was his. He also according to reports supports her financially and has a relationship with her. Why anyone would would write in a column like this spreading rumors that aren’t true is beyond me. To suggest no one would know Swizz has other children is just stupidity. Just a few weeks ago all the children were at Disney in the UK even one of the other mothers. There are always pictures of Swizz with his children-all of them. As for Alicia not talking much about what took place, who could blame her? First it’s no one’s business and second people seem to twist the truth anyway. The worst thing that happened here was that Mashonda took all their personal lives and put them on display by writing that stupid letter. Btw, the album that Swizz helped Alicia with was her Element of Freedom album and that was released in late 2009. I believe November. Egypt was born in October 2010. As far as I can see it looks like Alicia didn’t come into the picture until after the London girl, possibly 2008 or 2009 and so that would be the time period she would be referencing when she said, they had a ball. As for Mashonda and the liitle piece of that letter you included, I would probably ask if she knew all this why would she even want to stay with him sleeping in the same bed. I read in another interview he slept separately from her during that time so now she has contradicted herself. Of course a writer could just be writing anything they want, right? In the long run, I believe Alicia is the best thing for the children and Swizz. I wish I could say it’s best for her but that remains to be seen.

    • Asiyah says:

      “”The worst thing that happened here was that Mashonda took all their personal lives and put them on display by writing that stupid letter.”

      She replied via twitter because of Alicia’s tweets about love or something like that. Again, it’s in the link I posted up.

      I’m not going to engage in a back and forth over people I barely know, but since you did imply in your post that people should be accurate when writing, I felt you should have added that part. It’s not like she went on a press junket either.

      • jaye says:

        She kind of did, though. She talked to a few of the “urban” blogs about the situation and she was on the first season of “Love and Hip Hop”, so…she was selling that story to whomever was giving her a platform. I’m not saying she was wrong for feeling betrayed by her husband…she was. But if he DID cheat on Mashonda w/Alicia and lets face it, only Swizz and Alicia know for sure, He was a serial cheater before then. She knew who she was married to…she was his jumpoff when he was with his oldest son’s mother. She never mentions THAT though.

    • Lisa says:

      I agree with EVERY single thing you’ve written!!! And that’s rare for me with a gossip blog, lol!! Touché!

  30. littlestar says:

    Weren’t we all tsk tsk’ing Kate Winslet the other day for having three kids with three different men? Swizz Beatz (which has to be one of the grossest names ever) has three kids with three different women! At the very least, Kate Winslet wasn’t cheating when her children were conceived. Swizz Beatz (gag) is just a plain old scum bag.

  31. Joy says:

    She’s always come across as smarmy and self important to me.

  32. Violet says:

    I seem to recall that Swizz got four different women pregnant while he was with Mashonda, with Alicia being baby mama #4. (Well, there could be more but these are the ones he acknowledges.) There was also drama about him being a deadbeat dad to at least one of the kids until the courts ordered him to step up.

    My take is that he married Alicia to bankroll his child payments, and that he’s still having unprotected sex with other women.

    All that aside, I have ZERO sympathy for Alicia. Ann Landers said it best: If you marry a man who cheats on his wife, you’ll be married to a man who cheats on his wife.

  33. Meg says:

    i think a big reason alicia has managed to keep this whole i cheated with him thing secretive is because she refused to discuss the relationship. this is what leann rimes should’ve done. but leann needs the press, her singing career won’t give her that whereas alicia seems to not want press outside of her singing career.

  34. choppersann 13 says:

    LOVE the dresses in this shoot

  35. lisa says:

    is swizz beatz the one who got her to start shaving her legs? or do they airbrush the hair out?

  36. nikko says:

    I used to really like Alicia Keys, a strong black woman, confident, concern about the issues in the world regarding women. I would of never thought she would sleep w/ someone’s husband. It would of been different if Swizzi was separated/divorce. I lost alot of respect for her. I don’t even think she looks as good as she use to.

  37. heidi says:

    Love her music, love her voice but the clothes and hair are plain ugly

  38. TOPgirl says:

    Of course she would sleep with someones husband. She’s was desperate, what else? Just because she makes “good” music does not mean she don’t want to marry into fame and glory. She was being scandalous and did what she could to secure herself. Still a homewrecker to me tho!

  39. Stacia says:

    Thanks CB for calling her out like this. I’m tired of her gushing over this guy and their storybook/fairytale relationship. Swizz Beatz…more like Dead Beat. Dude has like 5 kids with like 3 different women. For all the reasons that she did not want to work or be with him, she ignored the PRIMARY ONE…HE WAS MARRIED.

    Don’t sing that ‘Superwoman’ crap to young girls and women, when you can’t live up to it Alicia ‘HOMEWRECKER’ Keys.

    • jaye says:

      So because her relationship began under shady circumstances, any humanitarian efforts she makes are void? I mean, in the grand scheme of things, what does one have to do with the other? Angelina Jolie was thought to have had a hand in the break up of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston’s marriage, but she still gets kudos for her humanitarian work. No on questions her motivation or accuses her of trying to “gas our heads up”.

  40. Loulou says:

    Keys must have the same PR strategist as Halle Berry. Have a baby and wash your sins…

  41. Jennifer12 says:

    I wish I could like Alicia. She recently stood up to people attacking her for concerts in Israel, and spoke out about anti-Semitism. But she is trying to gas all our heads. She is married to a philandering sleaze who could have given her or his wife diseases and was part of breaking his wife’s heart. Why anyone would consider this POS a prize to be won is beyond me. She’s lost her mind.

  42. Juliette says:

    That is the main reason I will not listen to her music or ever go to her concerts. Talented & beautiful she may be but I can’t abide by anyone (man or woman) that interferes with someone’s marriage (or cheats).

    Whether or not he was cheating aleady is irrelevant. She knew he was married and had a new born baby & she should have steered clear of it.

    I have zero respect for women that do this kind of thing. I am a huge believer that women need to stick together and look out for one another as a gender.

    You support other woman and you don’t get involved with someone you know is already taken – simple stuff really. I will not support someone that has so little respect for someone else’s family.

    If they wanted to be together, he should have divorced his wife and then taken up with Alicia. Also, nice choice Alicia – a cheater and a dead beat dad.

  43. Bridget says:

    I can’t believe no one is mentioning Swizz’s money problems, which is most likely why he jumped on the Alicia train. Realistically, the whole wife and mother thing makes Alicia more appealing to her demographic, which is at this point not exactly young and urban, so she’ll put on this whole earth mother act until it’s bitter end. To sell her bland, boring music that my mom thinks is the coolest.

  44. Meanchick says:

    Open marriage? It’s only open if both agree. Apparently Mashonda did no such thing and soon the cheaters will meet their own type of karma. This is shameful, but too many times we give a pass on bad behavior in celebs and then mimic that behavior. If you are “involved” with a married man before/during/after he files for divorce,then you share the whole blame. There are no degrees of blame simply because he was “always a cheater.”

  45. rlh says:

    I think she looks mediocre in these pics; budget Rita Moreno (when Rita was young).

  46. Wicked says:

    What goes around, comes around! Like a friend of mine used to say “you can put an Easter bonnet on it, but it’s still a skunk”

  47. anet says:

    is this really our beez wax?

  48. Nina says:

    A perfect definition of ‘brainless, shameless, mindless trash”

  49. apsutter says:

    This whole thing has made it really hard to like Alicia. Which sucks because one of my favorite albums of all time is “Diary of Alicia Keys” and it always reminds me of when I met my bf. I’m just hoping she’ll come to her senses at some point and then write a really great album about it.

  50. Mrs. Ari Gold says:

    I think threw up in my mouth when she said ‘And I taught him to live more deeply.’
    She’s an idiot.

    • Sarah says:

      ‘He’s taught me how to live more fully and I’ve taught him how to live more deeply.’

      Yes, I too thought that was a very barf-worthy comment and I was looking to see who else thought so. What pretentious New Age-y crap! What does it mean, Alicia? Deeply and fully mean the same thing in this context. If you want to be a cheater, fine. If you want to be/have a beard, fine. But spare me this PR drivel!

  51. DeepFriedLies says:

    Her left side is obviously her best side. Otherwise, she looks like crap.

  52. Melissa says:

    How you get em is how you loose em, so enjoy being blindsighted when he has an affair on you, and you find out the same way ol wifeo did. Karmas a bitch, only if you are.

  53. Jules says:


    And my 2 yo is ALWAYS grouchy and grumpy.

    • Sarah says:

      I thought this was more PR crap too! Yes, dear, your cheater husband is the perfect love and your terrible two’s child never throws a tantrum! Any more BS you would like us to swallow, honey? I usually say this about men like her – “He’s such a perfect Ken (and Barbie) doll. All pretty. Why does he have to ruin it all by talking?’. If she keeps this up, I’m going to have to start hating her music (which I like so far but she really is testing me here).

  54. Dizzy says:

    this beatz guy is just laughing. He’s a man and this is what all men are like. Don’t blame the women …we’re all pawns in their little games.

  55. nottherealemmalitton says:

    Finally, somebody who’s had the same reaction to that Vogue article like i did!! She walks around like all holier than thou, and i can’t stand it. she needs to get over herself, and we’ll be watching on the sidelines when Swizz has 15 other kids with his groupies.

    and who is she to think she can teach him to live more deeply. barf indeed!!