One particular of music’s cutest and most talented pairs, Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz, have not usually been the loved-up, carefree couple they seem as now. In truth, if we rewind to their early days, it entails a bit of scandal and not almost as considerably adore.
The piano-playing Grammy winner basically met Swizz Beatz — whose offered name is Kasseem Dean — when they had been each teenagers, she told Marie Claire UK in 2013. It wasn’t adore at initial sight, even though. “All the things with him is truly more than the leading. I employed to see him and assume, ‘He is so annoying,'” she told the magazine.
And whilst her group attempted to get her to operate with the producer and DJ professionally, she resisted due to the fact she just did not truly like him. As soon as she gave in, even though, it went improved than she anticipated, and she told Marie Claire UK that they “had a ball” with each other.
It took a couple of additional years just before the two became romantically involved, possibly about 2008, but at the time Swizz was married to R&B singer Mashonda Tifrere, with whom he shares a kid, Kasseem Dean, Jr. The particulars of his marriage and separation are fuzzy — Mashonda wrote an open letter to Alicia on Twitter in 2009 claiming her marriage wasn’t as more than as other folks may well have believed.
She wrote on Twitter: “I Produced IT Really CLEAR THAT ON THE CONTRARY OF WHAT SHE May well BE HEARING, I AM Nevertheless MARRIED TO MY HUSBAND, LIVING WITH HIM AND JUST HAD A Kid. ITS BEEN TWO YEARS AND I Nevertheless HAVE NOT RECEIVED A RESPONSE.” But Alicia told Jet in 2012, “There is no need to have to fight what is not accurate” due to the fact Mashonda and Swizz had currently split.
It is tough to say what truly went down in the early days of Alicia and Swizz’s adore story, but Alicia did throw Swizz a birthday celebration in 2008 at New York’s Guggenheim Museum that he referenced in Drake’s 2009 song “Very best I Ever Had”: “She gave me a celebration at the Guggenheim . . . What is subsequent? The ring? The infant? She truly loves me.”
And apparently the answer to that was all of the above.
The pair got married in 2010 in Corsica, France, whilst Alicia was pregnant with their initial kid. Deepak Chopra officiated the little ceremony and renowned mates, like Queen Latifah and Bono, came out to assistance the couple. Alicia gave birth to their infant boy, Egypt, just 3 months later.
The couple had a second infant boy, Genesis, in 2014, and the complete household is sweet as can be. Swizz has also apparently smoothed points more than with ex Mashonda, at least to an extent, due to the fact their son Kasseem appears appropriate at house with stepmom Alicia. Alicia even dropped the song “Blended Loved ones” in 2016 about all of them operating with each other as a single giant household.
“I am so excited for you to hear this song. It indicates so considerably to me and our complete household. The understanding, compassion and assistance we’ve located is a potent testament to the healing that comes when we pick out adore. In particular for the kids… the most significant component of our lives. Celebrating @mashondatifrere for our commitment to every other with assistance and accurate development,” she wrote on her Instagram announcement.
These days, Alicia and Swizz are content material to assistance every other in their operate and appear extremely in adore whilst carrying out so.