Years after she exchanged vows, Alicia Keys is still deflecting gossip that she’s the reason producer/husband Swizz Beatz split from his first wife.
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,” the singer told JET magazine.
When they met, Swizz was married to singer and reality star Mashonda; however, that union ended and approximately a year later, Alicia and Swizz confirmed that they were romantically involved.
Though people have continually pointed the finger of blame at Alicia for allegedly breaking up his four-year marriage to Mashonda, she’s maintained that the couple was through before they fell in love.
According to Alicia, Swizz is her soul mate.
“I’d never met a person where I could be fully myself,” she said. “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.”
See photos of Alicia below.
—Tracy L. Scott