Multi-Grammy winner Alicia Keys has been very closed-lipped regarding her personal life and relationship with husband Swizz Beatz, real name Kasseem Dean, but in the new issue of Essence magazine, the R&B diva finally opened up about why she is not a home wrecker.
“We didn’t start seeing each other until months after they had separated,” Keys tells Essence. “I was aware of all the false things that were being said about me it definitely hurt.”
Keys and Dean tied the knot last July (2010), only months after Dean finalized his divorce from R&B singer Mashonda, whom he has a son with.
Mashonda, who is now in a good place with Keys and her son’s father, exploded at first, writing a letter insisting that Keys was “destroying her family.”
Avoiding any media attention, Keys never replied back to Mashonda, stating “I was sure that if I engaged it would become back-and-forth like some sick entertainment, which goes against everything I believe and would have made things worse.”
Now with the smoke cleared, Keys and Mashonda are cordial and Mashonda has accepted Alicia as a “partner” in caring for her son.
“Things are really good now,” said Alicia, who adds “Kasseem is very present in his children’s lives. I wouldn’t be able to love him otherwise.”