Girl On Fire Alicia Keys covers the latest issue of JET Magazine, on stands November 19th. She took some time to address the situation between her, super producer Swizz Beatz and his now ex wife, singer Mashonda. Home-wrecking rumors swirled back in 2010 when we all discovered Alicia and Swizz had been dating. It was unclear how long he and his ex had been apart before the two embarked on a relationship and Mashonda’s responded to the news publicly as a woman scorned, even writing an open letter to the singer, insinuating that Alicia was Swizz’s former mistress. Alicia, as far as we know, never responded to her.
“[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,” she says. “I’d never met a person where I could be fully myself…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.”
Alicia will be performing at Madison Square Garden on December 12th for the Sandy Relief Concert. Her new album, Girl On Fire, drops November 27th.