Good news for those of you wondering whether or not Alicia Keys broke up Swizz Beatz and Mashonda’s marriage. Not surprisingly, the multi-Grammy Award winning artist denies years-old reports that she didn’t steal Swizz Beatz away from his wife. In another not-to-surprising move, Mashonda disagrees and points to the fact that she and her husband were not separated when he began an affair with Ms. Keys.
With both women having children with Swizz Beatz and therefore having to deal with one another, the real question is why the Humanitarian decided to address the issue now and risk straining the already fragile situation.
Keys told Jet magazine about the relationship, “…[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…”
Mashonda gave her reaction to Keys’ claim about the state of her marriage saying, “Not much surprises me anymore when it comes to this situation. I truly thought that everyone’s priority was the well being of the children involved. I don’t see the sense in throwing oil on a fire, it just takes us back to point A.”
Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys have been married for just two years, but Mashonda has always maintained that her former husband was cheating with Keys for quite some time during the demise of their five year marriage. Back in 2010, the former wife of Swizz Beatz penned an open letter to his now-current wife via Twitter over what she regarded as Key’s insensitive remarks about her relationship with megastar producer. She remarked, “If you are reading this Alicia, let me start by saying, you know what you did. You know the role you played and you know how you contributed to the ending of my marriage. You know that I asked you to step back and let me handle my family issues. Issues that you helped to create.”
Any woman who was involved with a man before his divorce was final and has caused obvious pain to his ex-wife might not want to publicly comment on their relationship; even if it is just to refute stories of how it began. Alicia Keys has taken a beating in the image department over this affair and since the drama surrounding her relationship with her husband has died down, it’s confusing why she would address the situation again. If mum was the word before, why wouldn’t she let her silence remain golden by refusing to address the claims against her? Whatever the case, both women have young children who will remain a part of their father’s life and as such, they will have to deal with each other for a long time to come. Leaving this issue alone and moving forward is the best way for all of them to co-parent effectively.
Is Alicia wrong for addressing the situation? Should Mashonda just stop talking about it altogether? And should Swizz Beatz just speak out on it and end the speculation?