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Alicia Keys Addresses The Haters In JET--Details WHEN She & Swizz Got Together

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Alicia Keys has something to say to her critics....and she does so in the newest issue of JET magazine.  Check out what she had to say about her and her husband Swizz Beatz's relationship inside...

In a very candid cover story interview with Alicia Keys, she talks about everything including the pre-marriage drama leading up to her highly publicized union with mega hit-maker husband Swizz Beatz.  And she's sticking to her story saying her critics are just trying to knock her down.

"…[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…"

"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."

Well isn't that special.  Alicia will be taking the stage for the 12-12-12 Sandy Relief concert at Madison Square Garden December 12th.  And her Girl On Fire album drops November 27th.

The new issue of JET featuring Keys is on newsstands Mon., Nov. 19.
 

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hooklookping's picture

she looks amazing. she is

she looks amazing. she is crazy talented. unfortunately i honestly lost a lot of respect for her as a role model when that whole scandal came about. but oh well... such is life.
leesh's picture

Pros about Alicia:

Pros about Alicia: Philanthropist, Great Piano Player, Strong Woman, Seems to be a cool Mother, Beautiful (not simply because she is mixed...Not Color-struck at all and despise people who are), Promotes positivity! Cons: Absolutely not Talented at all Vocally, Horrible song writer when it comes to Melody, Low voice when she talks and can remind you of a Man, Tacky Woman who stole a Married Man away from another Woman...No matter what (Swiss Beats was Married and yeah he may have been unhappy....but Alicia should have looked at (Jada Pinkett Smith who waited for Will to get his Divorce before she even talked about anything romantic with Will...and also Bekilta A.K.A Kita on the T.O. show who told that guy...to basically kick rocks when she found out that he was married and he had to come correct to even get in her face...and when he got divorced, then the relationship began) Alicia didn't do that and if people are going to constantly talk bad about Fantasia and even Angelina Jolie...then Alicia is not exempt!....Personally though, I'm more offended by her damn voice and horrible sounds...I really could care less what she does personally because i do not know her.
BEAUTYONLINE's picture

Smh she's talking ab

Smh she's talking ab financial equality and thats messed up! She's a biatch & they need to stop acting like Mashonda went checking for him when in reality HE was checking for her...as most men do...go chasing after pussy. So therefore AkezzzzzzzZzzz needs to have a seat w/ the stupid comments.
eeeee's picture

Well said Mrs Beatz, most of

Well said Mrs Beatz, most of these hypocrites screaming home wrecker really just mad no man is willing to wreck anything for them.
Realist's picture

Homewrecker....PERIOD...Separ

Homewrecker....PERIOD...Separated is not DIVORCED!!! She is a hypocrite and there is no way I would buy her album or listen to her music because i would feel like it is fraudulent being that she is so for women empowerment. I would never take up for "The Other Women".
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tom101's picture

She looks young; very pretty.

She looks young; very pretty.
I_love_laughing's picture

* Getting A Stick* Finna Beat

* Getting A Stick* Finna Beat A Dead Horse. Y Are You Still Addressing This Issue? Ms. Keyes I Don't Care What Length Of Time Swizzy And His Wife Had Been Apart. Bottomline He Was Still Married Legally. You Should Have At Least Waited Until The Ink Dried On The Divorce Papers. Then Maybe You Would Not Be Labeled A Homewrecker. Go To Madison Square Garden And Have Several Seats.
Keyths'Girl's picture

She better hope her fans buy

She better hope her fans buy into all this crap when her album drops. This is the first album out since she actually married S Beats...so only Billboard will have the final verdict...the songs so far don't sound like anything special..{sips coffee}
BEEMA's picture

This is such a wake-up call

This is such a wake-up call and reminder that a marriage is a covenant between 3 – man woman and God. Let these husbands and wives completely finish a marriage before getting involved. What would have been the harm in waiting for the divorce papers before dating him??? Then she would never feel the need to “explain” herself because it would have been done in order.
BlueCali's picture

Oh please with that bs.

Oh please with that bs. Marriage isn't a covenant between man woman and God. You do not need a freaking certificate of marriage to have God in your relationship. Marriage is a document which allows a couple rights under a government. And given the way our court processes things in this time and age, who knows how long it will take for a divorce to go through, especially if there is one party who refuses to let go. Get effing real. Was it wrong for AK to date Swizz Beatz? Yes, probably.. but not because he was still married at the time; it's because he was still dealing with a very new break-up (if he was even broken up) and hadn't even moved out of the house he shared with his wife, allegedly. There should have been a legal separation and evidence of said separation such as separate living conditions, etc. You people keep trying to make matters black & white. Well guess what? LIFE ISNT BLACK AND WHITE. It's full of gray and not everything, especially matters of the heart, are going to follow some stringent moral line. A moral line that you probably don't even walk your damn self. And anyway, MARRIAGE is an institution -- has nothing to do with love. Why do you think divorce rates are high as hell in the US?
imjussaying's picture

well said.

well said.
litebrite's picture

Amen.

Amen.
I_love_laughing's picture

Co-sign and Agreed!

Co-sign and Agreed!
Didshesaythat's picture

If A Keys' public persona was

If A Keys' public persona was that of Rihanna, Angelina Jolie or Kim Kardashian her relationship with Swizz Beats would be no big deal. However, her brand promoted a wholesome woman, sisterhood and familyhood (i.e. A Woman's Worth, Superwoman, Unbreakable) yet her personal life did not reflect it. A lot of her fanbase were women. I think her actions shocked alot of people who bought into her brand. Turned a lot of folks sour. Especially women who could relate to being cheated on by a spouse or boyfriend. A.Keyes basically needs to re-brand herself and stop talking about that part of her life. Why piss Marshonda off & remind folks of the whole sorry saga. Good luck with that.

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Don't forget about Lauryn Hill and her CLASSIC album The Miseducation of Lauryn had sistas "GOING NATURAL", rockin BRAIDS & SEASHELLS, & EMPOWERING THEMSELVES, just to find out SHE was the OTHER WOMAN & wasn't PRACTICIN' what she PREACHIN'! LIESSSS!
tori's picture

Don't know what album you

Don't know what album you listened to, but that album covered a wide range of topics including the cheating (When it Hurts So Bad, Why's it Feel So Good) and then some. She never presented herself as perfect and the lyrical content in that masterpiece of an album supported that.. not to mention her Unplugged. Maybe if AK was a more rounded artist she could encompass all aspects of love and life as Lauryn did.
imjussaying's picture

Get a life...everytime I sign

Get a life...everytime I sign on I'm seeing your name with a bunch of obsessive comments...Have you gone outside today? I know your computer is steaming hot cause you always in front of it on this site!
BEEMA's picture

Sweetheart, no1 sits in front

Sweetheart, no1 sits in front of a computer screen ALL DAY EVERYDAY, except for PSYCHO STALKERS! As a mtatter of fact YOU wake up & comment on EVERY story at 8am & 9am when the rest of US are WORKING, and YOU STILL are posting ish at 5pm, you're the one with NO LIFE!! I have an Iphone & Ipad from which I can post MY comments which takes all of 2 seconds...YOU may want to invest in one of them to free up that LANDLINE, cause DIAL UP is a b!tch ain't it?
tori's picture

TRUE...to find that out is

TRUE...to find that out is disappointing but most of the drama happened behind the scenes. Plus she tarnished her own brand with all the cray cray foolishness she was going through over the years. It actually helped her in the sense that she was no longer on a pedestal...she became "human" flaws & all. So, while it is disappointing to know all that stuff about Lauren her star had already "dimmed" so to speak. No one was really surprised to know that she did "human" stuff meaning she was flawed.

Who knew that PAMPHLET, I

Who knew that PAMPHLET, I meant JET Magazine was still around! I agree with Alicia OFF Keys that "There's NO need to fight what's NOT true…" but I still feel like she was a HOMEWRECKER & Swizzy will do the SAME THING he did to MASHONDA to her! You LOSE EM' HOW U CATCH EM'!
tori's picture

very true and well said. she

very true and well said. she will be Moshanda in 5 years.
lola69's picture

Alicia Keyless Entry can go

Alicia Keyless Entry can go somewhere. Girl ain't nobody hating on you. Didn't she say in another interview that they were seperated for two months before they got together (didn't believe that anyway)and now she's saying it was a while before they got together. Which one is it? No matter what, separated is not divorced. I don't understand her interest in a guy that has 3 other baby mama's, and one of those he had a child with outside of his marriage. Whatever .......
Ms.Thangfromthe5thflr's picture

Alicia I hope you and Swizz

Alicia I hope you and Swizz have a long happy marriage...no one has the right to judge...everyone has some type of drama going on in their life but, always want to be up in somebody else business.
Lola's picture

Some things are better left

Some things are better left unaddressed. I wouldn't have even commented on this because now there may be some hell between these two mothers again. I'm always amazed how "moral" we get about things. I agree that sleeping with a married man is absolutely wrong. I also know that sleeping with anyone outside of married is wrong as well.... but we live in a society that likes to pick and choose their degrees of morality & immorality. I like Alicia Keyes, and do not believe that she wrecked this home. How can you wreck what's already torned down? However, I also believe that some HELL comes with the turf... this turf being one of them...
VIRTUOUS1's picture

I could care less about

I could care less about Alicia's private life, it is her business. I like her music always have and, I am anticipating her new CD. very nice pic of Alicia she is beautiful and articulate.
sweetpea1989's picture

her hair here looks exactly

her hair here looks exactly like she had it when she was on the Cosby Show.
shuga's picture

dumb ass that is Lias Bonet

dumb ass that is Lias Bonet
lola69's picture

"Lias" Bonet never had the

"Lias" Bonet never had the role of a child on the cosby show. the scene with alicia bouncing on Bill's leg was hilarious and thats why I remember it and know for a fact that it was her.
shuga's picture

LOL

LOL
I_love_laughing's picture

LMAOOOOO!!! Alicia had a

LMAOOOOO!!! Alicia had a small appearance on the Cosby Show when she was a little girl as one of Rudy's friends at her party. Her hair was curly and she looked like a little boy.
Ms.Thangfromthe5thflr's picture

I'm trying so hard to care,

I'm trying so hard to care, but I just don't.

I agree there is no need to

I agree there is no need to fight what's not true, you can look at that any which way you want. Not true that he was single and free to move on to another relationship, not true that his divorce was final, not true that Mashonda was lying about her being a homewrecker and Alicia was disrespectful towards Mashonda and her marriage to Swizz Beatz., as well as her family which includes a son. Alicia realized that it was not true for her to appease her fans with lies and therefore choose the path of least resistance, which is to remain silent and speak lightly about the entire matter. Such a cop out!!! And as far as her being a "girl on fire", I agree, she wears that title well, because a there is a difference between a girl and a woman. Alicia, I have one question for you, Why do you still classify yourself as a girl? Answer, girl you have yet to grow and become a woman, its take more than having a husband a baby to be a woman, its start with be truthful to yourself and others, admit your faults and grow up. Not a fan!!!

Alicia, it's time to stop

Alicia, it's time to stop answering questions about this. I can't believe how many folks take this so personally, as if it was them. I'm not condoning cheating, but you have 3 versions of when they got together. Alicia and Swizz are together now, end of story. The same goes for Gabby and DWade. I like the curly look she is sporting for this cover.
Capital Cutie's picture

I agree there is no need to

I agree there is no need to fight what's not true, you can look at that any which way you want. Not true that he was single and free to move on to another relationship, not true that his divorce was final, not true that Mashonda was lying about her being a homewrecker and Alicia was disrespectful towards Mashonda and her marriage to Swizz Beatz., as well as her family which includes a son. Alicia realized that it was not true for her to appease her fans with lies and therefore choose the path of least resistance, which is to remain silent and speak lightly about the entire matter. Such a cop out!!! And as far as her being a "girl on fire", I agree, she wears that title well, because a there is a difference between a girl and a woman. Alicia, I have one question for you, Why do you still classify yourself as a girl? Answer, girl you have yet to grow and become a woman, its take more than having a husband a baby to be a woman, its start with be truthful to yourself and others, admit your faults and grow up. Not a fan!!!

Haters... Really?? I believe

Haters... Really?? I believe Alicia Keys was the home wrecker in Swiss and Mashonda's marriage whether she realized it at the time or not. In all fairness she probably just got caught up in the moment (not at all justifying her actions). However, people will think what they want whether it's true or not! So the best thing to do is just ignore the naysayers, keep silent, and keep it moving. Discussing the matter irregularly will only make people more suspicious.
Crazy Sexy Cool's picture

"Swizz and I live in each

"Swizz and I live in each other's shadow" I love Alicia's music but this kind of relationship it's weird, dependency on other people "shadow" isn't healthy. Occupy the same space?How about individuality as a couple? This can not last long when you live on each others shadow.

So true....

So true....
Blessed020509's picture

Well after watching VH-1's

Well after watching VH-1's StoryTeller's w/ her made me kinda sorta get back to the reason I liked her early on in her career. The concert was refreshing and reminded me how smart and beautiful and talented she is. Just listening to her tell how each song came to be, was amazing to me. Even though I may never agree w/ who she married and how it came to be . Alicia is a RARE DIAMOND her and Whitney were soo articulate and knew how to speak to an audience and really knew how to connect w/ her audiences. I still give Swizz Beatz the side eye and hope he did not marry her because of his money woes. I won't judge her anymore about this, but in the end if she stole him she will lose him, and their relationship will fail. That will be her punishment. Only Gods knows and time will tell. I just don't trust him and if she thinks he won't cheat on her because she is Alicia Keys then she is sadly misstaken! I wish her well!
Shay's picture

I dont understand why a

I dont understand why a persons personal life has anything to do with their music. So what the hell if she was cheating with that womans husband. Either you like her talent or you dont. Move the F*CK on.....
BooLuv's picture

Because music is supposed to

Because music is supposed to be like a diary, especially soul music. It's how artists interpret their feelings. Stevie Wonder made My Cherie Amour for his daughter when she was born. He made 'Livin in the City' out of his experience from growing up impoverished. So if you are a true artist, like Alicia Keys has depicted herself, then the music you make is the sum of your experiences and your emotions. And people take issue when the music one makes does not align with the image that they have created of themselves. But AK has never really been a true artist imho, so personally idc either way. Amy Winehouse -- however -- much more talented.
imjussaying's picture

Doesn't erase the Fact he was

Doesn't erase the Fact he was still married. Keep your legs closed to married men. They always try to justify their dirt like Gabby Union that they were meant to be . He is my Soul mate. No hoe, you just a homewrecker.
lola69's picture

LOL!

LOL!
Like Really's picture

Alicia is beautiful and

Alicia is beautiful and talented.
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