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Alicia Keys Says She’s Not a Homewrecker

Last year, Alicia Keys was in the midst of public scandal, being called the homewrecker in a love triangle between her and the soon-to-be divorced Swizz Beatz and Mashonda Tifrere. Now that the scandal has cooled down, the Grammy-winning singer is opening up about her relationship with her new husband, and saying that she didn’t break up his family.

In the cover feature of the June issue of Essence, Keys explains that she and Swizz Beatz, born Kasseem Dean, didn’t become romantically involved until after the demise of his relationship Tifrere.

“Everything was in order. We didn’t start seeing each other until months after they had separated,” said Keys.

And although Tifrere repeatedly slammed Keys on the Internet, damaging her public image, Keys explains that she refused to retaliate or address her critics for fear of making the situation worse.

“I was aware of all the false things that were being said about me and it definitely hurt,” said Keys. “But 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. Of course, people will believe what they want to believe. But I know the truth will shine through.”

However, things seem to now be better between the Keys and Tifrere, who, this past March, wrote an open letter to show appreciation for her “beautiful blended family” and acknowledged Keys as a “partner” in raising her and Dean’s son, Kasseem Jr.

“Things are really good now,” said Keys, who gave birth to her and Dean’s child, Egypt Daoud Ibarr Dean in October 2010. “Kasseem is very present in his children’s lives. I wouldn’t be able to love him otherwise. We’re doing what’s best for the children. That’s always been the most important thing.

Do you think Keys broke up Dean and Tifrere’s family? What do you think of their reconciliation? –nicholas robinson


  1. JAYNE DOH! on May 18, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    swizz cheated on mashonda before they got married and had a son she married him anyways.

    while they where married swizz cheated on her constantly and had a daughter out of wed lock and mashonda stayed with him.

    so if mashonda didnt care about her marriage then why should anyone else care about it.

    she also didnt care that swizz was having unprotected sex with the women he cheated on her with. 

    mashonda is no victim.

    • Caydence James on September 16, 2011 at 5:01 pm

      How do you conclude that because SWIZZ cheated on his first girl, then on Mashonda and…well, pretty much everybody that it meant that MASHONDA didn’t care about her relationship?
      Girl, grow up. Seriously. This is the reason why men get away with all that they do. They do this because they can always depend on women like you to watch a man do wrong and then somehow blame the woman when all she did was love him.

      If anyone didn’t care about their marriage (or any of their relationships) it would be Swizz; not Mashonda. He’s the one that is over there cheating on just about everyone and spreading babies around like dandelions! Look at the man’s track record. He actually had a child or children with another chick that he cheated on before Mashonda, (which Mashonda found out about AFTER the fact), then cheated on Mashonda and even during the course of that marriage he fathered a child with some woman in Europe. Now he’s moved on to Alicia and once again he’s fathered yet another child (which just to keep track it means that he now has impregnated 4 women). It seems to me that the only person thatdidn’t care during this time was the common denominator and that was SWIZZ. 

      So yes, while it may have been fool hearty for Mashonda to take a chance on marrying a man that cheated on her, we don’t know what he may have done or said to Mashonda to make her feel that he may do right or if there was other circumstances like maybe she felt that she held responsibility in his behavior in the past or that they weren’t officially together. You also don’t really know whether she didn’t care that he was having sex with someone else unprotected because she never said that either. But what we do know is that when they got married, promises were made (marriage vows and all) and promises were broken and they were broken by Swizz….and THAT’S what makes Mashonda a victim.

      Enough said.

  2. Vandellish on May 19, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    @dfdbc49be3ff6bc61d198e59d89da282:disqus  Jane Doh! Yeah I’ve heard things like that about Swizz. This whole thing is one of those things where you don’t really know what’s going on unless you were really on the inside so I never really bought into everything that was being said about Keys. At the same time it did cause me to look at her in a slanted way.
    Now that Mashonda has given her side, is looking great and is now somewhat embracing Keys’ role in their son’s life speaks volumes about what letting go can do for the soul. I applaud both of these ladies for their strength and dignity throughout this situation….and with that let’s ALL let this go.

  3. Chocoluscious on May 19, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    The truth is Alicia Keys started dating a man who was still legally married to Mashonda.  Anyone who engages in a loving relationship with a married man is a homewrecker.  It is also true that Swizz Beatz was separated and had been cheating on his wife before Alicia came along.  She can still be considered a homewrecker although she did not initiate the breakup.  In order to NOT be classified as a homewrecker, she should have waited for him to sign his divorce papers.  She’s just a homewrecker on a lower level than the women who slept with him before the separation.  Sorry, Alicia, the shoe still fits.  It IS what it IS.  Homewreckers date married men.  NON-homewreckers date single or DIVORCED men.  Separated men are still MARRIED.

    • Caydence James on September 16, 2011 at 5:02 pm

      @Chocoluscious – Well said!!!!

  4. YousuckSwiss on May 19, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Anyone who engages in a loving relationship with a married man is a home wrecker! Keys should’ve asked for papers NOT separation BUT divorce papers to see first that he took care of business and protected the dignity of both women by ending the relationship (finally) legally . There are laws in some states that will support the wife in suing the “mistress” for basically taking away a husbands affections, ask Fantasia.