Since news broke of her eyebrow-raising relationship with SwizzÂ Beatz in 2009, Alicia KeysÂ has been fighting off the media and “homewrecker” label at every turn. But the Girl On Fire is, once again, setting the record straight on how and when the couple made things official.
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In an upcoming issue of JET magazine, the 31-year-old songstress discusses her new music and the inevitable questions surrounding her union with the producer/rapper. Before Keys, SwizzÂ Beatz was the husband of R&B singer Mashonda, but announced their divorce after just four years.
“…[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 tells JET.
The couple wed in July 2010 and welcomed their son Egypt in October of that year.
“I’d never met a person where I could be fully myself…Swizz and I live in each other’s shadow. So we occupy the same space and there is nothing but equality,” she said. “There’s something really powerful about that.”
In addition to releasing her fifth studio album later this month (Nov. 27), Keys will lend her star power to the Hurricane Sandy “12.12.12” benefit concert to provide money and materials to tri-state organizations helping those affected by the disaster.
She will be joined by Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, The Who, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters and Jon Bon Jovi.
The new issue of JET will hit newsstands Nov. 19.