To date, there are still a select few that refer to Alicia Keys as a home-wrecker, who indirectly broke-up the marriage between Swizz Beatz and his wife, Mashonda. There have been a number of variations to what occurred in their love triangle. Some suggest that Alicia was oblivious to the fact that Swizz and Mashonda were NOT separated. Others say that Swizz misled Alicia into believing that he and Mashonda were officially over. And while this marriage (Mashond and Swizz’s) dissolved years ago, last week, old wounds were opened via an interview that Alicia did with JET magazine. In her interview, Alicia addressed rumors that she had an affair and ‘stole’ (my words, not theirs) Swizzy from Mashonda. She explained:
“…[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…”
Fast forward to the present day, in an interview with Global Grind, Mashonda has responded to Alicia’s comments to JET. Peep a few excerpts below:
What was your initial reaction when you caught wind of Alicia’s JET Magazine interview?
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. The Jet interview just added insult to injury. I can’t figure out how this makes us better. How is it a positive, humanitarian gesture? But artists must protect their reputation and I get that.
In the interview Alicia Keys says “…[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…” Did you feel like this was a indirect stab at your open letter?
There have been many stabs and shots taken, thankfully they don’t bother me the way they used to. I’ve never lied about one thing involving the demise of my marriage. No, we were not “apart” or separated, and that’s just a fact that can be proven in many ways. Blessings have a way of disguising themselves. This situation has helped me to understand life and what really matters.
What about the rumors of you starring on reality TV? Is this something you would ever consider?
Reality TV will only work for me if I can choose the cast and the situations I’m apart of. As of now, there are no TV shows of my life being filmed. My life is already a motion picture event.
Click here for the full interview. Do you think it was necessary for Mashonda to respond to Alicia’s interview? Were you surprised of Alicia’s comments?