Alicia Keys Talks Finding Her “Soulmate” In Swizz Beatz, Her Son, And Playing Lena Horne In A Biopic

September 28, 2012  |  


With a new album on the way in November, a partnership with Reebok and a new snazzy haircut, Alicia Keys is back and in full effect. As she zips around the world campaigning for President Obama, showcasing the Reebok shoe line she helped to design, performing and taking baby Egypt Dean around with her, she found just enough time to sit down and chat with the good folks at Ebony in New York. She talked about politics, being a mother, and the love of her life, Swizz Beatz. Here are a few highlights:

When talking about finding an extra kick in her step and just being happy, Keys had to give props to her husband for helping her walk taller, a man she calls her soul mate:

“Finding my soul-mate, finding the love of my life has been a freeing experience because of the way we identify [with] each other and understand each other. It’s so rare that you feel like you can be your whole self [with someone]. I can be my whole self, he can be his whole self. I don’t have to be half of myself, he doesn’t have to be half of himself. We can just be ourselves and so that alone [is a different feeling].  He’s actually taught me so much… He has that kind of a carefree easy-going spirit that has definitely taught me to be a little bit a little more [easy-going], which is great.

Props also go to her son, Egypt. She says that watching him grow and learn has made her see things in a new light and be more appreciative of the small stuff:

“And then having a baby, it’s like ‘Oh my gosh!’ It makes every — the smallest thing amazing.  Like the first time he’s discovering how to say the word ‘light.’ Like ‘light’ is the most exciting thing. (She imitates Egypt) And it’s kind of true! The light is amazing. Like, ‘Look! You turn it off and then you turn it on and it’s beautiful!’ But for (adults) things become so routine, so mundane and for him he’s discovering things for the first time so it makes me see things in a new place. So, I think all of those things together has brought me to a place that’s like just a fresh, new start. And I really like this new start.”

On top of that, Keys also touched on the longstanding rumors that she would play Lena Horne in a biopic. As biopics are all the rage to talk about in Hollywood but not come to fruition, you can’t get too excited about the idea because it might not happen. However, Alicia says to do so would be a huge honor:

“To be Lena Horne would be a great honor for me — like huge — so I really do hope that pans out.” But, she admits, “Movies are tricky. They’re tough and they take a long time to sort out and put together.”

Be sure to click over to to see the rest of the interview, where Alicia Keys discusses her thoughts on President Obama and why he’s the candidate best for womens’ interests.

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  • FromUR2UB

    Sorry, I’m just not convinced that life with Swizz Beatz is blissful because 1) bliss is so elusive, and 2) I don’t think that man is capable of being all that. It sounds like she’s trying to convince someone…maybe herself.

  • Ay

    Egypt always looks so serious lol

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  • Problack

    Alicia needs to take a seat and stop bragging about how her ” homewrekin thighs” found a soulmate in a married man (regardless of where he and mashonda were in the process). She needs to realize that his “easy going spirit” is what caused him to walk away from his marriage and hope that he dosent pull the same stunt on her!

  • JaneDoe

    A.Keys just got married yesterday to a questionable fella. Holla at me in about 8-10 yrs and then we’ll see if you have the soul mate part right. I think it takes a lot for for people to know if they are truely soul mates. I mean, test, trials, distance, etc and the heart still remains fond of each other. But who am I to say Swiss isn’t hers

  • Ann

    Ummm……………..Alicia, remember Swizz Beats was married. How can a married man at the time become your soulmate? Somebody please school me on this one.

  • Trisha_B

    People need to move the h*ll on. Mashonda moved on, But you, the public who wasn’t involved, are still emotionally invested. Get a life of your own. The house Swizz & mashonda had was already broke, burning to the ground before Alicia came along (his daughter is a few months younger than his son w/ mashonda). We don’t know what lies Swizz could have been telling Alicia. But the woman seems like she’s in love. & Swizz seems like he’s really in love Alicia. It might not have been under the ideal situations, & i wouldn’t put my self in that situation. But that’s Alicia’s life, not yours or mines. None of this matters b/c she’s still an amazing song writer & does amazing charity work <<<< those are things that matter. If yall can be in here saying Lauryn's ho-ish ways don't matter b/c her music is great then the same rules should apply to Alicia. but i guess people pick & choose who should get the backlash

    Egypt is so cute!

    • yvette

      Backlash? Emotionally attached? Puuleeese! There is not one entry on this blog stating any type of hate or backlash against Alicia Keys. Her life is her life…period! Folks are merely giving there opinion of what she said regarding herself and her husband in the posted article along with a few funny and interesting tidbits from our own life experiences. Please calm down and go find negativity somewhere else because it ain’t here.

      • maggie

        I agree . . . and he did have a baby with a Russian girl too, with overlapping timetables.

        • Trisha_B

          That’s my point. how is it Alicia gets the home wrecker title when Swizz stepped out on Mashonda while she was pregnant to get the Russian woman in London pregnant. Doesn’t that mean the home was already wrecked before Alicia?

          • baddvixentype

            yes it does. Dont trip @Trisha_B some ppl like to dwell on only the negative…Someone cant just be happy with their life regardless of how it came to be, someone has to point the finger and get the label as the badd guy. Smh its quite sad.


    Don’t talk to quick hun. You just got married the other day. Also, you can only get what you deserve on the KARMA restaurant menu

    • Kelendra

      You sound hurt. Did another woman take your man? My dad told me nothing can make a man leave a woman if he truly loves her. You sound like the type of woman that would have a baby for a man to keep him around but then you soon find out that is not how it works.

      • Merriegirl

        Your dad lied to you.

        • Yvette

          Wow I was thinking the same thing!

        • Ay

          How did he lie? What can make a man leave the woman he truly loves? His Career? lol Swizz aint Usher………….

      • TRUTH IS

        Because I said she cannot talk too quick….Do you know how long it takes to find or know you have a soul mate?!? Yrs, a lifetime. Many women are married and put up with a lot of shidd from their men who they think loves them btw. I love A.Keys because of her raw talent. We all know about the “homewrecker” talk hovering over her. I hope she didn’t but if she did Karma will get her. Sorry to disappoint.

        • Yvette

          Agreed! I have been married for 23 years and with all the ups and downs, twists and turns that have happened in my relationship I’m still not sure my husband is my soulmate. Let me be crystal clear, I love him to death but I now understand what Tina Turner was singing about in the song “What’s love got to do with it”? I like Alicia Keys’ music very much and she seems like a down to earth real person. However, if what has been plastered all over the internet about how she and Swizzy got together is true, she needs to remember that the way he came into her life WILL be the way he leaves. Karma is a mother******.

          • Jenn


      • gracie

        your dad might be one of those………