‘We Were Not Apart Or Separated’: Mashonda Addresses Alicia Key’s JET Interview
Last week, we reported on an interview done by Jet Magazine in which Alicia Keys addressed allegations made against her that implied she was romantically involved with her now husband, Swizz Beatz, while he was still married to ex-wife Mashonda and that she was indeed a key factor in the demise of his marriage. In the interview, Alicia claimed the allegations were not true and even took a slight stab at Mashonda insinuating that she was simply looking to “knock” her down, saying:
[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…
Many waited to see if Mashonda would respond to Alicia’s claims considering the fact that she was very adamant about telling her side of the story when news of the alleged affair and the divorce first broke. It appears that their waiting has not been in vain as Mashonda recently discussed the statements made by Alicia in an interview with Global Grind. Here is some of what she had to say:
Her first reaction to Alicia’s 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.
Whether she and Swizz were together when he hooked up with Alicia
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.
How she’s been affected by Swizz’s infidelity
There is a level of humiliation and criticism that the average person wouldn’t be able to conceive, it really altered my life, but gave me a super thick skin. It’s been a rollercoaster ride. I’ve lost weight, gained weight, lost some hair and almost lost hope and mental focus. For months I saw a therapist because I needed someone to assist me in putting the pieces back together. There was a lot of stress and pain, it’s been challenging. I’ve found ways to cope and not get consumed in a dark space. You have to take care of yourself and move forward. In my case, I have a child and live for him. I have a purpose and I won’t give up on it.
We all thought this entire situation was over, but it seems that Alicia’s interview may have re-opened some old wounds. Now, I’m no Olivia Pope, but something in my gut tells me Mashonda is the truthful party in this whole fiasco; however, the only person who should rightfully have to bear the title of “homewrecker” is Swizz and he seems to be the one saying the least.
Do you think Mashonda should have responded to Alicia?
Jazmine Denise is a writer living in New York. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise