‘We Were Not Apart Or Separated’: Mashonda Addresses Alicia Key’s JET Interview

November 21, 2012  |  

Source: WENN

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

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  • shame on you

    what a lady Mashondal is by taking the high road ms, Keys should have done the same…then maybe she would get her ”SWAGG” back …and your man is a coward…

  • bullheadedtaurus

    Let’s just be real. If Alicia was not as successful as she is, this would not be news. Mashonda has said repeatedly that they were still married, not separated so why say it again? WE GET IT! Bottom line, the Crow from the Wiz (Swizz) should be answering all these questions and shutting this mess down. Ugh…they both should be slapped for getting with him. He is no prize to be fought over.

  • Vee Mack

    I do not believe her, she wants to believe they were together,because she wants to continue to blame the new wife. Instead she needs to put all blame on Swizz. Fact is her marriage was damaged and he had left, he met someone else and moved on. She could not accept that, listen if Alicia had an affair with her husband while married and she can prove it, then why not sue Alicia tor alienation of affection? Alicia is rich, if true Mashonda could make a lot of money. Because it is not true, she should stop commenting because Alicia is no longer the girlfriend but she is his wife and mother of his child. And I hope they have lots more.

  • guest

    Who cares!!!!

  • SunshineBlossom

    I may not get many likes for this but… Things happen! There is a reason their marriage didn’t work that we may not know about. No one knows what situation they will be in or what may happen. Now it is a bad situation, and clearly someone is not telling the truth BUT they are not together anymore and they need to let it go now! There are women who go through this everyday but don’t get a magazine to tell their story. What do they do? Move on.

  • vaya con dios

    No she should have not responded. She should have not depended on this one man to be her savior. Let it go.Depend on self and never put your all into a man, no matter what. Not saying not to love but this type of dependency is not worth dignity.

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  • Jud Jud

    I like what Mashonda said about a blessing in disguise. You never know what kind of man God will send your way 🙂 When one door closes another door opens Stay strong hun

  • DoinMe

    My local radio station was talking about this today and this situation sounds like an utter mess. They were saying that Swizz had another girl pregnant at the same time he was still married to Mashonda AND while messing around with Alicia, and she (Alicia) knew about this other side chick and baby. If this is true, Alicia is DUMB. There’s NOTHING she can sing to me about relationships and women empowerment. If she likes that loser of a husband, than I love it for her.

  • If Alicia feels the need to keep defending herself its because deep down inside she knows she was dead wrong and that Swizz and Mashonda were STILL together!!! Swizz lied to both of them and Alicia chose to believe what she WANTED to believe. Any which way he goes he did Mashonda a favor because who needs a lying, cheating man. Ever notice that artists are forever bringing up some drama type ish every time they have a new single or CD? I guess Alicia needs the boost because that “girl on fire” song is some straight BULLSHIT!

  • clove8canela

    Yes, Mashonda should have responded and I’m glad she did. Alicia knew she was opening up an old wound when she brought it up, but like Mashonda said, she’s got her reputation to protect. And I guess she thought she would have the last word on that (wrong!) It is what it is, and Alicia knows all about Karma – didn’t she write a song about that?

  • Shaybaby

    Why do they keep giving this situation life? Move on already.

  • IJS

    No one believes Alicia so she should have just let sleeping dogs lie. Why start making public statements now? They seemed to have had peace lately and now here she goes? Maybe she needs publicity to boost her album sales because that single she released sucks.

  • Really?

  • No1sname

    Mashonda thank your lucky stars….every dog/b*tch has their day….he is not at all that attractive, collect your child support no matter who’s pockets the money is coming from & keep moving on!

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  • Angela Ingram

    Alicia may really believe that things were over between the two of them which means, he was playing both of them. If that is that case then Mashonda should be thankful that she is no longer with an unfaithful, none trusting man. He is Alicia’s problem now.

  • LivingmylifeLifeitsGolden

    Why is all the blame going to Alicia.?Point blank.. Swiss Beat was the problem. Rather it was with Alicia or any other chick.. He didn’t want the marriage. If Alicia wasnt an entertainer with the status she has. ..THIS STORY would not be broadcast so much.. So move on and I wish her the best but seriously..responding back will not bring your former ex husband back. Real TALK

  • Alicia is obviously lying about Swizz & Mashonda being separated when they got together. Even if Swizz told her that, she knows that he was lying. Swizz never respected his marriage to Mashonda & Alicia knew that. That’s why she went for hers.

    Swizz’s 1st born was from a woman that he cheated on Mashonda with. They weren’t even married yet and he was getting other women pregnant. Mashonda set the tone for their marriage when she accepted him cheating and all of his other children. She just never thought he would find someone that he would leave her for. It’s a risk you take when you continue to forgive a cheater. He may pick up and leave you for someone else. If it wasn’t Alicia, it would’ve been someone else. There was no happily ever after for Swizz & Mashonda. That’s what she needs to accept.

    If a cheater hasn’t left you yet, it’s because he hasn’t met a woman he likes enough to leave you for, not because deep down he loves you. That’s what Mashonda probably thought. “He’s a man so he cheats but deep down he loves me.” A man can’t love a woman he doesn’t respect. Mashonda was a doormat and men do not respect woman like that. Period! I hope she gets smarter in her next relationship/marriage.

    • You betta preach! Great post!

    • SunshineBlossom

      I know that’s right! You get what you settle for.

  • Guest360

    I wouldn’t necessary say that Mashonda’s the truth teller here. She could easily be bending the truth as much as Alicia and Swizz considering she was the one humiliated here. She could be trying to save face. But all that aside, no one will ever know what went on with these 3. It’s impossible. I just hope for all of their sakes they can move forward and leave the drama at the door. I wish them all eventual happiness and hope one day they can move on from this. It takes too much energy to hold on to the past. Just let it go.

  • KG

    I’m sorry Mashonda needs to move on with her life. Why is that she continue to talk about this, swizz clearly moved on with his life. She is not the only and last woman to be cheated on by a husband if that’s what she believe. And I think A. Keys owe her nothing that’s on her ex-husband. Move on Mashonda u are a beautiful woman and mother. I’m sure that the right man is out there waiting for u, but if u don’t move on for good u will never find him.

    • JB

      She didn’t bring this up Alicia opened this door. Alicia should’ve just kept her mouth shut on this one.

    • Nenah

      Ummmmmm, did you even read the article? Mashonda simply responded the bs that AK said.

  • JustSaying

    Really Alicia? You want to open this wound again? Now it is Alicia Keys who is constantly trying to defend the home wrecked rumor. News flash honey!!!! If he was still married… U are STILL a home wrecker! I am glad Mashonda didn’t stoop and respond to this foolishness. Alicia is stirring up the pot cuz of her album. Girl? Please…. She just mad cuz radios are not bumping that song she got.

    • Thank you! Mashonda has moved on. Alicia is still trying to clarify what happened, as one of my friends said, because she is losing fans. I never was a fan, but did see her once in concert. Bet that will never happen again. The home may have already been wrecked, but why can’t women wait until the divorce has gone through before getting knocked up? All the men Alicia could have had, and she has to have his skinny butt? I had never heard of him before this, anyway.

  • Laine

    Well Mashonda and especially Alicia, you know what!?? He probably lied to you both !!! Mashonda, he told you he wasn’t cheating on you, while he was.. and Alicia, he told you he was single, while he was still with Mashonda.. ! You both got played.. by Swizz..! You’re anger should be towards him, not towards each other!

    • Ashe

      Yup! I have always believed that he lied to the both of them to get what he wanted. That’s why he never has much to say about the situation!

    • toya

      AGREED 100%

  • Kellz

    Who doesnt know A. Keys was creepin with a married man??
    Old news….

  • Cleo

    Good Lord Mashona we already know Alicia keys is a home wrecker and your ex husband is a Veryyyy loose man. Please move on hun and find someone who will love and respect you. Alicia and Swizz will get their karma.

    • Merriegirl

      If Alicia Keys would stop giving interviews about the situation, Mashonda would not have to address it.

  • Shamekia

    This is a touchy conversation being that she was married to Swizz. I truly believe that he was cheating before he meet Alicia that is how his daughter was conceived with ANOTHER woman in 2008, a year later he started dating Alicia. So he was been cheating and fathering children outside their marriage prior to Alicia. She needs to just accept he was never faithful to her and move on with her life. Alicia shouldn’t be a relevant factor.

    • Nenah

      He’s def the one at fault. I’d bet money that he was lying to both of them. He prob was lying to Mashonda about working on their marriage after the first kid. I’m sure he was lying to Alicia as well. But he was still married so she needs to accept that. I think the thing with AK is that she brought it up but she keeps denying that she did anything wrong. Mashonda says that she thought the topic was over but for Alicia to address, then lie about it, is not only opening the wound, it’s pouring salt on it as well.

  • Hold ya head Mashonda!! I always believed her!

    • Me too. I believe her. You really have no choice but to. Alicia said that they were “separated” which translates to “still married.” No grey area there.

    • I believed her too. Although that is hardly any consolation prize. In the long run he will do this again (they always do it again) and Alicia will deny the truth for as long as possible until it becomes so blatant she has to address it. Five years down the road Alicia will be giving Essence an article about how she ‘over came’ his infidelity and how much stronger she is for it.

  • Pivyque

    They need to stop talking about it. When asked, both parties should stress that they will not discuss it and get on with the conversation.