‘He Showed Me How To Live Life In A Beautiful Way:’ Alicia Keys Gushes Over Swizz’s ‘Alicia’ Tattoo And Falling In Love

February 19, 2013  |  

Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter Alicia Keys paid a visit to the Wendy Show recently, where she chatted it up with the “Queen of All Media” about meeting husband Swizz Beatz as a teen, her hubby professing his love for her by getting her face tattooed on his arm and raising little Egypt. Check out some of what she had to say.

On meeting Swizz in high school:

“We met like when I was sixteen and he was seventeen. And a friend of ours went to his high school and was like ‘Oh, you gotta meet Swizz,’ and she was like ‘Alicia is about to blow up,’ and ‘Swizz is doing his thing. And maybe one day y’all can work together.’ And that was how we met.”

On falling in love:

“It was so crazy because we’ve obviously known each other for so long, been friends for so long and been in the same industry for so long, but we never thought it was like that. And he’s actually a little too ostentatious for my taste. Like he will wear not one, but sixteen chains. And he can’t drive like a regular car, but it has to be the most craziest car of all time. So I was kind of like ‘Mmm, I don’t know.’ I think what happened was, he really got me when I saw how far his mind went. He’s really, really intelligent and knows so many interesting things… He really loves to live life and he showed me how to live life in a beautiful way.”

On Egypt and Blue Ivy playdates:

“We do bring our children to the studio. So we’ll get together and meet there and like hang out and the kids will hang out. I think actually Egypt kissed Blue and I don’t think Jay liked it very much. He called my husband and was like ‘Um, watch your son.'”

On Swizz’s tattoo of her:

“It’s of my face and he hid it. It’s so beautiful and he mixed it with some of his favorite artists. It’s like this beautiful rendering and it’s so pretty. That’s one of my favorite gifts he’s ever given me.”

Check out a video of Alicia’s full interview on the next page.

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  • justme

    love her… she’s super talented BUT… the married man thing is not kool and i really really don’t like the new album or songs …

  • No one is denying that they are madly in love with each other, the problem is how they started their relationship in the first place. He was still married at the time, and it was still borne out of an affair, which is wrong. She’s not the only one a fault, obviously, but she (or Swizz) shouldn’t act like everything is all hunky-dory. I think that if they were honest, people would be a little more amenable towards them.

    • Cinnamon71

      I agree with you 100% on that! I don’t care if the man was separated or not, he was still a married man. I blame him first and foremost for stepping out of his marriage, but Ms. Keys knew he was married and didn’t respect herself or Mashonda enough to stay away and out of the situation until it was handled and finalized by the court system. If he truly loved and wanted to be with Alicia, then he would have waited until his divorce was finalized before starting anything with her. As much as she wants to spin this as a fairy tale, it was adultery plain and simple. She needs to just stop talking about it and go on and live her life with her new family and hopes that it doesn’t happen to her. Karma has a way of throwing a monkey wrench in your life when you least expect it…IJS

  • Stephanie

    I don’t understand how Alicia gets ALL of the blame for wrecking Swizz’s
    “supposedly” happy home/marriage when he had affairS & a baby with
    another woman BEFORE he & Alicia got together … now, with that
    being said, I do wish Alicia would have been more intelligent about the
    situation & not commit to him until BOTH Swizz & his ex-wife
    announced their separation AND pending divorce. Yeah, he was still
    married, on paper, but Swizz mentally divorced his ex-wife long before
    his relationship with Alicia AND the other women. Swizz’s actions
    started “wrecking” his home/marriage & unfortunately, some women,
    including Alicia (although the marriage was “wrecked” before Alicia came
    along) made it easy for him to do so. Hopefully, Swizz has changed his
    ways, if not, some other woman will be coming along and “wrecking”
    Alicia’s home & guess what, life will go on!!!

    • It’s not that people are only blaming Alicia, it’s the way that she and Swizz are not dealing with the situation head-on, and acknowledging that what happened for what it was.

      • Stephanie

        I agree with you about that!!! If they’re going to talk about it, talk about it head-on & stop trying to make it sound like a fairy tale. I also believe Swizz should MAN UP & come out & say that HE “wrecked” his home/marriage. In my humble opinion, he’s letting Alicia take a LOT of the heat for the demise of his 1st marriage.

    • MLS2698

      In these ” United States,” the only way you can be married IS on paper. I don’t know about the laws in New York, but in VA, where I live, you have to be separated for a year before a divorce can be finalized. People shouldn’t get it in their minds that if they quit a relationship, they can start another one BEFORE ending the first union. This is where the drama comes in.

    • Kenedy

      Not to including he was allegedly hooking up with one of his artists, after him & Alicia Started dating..allegedly, she was showing text messages from him wanting to meet up @ hotels…allegedly

  • Ooh La La

    That really annoyed me how she danced around that question. Like, maybe if you were just honest about what happened people wouldn’t dislike you so much.

  • Reese

    I’m not even going to speak on how Swizz and Alicia’s relationship possibly started. If they like it, I love it. But my grandma has always told me “you lose them how you got them.”

  • Leave people man and find yuh own man, build a foundation, make yuh own plan – old reggae song. Plays in my head when I see her. I guess the saying is true – Trust no b!tc#!

  • MLS2698

    “What had happened was”……..on you ending up with a married man. Trust me, nobody cares if you knew him when you were sixteen.