Alicia Keys Says Her First Opinion Of Swizz Beatz Was ‘He Is So Annoying’

June 6, 2013  |  
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Alicia Keys is Marie Claire UK‘s July cover beauty and inside she has one of the prettiest photo spreads we’ve seen in a long time. The singer, who is in the midst of her world tour, talked to the mag about “setting our world on fire” and was very candid about her first opinion of her husband Swizz Beats, how their relationship has grown over the years, and learning how to stand up for herself and create balance between work and home life.

Here are a few highlights from her interview:

Her first impression of Swizz

Swizz will have the fastest car, the biggest jewellery, the loudest jacket; everything with him is really over the top. I used to see him and think, “He is so annoying”.

On making music for her husband

That’s When I Knew is definitely an ode to my husband… Honestly I didn’t really like him that much. I thought he was too ostentatious.

What makes their relationship work

I think we’ve taught each other a lot,’ she says of her husband. He’s taught me to live more fully and I think I’ve taught him to live more deeply.

On speaking up for herself

You have to speak up. To say, ‘I don’t like that, it’s not cool, don’t do that to me’, but it’s not easy, especially with people you love. I think getting older has made me evolve in a lot of ways and made me more relaxed about saying how I feel, no matter what.

Finding balance

I realize you have to have a balance – you can live life and have more experiences as well as working.

Check out behind the scenes video of Alicia Keys’ photo shoot below and a few shots on the next couple pages. What do you think about her interview?

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