A few months ago, Swizz Beatz was photographed on vacation with his two sons, wife Alicia Keyz and his ex-wife, Mashonda Tifrere. For many, this was a particularly peculiar sight because of the well-know love triangle between the trio. As you may recall, Mashonda accused Swizz and Alicia of carrying on a romantic affair while she was still married to the mega producer. During a recent interview with Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, Swizz dished on the story behind the photograph.
Firstly, Swizz says that the group didn’t actually get together and decide to go on vacation. It was one of those things that just happened.
“Mashonda, she didn’t like fly on vacation. She happened to be over there already. She happened to be over there and she wanted to see our son.”
The group did, however, spend time together, which resulted in the photograph that attracted so much attention.
“I thought that was a very positive message but even in that people still want the waters to be dark. They was saying all types of stuff. People was saying, ‘Oh, Mashonda stupid or Alicia stupid.’ No, man there’s kids involved. We got to go to graduations for a long time. We got to go to games for a long time. And our personal things that we threw in the past, that’s the past. It’s going on 5 years already.”
“There were a lot of frustrating times for us. But to see us come together in a positive place, I think that’s what people should focus on. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. These two amazing women are coming together.”
It’s nice to see that the trio were able to put their differences aside for the sake of their children. And speaking of infidelity and love triangles, Swizz also dispelled a cheating a rumor that had been making its rounds among media outlets. In case you missed it, Swizz invited a fitness instructor to direct message him on Instagram a while back. According to Swizz, he was simply looking to hire the woman to train Alicia, but folks took it to another level.
“I don’t have no bad intentions, so I’m not thinking like that. I knew it was on there, but I was like let me hook this person up with my wife on the training vibe and it was cool. She’s very professional. Her work is well-respected. It’s just like man, all of these things I have going on and you gonna take two letters and make it a headline, out of everything?”
“I don’t really respond to a lot of different things, but it’s like how much are you gonna slide under the rug. I went through a lot of different situations that I didn’t want to talk about because of kids involved. I had to hold a lot of things and let people feel how they wanted to feel even though they don’t really know the whole story. My goal is, there’s a kid involved, there’s a family involved in this, I gotta deal with this a different type of way instead of fueling back and forth. How long you gonna just be quiet and just take those shots.”
“I’m in love with my wife, like for real for real. I don’t got time to just play games with fitness trainers on Instagram. That’s crazy.”
On a more positive note, Swizz also discussed enrolling at Harvard Business School.
“I just felt like you got to keep graduating your brand. A lot of people get complacent with their success and things that they have done before and I just wasn’t comfortable with that because I started transitioning from being a producer to being a business owner. And I would be in theses rooms and no matter how big the deal is or how good it is people would still look at me like ‘oh, he’s the rapper guy,’ ‘he’s the rapper friend.’ I was like we all in this meeting because of what I’m bringing to the table. Being that I really didn’t have those credentials to go with those different things, I didn’t feel I was getting the respect I deserved so I said you know what, let me go sharpen my pencil a lil bit. Really walk back in these rooms a different person and a different man. And really invest that time into myself.”
Watch the full interview below.
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