R&B singer Alicia Keys is officially off the market after announcing being pregnant with her first child from soon-to-be husband/producer Swizz Beatz.
According to new reports, the hip-hop couple will officially wed later this year.
Alicia Keys is in a motherhood state of mind: She’s pregnant with her first child. The Grammy Award-winning R&B singer has been dating producer Swizz Beatz, who has written hits for Beyonce (bee-AHN’-say), Jay-Z and others. They’re engaged to be married at a private ceremony later this year. Representatives for the couple confirmed the news Thursday night. (Associated Press)
Beatz’s ex-wife, Mashonda, recently filed a lawsuit against the producer in New York.
In papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Mashonda Dean says the man who officially became her ex-husband two weeks ago already owes her $334,000 in missed payments. “I so much wanted both of us to get on with our lives and maintain our respect for one another, but he now shows that his priorities and sense of responsibility are screwed up,” R&B singer Dean said. Dean’s lawyer, Bernard Clair, called the nonpayment “particularly troubling” because of reports that Beatz bought a seven-carat engagement ring for Alicia Keys earlier this year and that they’re moving into a $14.5 million duplex penthouse on Crosby Street. (NY Post)
However, Beatz has defended himself and refuted his ex-wife’s claims.
He said he’d agreed to pay Dean more than the judge required and much more than his lawyer recommended — he even had to sign court papers acknowledging that he was going against his attorney’s advice. “I gave over what the judge was recommending to give. I gave her $700,000 up front, because I thought $200,000 wasn’t enough for what she wanted to do. I still get spit in my face for it,” he said. He suggested that the subsequent payments had been ready to go when he discovered “she’d been selling all my stuff out of my house.” (NY Post)
Beatz recently spoke on his divorce from Mashonda.
“I don’t got a wife no more,” Swizz told radio personality DJ Enuff. “I’m 99 percent done, 99 percent. You lucky, you lucky I’m telling you. I’m lucky in a lot of ways, also, with my divorce but it’s like the hardest thing I’ve ever been through. By far. You know what I’m saying? But it was a learning experience. The thing that upset me the most was the approach from the other side, it didn’t have to be like that because it’s false. It’s like false things and having the wrong people around. Pumping yourself thinking you’re gonna get a TV show off of so-called exposing. It’s like clown things and it’s, like, I’m always quiet with this sh*t. I can’t answer, I can’t even feed into because it’s that much foolery to me…The reason why I got my divorce is for real sh*t. I didn’t get busted cheating, it wasn’t none of that. I had to, I got put into a situation where she was making me pick the relationship with my older son over my marriage.” (The Wizards NYC)
Check out some recent Alicia Keys & Swizz Beatz footage below: