Producer Swizz Beatz‘s ex-wife Mashonda opens up about her past marriage to the hitmaker and shared details about his newlywed Alicia Keys wanting to exert her role as a mother in the October issue of Sister 2 Sister.
According to Mashonda, Keys wanted their son to view the singer as her new mother.
“I sent her an email and asked her to please respect what I am to him and it’s not right for her to think that is okay. She never replied. She doesn’t reply to me. She has never given me that respect…It is so unfair to the child. I have been in contact with the little girl’s mother (the woman in England who has Swizz’s baby). She’s a young girl. She’s a spiritual girl. She apologized to me… I don’t even judge her. I can’t. She’s totally different than the other one. This other one knew. Alicia knew about me 100 percent. Swizz introduced me at prior events. They were signed to the same record company. She knew. And I emailed her and asked her to stop doing what she was doing and she disregarded me. Just like she disregarded me when I asked her to not have my son thinking it was okay to call her ‘umi.’ You’re not his umi. You just met my son…’Umi’ means ‘mommy’ in Arabic. I’m like no. And then after I spoke to the lady in London, she told me that she tried to get her daughter to call her ‘umi’ as well…Like, if you want to be a stepmother, that’s great. Be a stepmother. But don’t think that it’s okay to make a kid call you ‘umi’ or ‘mommy.'” (Rhymes With Snitch)
Mashonda also explains why she has decided to let out their personal business.
“People ask me why am I still talking about this and why don’t I just leave it alone. I’m like, this is going to help somebody. My story is a universal thing. This is not just something that only happened to me: This happens to women every day. Mine was just ugly. If I can help the next woman get through and be positive, then I’m going to talk about it.” (The YBF)
Earlier this summer, Mashonda said she would not immediately change her last name, Dean, which she shares with Beatz.
“I hate that when [Swizz and Alicia Keys are] doing something I always come up. I can’t wait for the day when we’re both in our own worlds. I’m a separate person and just want my own identity…I do [keep our name]. I kept my last name for my son’s sake, until I remarry. There’s no need to rush to change it… that just complicates things for my son. That would be so petty of me. The only thing that could change [my last name] is a really good man.” (VIBE)
Since getting married to Keys in mid-summer, Beatz has opened up about his new marriage.
“It’s just a feeling,” Swizz said about falling in love with Keys. “Love is a word that’s powerful but the feeling is even stronger…To identify that feeling is something that’s amazing because it doesn’t only come from your partner. It comes from your love for music, your love for people, your love for a lot of things, and I think that once you identify the feeling of love, you’ll be a better person. I’m a better man. I think that having love in your life, it just has that effect. Because then you spread love. You can’t enjoy love without spreading love. I just think that it all falls in the pocket.” (MTV)
Check out some past Mashonda footage below: