Super producer Swizz Beatz's ex-wife Mashonda Tifere recently took to the pages of Sister 2 Sister Magazine to air out some of Swizz and wife Alicia Keys' family business. Mashonda told the magazine that Swizz and Keys' relationship began right after the birth of their son while she was still married to the producer. She added that the only reason she continues to talk about the issue is that she hopes she can help other women in the same situation help to deal with infidelity in a more positive manner than she was able to manage it.
"We were married," she said. "Sleeping in the same bed and having sex every night while he was seeing Alicia. Okay? It was an affair. 100 percent. I don’t know why people want to change that rule so much. We had just had a kid, for crying out loud. Our child was 8 months. I found out about Alicia two days before my son turned 1. They had been doing their thing for months before that." (RhymesWithSnitch.com)
She added that, "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." (RhymesWithSnitch.com)
Mashonda also said that Keys has been asking her son and Swizz's other child from prior relationships to call her "umi," which is "mommy" in Arabic. Mashonda says that she has no problem with Keys wanting to act as a step-mother to her son, but she feels that having him call her by that name could be unfair and confusing to the child. She also says that he has emailed Keys about the issue, but Keys has yet to respond.
"My son told me [that she told him to call her 'umi']," she explained. "I sent [Keys] 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 [also] been in contact with the little girl's mother [from England]. 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 [Keys]. [Keys] 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." (RhymesWithSnitch.com)