Swizz Beatz Admits To Relationship With Alicia Keys

By Allen Starbury  |  05/17/2009

2009-05-17 - Swizz BeatzRumors that Alicia Keys came between couple Swizz Beatz and singer Mashonda have been lingering since they first surfaced sometime last year. While Swizzy has never admitted to it, Mashonda let the cat out the back earlier this year during a radio interview.

In an interview with Angela Yee on Sirius Shade 45, the singer confirmed rumors that superstar Alicia Keys caused a rift in her relationship.

According to Mashonda, she found her suspicions to be true when she discovered credit card statements that matched dates and cities on an Alicia Keys' tour. "That's a true statement, but that wasn't the first," Mashonda explained. However, she said she suspected something was going on before that evidence emerged.

Today in a brand new song, Swizzy finally owns up to it. On the remix for Drake's "Best I Ever Had," the producer/rapper says -- in so many words -- that Alicia owns his heart.

Here's a few lines from the song:

"Wake up in the morning and my baby cooked me breakfast, A's naked wearing nothing on but a necklace ..."

"Yeah, she say she wanna treat me like a king; I get big gifts so the money ain't a damn thing"

"She gave me a party at the Guggenheim ... What's next? The ring? The baby? She really loves me!"

Swizzy admitted to the New York Daily News that he's in love with Keys, but says some of the lines were a bit exaggerated.

"We're nowhere near ready for a baby or a ring," he laughed. "This whole song is not about Alicia. The part about her cooking breakfast for me naked -- she never done that for me."

Swizzy explained that he's kept their relationship under wraps because he didn't want to aggravate Mashonda -- they are currently separated -- and says that what he and Keys have is "so precious."

The couple filed for divorce in February, following a nearly one year separation. But, things are started to get testy, as the pair bicker over money.

Mashonda is seeking interim support for their 2-year-old son, Kasseem Jr., arguing that Swizz has slashed his payments.

Swizz had been paying all of their bills, as well as giving her $5,000 a week. His advisers felt that was too much, so now he pays her $3,500 a month, on top of the bills.

"Swizz has put settlement offers on the table, but Mashonda won't say what she needs," a friend of the couple tells the paper. "She just came back from Paris and London. She drives a Bentley Flying Spur and a Cadillac Escalade. I don't think life's too bad for her."

The friend says Mashonda is resisting his offers "because he's been less than forthcoming about his true financial picture."

Swizz's lawyer, Dan Rottenstreich, added: "He has taken care of her and his son above and beyond what's required."

Mashonda's attorney Bernard Clair commented: "An application is pending before the court, where the facts will be developed."