Who Is Alicia Keys' Husband? New Details On Swizz Beatz

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Who Is Alicia Keys' Husband Swizz Beatz
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Alicia Keys is probably best known for being one of the most successful and influential musical artists of this era. The popular singer has sold millions of albums and won Grammy's for her work. But who is Alicia Key's husband Swizz Beats? Although Beatz also works in the entertainment industry, he's not quite as recognizable as his wife.

While the 37-year-old singer's thriving career is no secret, details about her personal life are not as common knowledge as her professional success. Keys has been married to rapper and record producer Swizz Beatz for years and they share two children together.  

Here are some details about Swizz Beatz and his relationship with Keys.

1. They've been married for 8 years.

The couple recently celebrated their 8-year anniversary. Keys and Beatz got married in July 2010 in the Mediterranean. They celebrated their anniversary with a vacation and shared it through social media with their fans.

2. Keys revealed that she didn't like Beatz when they first met.

Although the singer and her beau got married in 2010, they actually knew each other for many years before that. And Keys has openly admitted that she wasn't interested in him at first and even tried to distance herself from him and his lifestyle.

"Honestly, I didn't really like him that much," the singer reportedly said in 2013. "I thought he was too ostentatious. Swizz will have the fastest car, the biggest jewelry, the loudest jacket. Everything with him is really over the top. I used to see him and think, 'He is so annoying.'"

Keys also disclosed that she didn't want to have a professional relationship with Beatz either, but eventually, they did. She also said that her opinion of the rapper changed once they got to know each other better. "I think we've taught each other a lot," she explained. "He's taught me to live more fully, and I think I've taught him to live more deeply."

3. He has a degree from Harvard.

Beatz went to Harvard University's Business School and earned his degree in 2017. He enthusiastically shared the accomplishment with his followers through his social media accounts.

4. Beatz has been working in the music industry since he was a teenager.

He was only 17 when he started working with rapper DMX. Beatz was a DJ at the time who collaborated on DMX's hit song "Ruff Ryders' Anthem" in 1998. Beatz and the rapper still remain friends as well as work together today.

5. He had a lawsuit against him for car theft worth millions of dollars.

The rapper was sued for $42 million in damages by a car leasing company that leased many expensive car brands. The lawsuit stated that Keys and Beatz leased some cars for their personal use in 2013. The case was eventually dropped after no evidence was found against Beatz for scheming against the company.

The rapper's attorney provided a statement for the case, saying, "this lawsuit was nothing more than an attempted shakedown of a public figure that had nothing to do with the facts. We are gratified, but not surprised, that the Court agreed with us."

6. Beatz has five children.

He shares two sons with Keys, Egypt, 7 and Genesis Ali, 3. He also has an 11-year-old son with his ex-wife Mashonda Tifrere. Beatz is also the father of a 10-year-old daughter, Nicole, and a 17-year-old son, Prince Nasir.

7. Beatz was married when he started seeing Keys.

They started their relationship when the rapper was still married to Tifrere. In 2008, they separated and their divorce wasn't finalized for two more years, which was the year he married Keys.

8. He co-parents with his ex-wife, Mashonda.

Keys recently spoke about the relationship between her family and Beatz's ex-wife and son. "We love each other. I mean, we hang out with each other. We go to dinner together," Keys told ABC News. "We're doing Thanksgiving, we're doing the holidays. It is a beautiful partnership, and that is really, really special. I'm very, very proud of that."

The rapper and Tifrere went through a hard divorce where they didn't get along, but they eventually patched things up for their son. Tifrere just released a book called "Blend" about the process of co-parenting and maintaining a balanced family, which both Beatz and Keys helped contribute.

9. Did Swizz Beatz cheat on Alicia Keys?

Over the years, there have been rumors implying that Beatz may have cheated on Keys. One of the more well-known instances of the rumor was in 2011 when singer Christina Elizabeth revealed that she was with the rapper but that it was when he was with Tifrere, not Keys. Elizabeth claimed that he had been sending her texts. Keys and Beatz both denied her story through their social media pages. 

However, there have been other rumors since then that suggest the rapper may have cheated on Keys, which Beatz has denied.

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Sloane Solomon is a YourTango editor and writer who covers pop culture, lifestyle topics, and love and relationships.

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