» Later in 2008, Alicia Keys threw a surprise birthday party for the art-collecting producer (who by then was separated from his wife) at New York's Guggenheim Museum. She really loves me." » Throughout the year, Keys and Swizz (engaged in a messy divorce from Mashonda, including public spat on Twitter) were spotted together at a bevy of events, including his pre-Grammy Awards event, game three of World Series (where she performed alongside Jay-Z), and a swank Whitney Houston album preview event; the musical pair worked together to produce the Houston single "Million Dollar Bill." » This year, the duo have been frequently photographed together, both domestically and abroad; pics of Keys performing across the Atlantic caused a stir online as the singer's loose-fitting clothing led many to believe she was hiding a baby bump.
Although they wouldn't appear in public together until the following year, the shindig solidified that the two were an item. » On Thursday, a spokesperson for the couple confirmed that they were engaged and are expecting their first child together.
R&B singer Mashonda, currently involved in a divorce with Swizz Beatz, wrote an open letter today (September 26) to the producer’s current girlfriend Alicia Keys, calling her twitter posts “insensitive.” Posted using Twitlonger, which allows for messages that exceed 140 characters, Mashonda’s letter touched on her feelings on the love triangle which eventually split her and Swizz.
[There’s] a child to be raised.” Concluding with an olive branch, Mashonda answered Alicia Keys’ initial “smart versus sparks” twitter post. However, a few hours later I was advised that I should check @aliciakeys twit page. I feel our issues are a lot more serious than a website conversation.
You know the role you played and you know how you contributed to the ending of my marriage. I never had intentions on reaching out to you this way but after reading your twits tonight, and the constant disregard, you left me no choice.” Insisting that her public address wasn’t a publicity stunt, Mashonda wrote that she’s most concerned about Swizz’s relationship with their son, and trying to reach an understanding with Keys.
You know that I asked you to step back and let me handle my family issues. “I just ask you to try and be a bit more realistic and delicate to the situation, at least until my divorce is final,” Mashonda wrote.
A gentleman from Kasseem’s entourage approached me and said that someone wanted to talk to me. I knew he was “Swizz Beatz”, but I did not know anything else about him.
I gave him my phone number and he called me right away and invited me to eat at Katz’ Deli on Montrose Blvd.