Swizz Beatz recently speaks about how he wanted people to celebrate co-parenting as they do failed public relationships. The music producer was in an episode of “Unsung,” when he addressed the public backlash he and Keys endured for over a decade ago while he and his ex-wife Tifrere were going through a public divorce.
“The heat was definitely hot because a lot of people like to gravitate towards negativity,” he said. It all started in 2009 rumors of Swizz cheating on Tifrere with Keys had become common banter among his and Key’s critics. He says he believes the public was happy relishing in the family’s turmoil. “Anytime people feel that they can get away from their pain and make fun of your pain, that’s gon’ always be a hell of a celebration.” Swizz Beatz revealed his acquaintance with the Alicia Keys went back to high school where they first met when he the pair was 15.
Then an open letter written by Tifrere that increases the public fire on the situation. On Twitter, she insinuated Keys and Swizz had been involved with each other but both denied the affair. However, the letter said Keys was the final straw that ended the marriage.
“If you are reading this Alicia, let me start by saying, you know what you did. You know the role you played and you know how you contribute to the ending of my marriage,” wrote Tifrere. “You know that I asked you to step back and let me handle my family issues. Issues you helped to create.”
Swizz and Tifrere were married for six years and had one son, Kasseem Dean Jr. Their divorce was finalized in 2010, but peace between the pair wasn’t found until years later. In 2016 the former couple, Keys and their children were all spotted vacationing together, causing many to wonder how they’d smoothed everything over.
Those answers were answered in the 2018 book “Blend: The Secret to Co-parenting and Creating a Balanced Family,” written by Tifrere, Swizz and Keys. “But everybody want to throw a party when they thinking that they wanna kill each other and we wanna be all negative and violent and we got kids involved in this,” Swizz said.
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