Alicia Keys Says Swizz Beatz Initially Wasn't Her 'Vibe': 'He Loves A Lot Of Attention'
Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Netflix

Alicia Keys Says Swizz Beatz Initially Wasn't Her 'Vibe': 'He Loves A Lot Of Attention'

Opposites attract.

Celebrity News

Alicia Keys gave fans a little insight into her first thoughts about her now-husband Swizz Beatz. The couple has been married for 11 years and they have two children together, Egypt, 11, and Genesis, 6.

We all know Alicia as the smooth, laidback chick that can sing and play the piano. Coming from the flashy rap scene, Swizz Beatz, whose real name is Kasseem Dean, was the complete opposite of the singer and while they say opposites attract, for Alicia it was more so of not judging a book by its cover.

The “You Don’t Know My Name” singer sat down withComplex News 360 with Speedy Morman to discuss her new album Keys, but during that conversation she hilariously shared that at one time the hit producer gave her “the ick.”

For those that don’t know, the term “the ick” means when your attraction to someone you’re dating suddenly turns into repulsion for that person.

“He definitely gave me the ick. I wasn’t with it. He just wasn’t my vibe,” Alicia said. “He’s pretty loud. He’s pretty over the top. He loves a lot of attention. Everywhere [there are] like a bunch of people,” she said.

But she soon realized that that was just her perception of him and when she got to know him better, her feelings changed. “Once I got to know who he actually was, I recognized that I was judging him on someone that I thought he was, not who he actually is. And that’s how the ick tide changed,” she revealed.

Both being from New York and making music, the two have been in each other’s lives since they were teenagers, but rumors about them dating didn’t start until 2008. Alicia recalled their first date in her 2020 memoir More Myself where she revealed the beginnings of their relationship.

“I finally agreed to have lunch,” she wrote, “I made a reservation for noon at an outdoor restaurant in downtown Manhattan. I arrived at twelve on the dot. Swizz was nowhere in sight. He finally came strutting in at 12:20.”

While showing up late can be looked at as a dealbreaker for many, Alicia later found out that Swizz’s reason for being late was actually quite thoughtful.

“As much as I wanted to stay mad at Swizz he lifted the mood with a steady stream of humor and fascinating conversation. Later as we approached my car I noticed something enormous attached to its top. He smiled. ‘That’s why I was late,’ he said.”

“It was a painting of a grand piano with paintbrushes attached to the keys. ‘When I saw this,’" he explained, ‘it seemed like the perfect representation of our friendship. You’re the keys, I’m the brushes.’"

Featured image by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Netflix

This TikToker Created A Five-Year Plan For His Relationship After Being With His Girlfriend For Less Than A Year

We’ve all heard of creating a five-year plan for your career but have you ever heard of making a five-year plan for your relationship? TikToker James Hunt did and it created quite a buzz on the social media platform. James, whose TikTok name is mba_huntboy, shared the five-year plan he implemented with his girlfriend on TikTok, breaking down their goals each year.

Keep reading...Show less
The daily empowerment fix you need.
Make things inbox official.
Mother To Mother: 6 Things I Wish I Knew Before Having A Child

Before giving birth to my child two-and-a-half years ago, I was one of those women who thought I’d have the basics of child-rearing down. After all, I was in the fourth grade when my brother was born and spent much of my adolescence helping my parents take care of him. My experience with children increased even more when I became an aunt eight times over. I regarded motherhood as something I didn’t have total knowledge of but suspected I wouldn’t be too far off the mark when the time came for me to have a child of my own. Little did I know that there was no amount of practice that could prepare me for what was ahead.

Keep reading...Show less
The 5 Winter Nail Color Trends You're About To See Everywhere

Cozy season is here. Guess what that means? Winter nail trends. We know that spring and summer typically mean bright hues like neons, yellows, and of course, white nails. Who can say no to white toes? On the other hand, fall means deep colors like moody blues and skin-matching nudes. So what does winter have in store as we sip hot toddies and snuggle under our favorite blankets? Well, some trending hues are to stay along with more calming colors that evoke calm and, dare we say it, a feeling of coziness.

Keep reading...Show less
ESPN's Monica McNutt On Doing The Work & The Restorative Power Of Her 'Me Time'

In xoNecole's Finding Balance, we profile boss women making boss moves in the world and in their respective industries. We talk to them about their business, and most of all, what they do to find balance in their busy lives.

Any time we can see ourselves on TV, holding court, taking up space, and being our most beautiful authentic selves while doing so, it's always a good look. And it's more than just magic. For Monica McNutt, it's also a mix of hard work, determination, experience, and training. The University of Maryland and Georgetown University graduate was a shooting guard who decided she wanted to lend her voice to perspectives behind the scenes in sports through broadcast. She started out covering the Olympics during the summer of 2021, and she'd move on to work with Fox Sports 1, CBS Sports Network, Turner/NBA TV, and NBC’s family of networks. She was also a game analyst for the WNBA's Connecticut Sun.

Keep reading...Show less
Top 5 Christmas Movies To Keep In Rotation

Christmastime is here and what better way to spend the most wonderful time of the year than cozied up in blankets with a cup of hot cocoa watching a classic holiday film? Of course, there’s an almost overwhelming abundance of options available for one to watch during this time, but what makes Christmas particularly special is the return of tradition and nostalgia.

Keep reading...Show less
Exclusive Interviews
Latest Posts