After meeting Mashonda face to face, Alicia Keys will no doubt be on her best behavior in the childcare department.
Interviewed on Embrace Life Radio, Mashonda—who wed rapper/producer Swizz Beatz in 2004 and divorced him last year—dishes about sitting down in person with his new wife for the first time.
“It was very important for me to sit with her and just have her see how serious I was,” the No Panties singer, who has a son, Kasseem Dean, with Swizz, tells host Tiffani Walker of Alicia—who’s expecting Swizz’s child in November.
“I don’t think she would ever hurt him. I don’t think that his father would ever let her hurt him. It wasn’t about that.
“It was about, I need for this woman to see my eyes. I need her to hear my voice so she could feel how serious this is,” Mashonda says of Alicia, whose 2001 debut album, Songs in A Minor, snagged five Grammy Awards and sold more than 12 million copies.
“We spoke about nothing else but my son, and he was there, and I introduced him to her. I said, ‘This is your daddy’s friend.’ And he felt comfortable.”
When asked if Alicia made direct eye contact with her, Mashonda adds:
“Not really, not really. It was airy. It was a very airy moment. I couldn’t believe I was sitting there because it was a lot. It took some time.
“My ex and myself, we set up this meeting for this particular situation and he canceled and I cancelled and we both kept canceling because we knew it was a lot.
“Finally one day it just happened. I was like, ‘OK, I’ll be in the city,’ and he was like, ‘OK, we can make it happen today,’” adds Mashonda —who sued Swizz earlier this year for missing $334,000 in alimony and child support payments.
“So I got dressed, I got my son dressed, and it happened. We sat there at a small table, the four of us and it was pretty intense, but it was very airy.
“I was like, Wow, I can’t believe I’m sitting here with these two people after all of this!”
Click here to hear Mashonda’s full interview.