Alicia Keys, Husband, Husband’s Ex Say They Are One Big Family


By Victor Trammell and Nomalanga Mhauli-Moses

Photo credits: ABC/Good Morning America

Soul singer Alicia Keys (pictured center), her husband Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean (pictured right), and his ex-wife Mashonda Tifrere (pictured right) all recently appeared on Good Morning America to clear up rumors about serious friction boiling over insisting they are one happy “blended family.”

It all started in mid-2010 when Dean (a rap producer and music executive) married Keys almost immediately after he finalized his divorce with Tifrere in May 2010. However, May 2010 was also when Keys announced that she was engaged to Dean and pregnant with his child.

Keys and Dean formally tied the knot in July 2010. They have two sons together. Tifrere (a former R&B singer who Dean used to executive produce) also has two children fathered by Dean. Though Tifrere and Dean first announced their break up in 2008, word circulated about Keys being a “homewrecker.”

Vibe Magazine even published an article in September of 2009, which talked about some heated tweets Tifrere made about Keys, accusing her of “causing [me]  so much pain.”

However, Tifrere has always tried to be diplomatic in interviews when asked about Dean’s marriage to Keys immediately after he divorced her. There has been so much written and published by national tabloid news sources, which suggests that there has covertly been all-out drama between the three over the past eight and a half years.

To perform their version of damage control, Tifrere, Keys, and Dean all recently spoke with co-host Michael Strahan on Good Morning America to clear the air. They discussed how they all have manage a blended family, co-parenting, as well as other forms of adult life that occur when marriages end and others begin when there are children involved.

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