Despite previously insisting that Alicia Keys had nothing to do with the dissolution of his marriage, Swizz Beatz now openly admits to being involved with the singer.
In the lyrics to his remix of Drake's "Best I Ever Had" Swizzy proclaims:
Wake up in the morning and my baby cooked me breakfast/A's naked wearing nothing on but a necklace.../Yeah, she say she wanna treat me like a king/ I get big gifts so the money ain't a damn thing/She gave me a party at the Guggenheim ? /What's next? The ring? The baby? She really loves me!
And the affair has gotten so hot that the NY Daily News did a little investigating this weekend and got the producer to talk about his lady love. Swizz ended up telling them that yes, he's in love with Keys, and yes, she did throw his birthday party at the museum:
"But we're nowhere near ready for a baby or a ring," laughed Swizz, aka Kasseem Dean. "This whole song is not about Alicia. The part about her cooking breakfast for me naked ? she never done that for me."
Swizz says he didn't want to talk about Keys till now because, "What we have is so precious."
Of course there is no discussing the Swizz Beatz/Alicia Keys love affair without bringing up his flagging marriage to singer Mashonda.
"When he told Mashonda he was dating Alicia, I think she got jealous," says a friend of the couple.
After filing for divorce this February, Mashonda is currently seeking interim support for their 2-year-old son, Kasseem Jr., arguing that Swizz has slashed his payments.
"He's been tightening the screws on her," says a friend of Mashonda. "It's becoming intolerable. Meanwhile, she's seen the charges for jewelry he's bought Alicia in France."
During the winter, the heat in Mashonda's Westchester mansion went out. "Swizz wouldn't repair her heat," says her friend. But a pal of Swizz argues, "The house is 30,000 square feet. The heat didn't work in one wing, not where Mashonda and Dean slept. Swizz had been paying all of their bills. On top of that, he was giving her $5,000 a week. His advisers felt that was too much, so now he pays her $3,500 a month, on top of the bills.
"Swizz has put settlement offers on the table, but Mashonda won't say what she needs. She just came back from Paris and London. She drives a Bentley Flying Spur and a Cadillac Escalade. I don't think life's too bad for her."
Mashonda's friend argues that she's resisted his offers "because he's been less than forthcoming about his true financial picture."
Swizz's lawyer, Dan Rottenstreich, insists, "He has taken care of her and his son above and beyond what's required."
Says Mashonda's attorney Bernard Clair: "An application is pending before the court, where the facts will be developed."
My spidey sense tells me that Mashonda will be earning a LOT more than $3500 a month by the time this divorce is final. Whoever told J.Lo that "Love Don't Cost A Thing" was dead ass wrong. Swizz is sitting on a huge fortune in publishing dough, not to mention a pretty pricey art collection.
One person who has managed to fly below the radar in all this is longtime Keys collaborator Kerry "Krucial" Brothers who was in a relationship with Alicia for nearly a decade. Brothers has been back in the studio working with Keys on her next album. Clearly he's not letting their personal issues affect his stash. Hold your head Kerry! As for Alicia, do you think she'll lose any fans over this mess? It doesn't seem to have stopped her thus far. What do you guys think? Is Alicia Keys a "Superwoman"? Or should she be ashamed for singing "If I Was Your Woman" to Mashonda's man? Talk to me y'all!
And before I forget -- Happy Belated Birthday to the lovely Janet Jackson, who turned 43 this past Saturday May 16th.