This vacation photo may have caused some controversy a few months ago, but producer Swizz Beatz is telling the press that his wife and ex-wife have no beef with one another.


“I thought that was a very positive message but even in that, they want the waters to be dark,” says Swizz of the media’s response to the picture of Mashonda spending time with him and wife Alicia Keys. “They want the clouds to be black. They (blogs) were saying all kinds of things. ‘Oh, MaShonda stupid. Alicia is stupid.’ This and that. I said no, there is kids involved. We got to go to graduations for a long time. We got to go to games for a long time, you understand?”

The producer also comments on his and ex-wife Mashonda Tifrere’s relationship as it stands today. “Our personal things that we went through in the past, that’s the past,” shares the celebrity. “It’s going on five years already.”

Contrary to many critics who accused Mashonda of being the third wheel in the Deans’ vacation plans a few weeks back, Swizz tells media that his ex-wife didn’t go out of her way to be in St. Barths with them. “Mashonda didn’t fly over there, she happened to be over there already and she wanted to see our son. What are we going to say, no? My wife is not like that. You want to see our son, yeah come, we here, let’s go. That’s how it is. It’s not this big wrestling match like everybody think it is.”

Beatz tells the press that he, Alicia, and Mashonda are more mature and focused on the kids these days. “Everybody has graduated to a very mature level and I can definitely respect that because even myself,” explains the producer. “It was a lot of frustrating times for us and to see this thing come together to a positive place I think that’s what people should focus on.”

Swizz added, “It’s not how you start, it’s how you end it and these two amazing women are coming together for the kids like, you know what, it can be a positive message in this moving forward. Everything don’t have to be what you see on TV, this, that and the third. There’s other sides to our culture that’s pretty cool.”



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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