Alicia Keys reveals she thought hubby Swizz Beatz was “annoying”
Speaking to Marie Claire UK, the ‘Girl on Fire’ singer opened up about her first impressions of the hip-hop artist.
“Swizz will have the fastest car, the biggest jewelry, the loudest jacket; everything with him is really over the top. I used to see him and think, ‘He is so annoying,’” the 32-year-old confessed.
“Honestly, I didn't really like him that much. I thought he was too ostentatious.”
In fact, it was only the persistence of her management team that landed her in the recording studio with him at all.
“I fought it tooth and nail,” she revealed. “Why should I work with him? Finally though, we did it and we had a ball.”
Married since 2010, the RnB songstress went on to credit her husband for giving her a more relaxed and positive outlook on life.
“'That's When I Knew’ is definitely an ode to my husband,” she said of the song from her fifth studio album.
“I think we've taught each other a lot. He's taught me to live more fully and I think I've taught him to live more deeply.”
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