Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz’s Relationship Timeline.

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Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz first met as teenagers in New York City

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz were meant to be.

The pair first met in the ’90s in New York City when they were just teenagers. Although they didn’t hit it off then, the “Girl on Fire” singer and the music producer reconnected in 2008 for a music project and have been inseparable ever since. The couple went on to tie the knot in 2010 and welcome two sons: Egypt and Genesis. Keys is also stepmom to Beatz’s kids from previous relationships: son Kasseem “KJ” Jr., son Prince Nasir and daughter Nicole.

Over the years, the musical power couple have shared many glimpses into their relationship with fans. When they are not posting loving tributes to one another, the proud parents are showing off their kids’ musical talents.

“You’re truly my everything, my Love,” Beatz wrote to Keys on their 10th wedding anniversary.
From creative collaborators to life partners, here’s everything to know about Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz’s relationship.

Keys and Beatz, both born and raised in N.Y.C., were first introduced by mutual friends when they were just teenagers — Keys was 14 and Beatz was 16. In her memoir, More Myself, Keys wrote that she was uninterested in Beatz at the time and it remained that way for years.

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The two artists were brought together again years later when they collaborated on a music project in 2008, which is when Keys began to change her mind about Beatz. “The more we talked the more I noticed how his mind worked,” the singer wrote in her memoir. “Beyond the baggy jeans and arm tats there was depth. He was so aware of what was happening around the world.”

The couple reportedly began dating in the fall of that year

Keys and Beatz had already been romantically linked when they were spotted cozying up to each other at a friend’s birthday party at N.Y.C.’s Juliet Supper Club in March 2010.

After quietly dating for nearly two years, Keys and Beatz announced in May 2010 that they were engaged and expecting their first baby together.

Around the same time, Beatz’s divorce from ex-wife Mashonda Tifrere, whom he separated from in 2008, was finalized. The year prior, Tifrere wrote an open letter to Keys on Twitter, publicly accusing the singer of breaking up her family. Both Keys and Beatz denied the accusation. In her 2018 memoir, Tifrere wrote that she regretted publicly speaking out against Keys, explaining that her past behavior was fueled by “ego” and a “need for validation.”

Keys and Tifrere have since reconciled and now share a close friendship as they co-parent their blended family together.

In June 2010, the newly engaged couple took a trip to South Africa, where they participated in a traditional Zulu ceremony to bless their baby on the way.

The ceremony took place in Durban, South Africa, and was performed under a fig tree for its healing properties. Keys donned traditional jewelry and a blue robe, while she and the baby were given Zulu names. Keys’ mother, Teresa Augello, and brother, Cole Cook, were also present for the ceremony.

Keys and Beatz welcomed their first child, Egypt Daoud Dean, on Oct. 14, 2010, in N.Y.C.

Ahead of Egypt’s birth, Beatz spoke to PEOPLE about the pregnancy and the couple’s decision to not find out the sex. “Whatever we’re blessed with, that baby is being born to blessed parents,” he said. “Alicia is definitely one of those great parents-to-be. She’s super ready. Super glowing. Super happy.”


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