Today in Hip-Hop: Swizz Beatz Marries Alicia Keys
On this day, July 31, in hip-hop history...
The two reportedly met in their teens, but didn't have a romantic relationship with one another until 2008. After finalizing his tumultuous divorce with R&B singer Mashonda Tifrere that year, the veteran hip-hop producer took his friendship with the Grammy-winning songstress to the next level and began dating publicly.
According to old accounts, Beatz proposed to Keys one day before her 29th birthday in January 2010. During their Hawaiian vacation, the Bronx beatmaker proposed with a seven-carat diamond ring. The two New York City natives married one another at a private home in Corsica, a French island off the Mediterranean Sea, six months later. Famed author and public speaker Dr. Deepak Chopra wed the two as guests such as Queen Latifah and U2's Bono watched them exchanged vows.
In a recent interview with Cultured Magazine, the musicians shared how they maintain balance in their marriage. “Where I’m weak, she’s strong—and vice versa. We always talk about how we don’t own each other," Swizz explains. "She owns herself, I own myself, but we come together and have this amazing family. We established that early, both coming out of long relationships. We knew what had worked in our past relationships and what hadn’t. We came to the table a little knowledgeable for this round.”
The wedded pair are also vested art connoisseurs. Together Swizz and Alicia launched The Dean Collection some years back, which is a multitude of family-owned contemporary pieces focused on supporting living artists.
Happy anniversary, Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys!
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