An uneasy sex symbol, Keys’ early career was marked by gay rumors that were seemingly exacerbated by the singer’s decision not to publicly discuss her romantic life (in early 2012, queer musician Syd tha Kid reignited those claims).
But it turned out Keys was in a long-term, quasi-secret relationship with her musical collaborator Kerry “Krucial” Brothers.
Tonight, she’ll make her first appearance as a judge on NBC’s The Voice, a redeeming vehicle for once-embattled pop stars.
From Christina Aguilera (marriage scandal), to Usher (bitter child-custody battle); to Gwen Stefani (a public breakup with ex-hubby Gavin Rossdale); to Miley Cyrus (racial appropriation, lackluster twerking), the show has been a saving grace for several fading stars.
The DNC appearance and a slew of performances on summer awards shows seemed to mark Keys’ return to pop-culture relevance, after a few relatively quiet years out of the spotlight, save for a mini-arc on Fox’s Empire in 2015.
At the BET Awards in June, she sang a medley of new songs, dressed in boho garb and rounded bebop shades while she banged on a drum machine and crooned into the abyss of gape-mouthed amphitheater guests.
Styled in beaded cornrows, flowing scarves, and flared hip-huggers, she burst onto the music scene like a pop send-up of the ’70s jazz multi-instrumentalist Patrice Rushen.
Such a gorgeous, smart and talented star..never any man since her split from Krucial? In April 2009 they split, with Mashonda claiming that Alicia Keys came between them. )Indeed he's said Alicia did throw him a party at the Guggenheim and they do buy each other expensive gifts, and this week they were spotted together at a romantic dinner in St. Fame Pictures has identified the man in these photos as Alicia's ex Kerry "Krucial" Brothers, but we've seen pics of K, and this man is almost certainly Swizz.
Since the split Mashonda also has spouted off about her dissatisfaction with Swizz, saying that when he cut his payments to her from ,000 to ,500 a month, it seriously affected her quality of life. However, Swizz says he and Alicia aren't ready for marriage and babies just yet.
Unlike her previous relationship, Keys’ public forays with Beatz were well-covered by black gossip sites, an unavoidable outcome given her new partner’s high profile. ”) and Bossip posted early and often about the illicit romance: how Keys had rented out the Guggenheim Museum for Beatz’s birthday, how Swizz Beatz had bragged about the affair on Drake’s “Best I Ever Had” remix, and how Keys allegedly taunted Mashonda by tweeting, “Having a heated debate n the studio. N love is it better to go 4 the choice that is ‘SMART’ or the choice that has ‘SPARK’??
” The couple carried on despite the gossip, and despite Swizz’s wife’s efforts to publicly shame them.