Alicia Keys opens up about co-parenting and keeping her family together.
In an interview with ABC News’ Michael Strahan, Keys expressed how her family celebrates the holidays. “Our family’s one big beautiful family. We love each other. I mean, we hang out with each other. We go to dinner together,” said Keys.
Keys who is married to music producer #SwizzBeatz share a blended family with his ex-wife #MashondaTifrere. “It is a beautiful partnership,” she added. “And that is really, really special. I’m very, very proud of that.” Keys went on to highlight that co-parenting with exes is “a real thing, and it’s possible.” At first, it wasn’t easy, Swizz and Tifrere didn’t initially get along following the divorce which greatly affected their son, Kasseem Jr.
“He was, you know, acting out in his own little way,” Tifrere told “GMA.” “He had some issues in school … he wanted to know why I couldn’t go see him at his dad’s, and why can’t his dad come over and see his bedroom at our house.” Tifrere referred to the change as “a wakeup call.” “Like, we’ve got to do better, we’ve got to figure this out,” she said. “Even if we don’t want to for ourselves right now, we have to do it for him, cause he doesn’t deserve this.”
While it was difficult in the beginning, Tifrere eventually grew more comfortable and talked about her experiences in a new book entitled “Blend.” Keys contributed by writing the forward and Swizz wrote one of the chapters. Beatz called Tifrere’s move “a very positive step forward.” Tifrere said it wasn’t easy and the family’s struggle was very well hidden.
Tifrere added that a lot of people “see us here now, loving each other, co-existing and getting along, but there’s a whole middle that they didn’t see.” “And that’s where we all put the work in,” she added. “We worked on ourselves individually. We worked on our relationship. We healed. We healed our children. We gave them an opportunity to see us growing. And that’s the real blend.”