Mashonda is singing a new tune these days, and it’s one of happily co-parenting with her ex-husband Swizz Beatz and wife Alicia Keys.
The seemingly happy blended family took kiddies Egypt and Kasseem on a family vacation to St. Barts, where Mashonda posted videos of Swizz playing with the kids in the sand. Adults who understand that all three parties have to co-parent the children in a healthy, loving environment saw this as major progress, considering Mashonda’s open letters and accusations of Keys being Swizz’s sidechick while the two were married.
But the photo that made the record scratch was Swizz kissing Alicia Keys while Mashonda sat right next to them on the beach lounge chairs. Hold up, wait. Did that just happen?
Mashonda and Swizz’s divorce was finalized in 2010, but the two separated in 2008 after four years of marriage. Mashonda also made it very clear through Twitter and interviews that Alicia Keys contributed to their divorce. Her exact words: “My concern with AK is no longer the fact that she assisted in destroying a family but that she has the audacity to make these selfish comments about love and wanting to be with someone, even after knowing their situation.”
But that was nearly five years ago. Everyone has obviously moved on and want to do what is in the kids’ best interest.
The kiss between Alicia and Swizz was to be expected. It’s a vacation and they are married. While it may seem incredibly insensitive to some, Mashonda seems to be unbothered. There’s no way Mashonda agreed to go on a family vacation and didn't expect her ex to not be cuddly with his wife.
What were the other options? Mashonda could’ve declined the vacation and let her son go without her, but perhaps she wanted to spend time with their son as a family. Alicia Keys and Swizz could’ve walked on eggshells, only showing PDA in privacy, which is unrealistic. Anyone that’s been on vacation with someone they’re in love with knows this just doesn’t happen.
If all parties have truly moved on and harbor no resentment, then the sting Mashonda would’ve felt seeing this five years ago is probably no longer there. And if they like it, we love it.
Do you think the kiss was taking it too far or is this just mature adults making a blended family work? Sound off!
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