Singer Alicia Keys “didn’t really like” her husband Swizz Beatz when she first met him because he was really “annoying” and too boastful.
The 33-year-old singer used to find the rapper – who she has now been married to for three years – “annoying” because he was always showing off by speeding around in his top-of-the range car and wearing chunky jewellery.
Speaking in an interview with Marie Claire magazine, she said:”Swizz will have the fastest car, the biggest jewellery, the loudest jacket; everything with him is really over the top. I used to see him and think, ‘He is so annoying.’ ”
Alicia – who first met Swizz when she was a teenager after they were introduced through a mutual friend – claims the 34-year-old hip-hop artist was the inspiration behind her ‘That’s When I Knew’ track – which is from her fifth studio album ‘Girl On Fire’ – because the lyrics describe how “all of a sudden” she fell in love with him.
Alicia – who has a two-year-old son Egypt with Swizz – explained: “‘That’s When I Knew’ is definitely an ode to my husband… Honestly I didn’t really like him that much. I thought he was too ostentatious.”
Alicia believes she and her husband have a great relationship because they have been able to teach each other new things and grow together.
She said:” I think we’ve taught each other a lot. He’s taught me to live more fully and I think I’ve taught him to live more deeply.”