Let’s face it, we all put our best face forward when it comes to how we present our relationships to the public. When it comes to celebs, that may be even more true because they’re under the microscope. We watch their every move, and sometimes lose it when they break up. Mary J. and Kendu, Jessie Williams and Aryn Drake Lee, Mariah and Nick Cannon, anyone? So one question we might ask is how do some celeb couples make it work? Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys spoke to Gayle King in their first interview together on CBS This Morning (this morning). With lots of laughs and goo-goo eyes, we were able to get a sense of how they keep their light shining!
After 8 years together the couple revealed they’ve never had a heated argument! So how do they approach sensitive topics? According to what they told Gayle, they communicate by saying, “I wanna talk to you about something.” (Worth a try, right?)
2) Swizz is not intimidated by Alicia’s power.
“You know, a lot of men are scared of powerful women. Right? And so I know she’s powerful, and she’s been powerful way before – before she even got here she was powerful,” Beatz said to Gayle. (Right on, bro!)
3) Making music is a family affair.
One key that seems to keep this family strong is music. Son Genesis, though only 7, made headlines when he created a beat for one of rapper Kendrick Lamar’s albums. Beatz said. “It was epic….I don’t even have a track on Kendrick’s album. I was jealous.” (When your mom has won 14 Grammy’s and your dad is a world-renowned producer, it kinda comes with the territory!)
4) Healthy competition?
When Gayle asked if the two share healthy competition Alicia answered, “You know, I would say no, because I feel that one of the things that really works about us is we’re very different. Even his style of music is different from my style of music….We complement each other as opposed to kind of ever in each other’s way….We don’t rock like that.”
5) Swizz is brutally honest.
So how do they make beautiful music in and out of the studio? “Swizz is brutally honest,” laughs Alicia. “Sometimes I have to ask him, ‘”Babe, could you, like, be a little sweeter with the way you gave that to me?”
6) Alicia roots for him!
“I was so excited,” Keys said of learning he wanted to attend Harvard. “I’ve been so invested in this journey with him….For the first time – I’ll never forget. We were literally in this room when he got the letter of acceptance. And it was, like, such a moment, because it was so powerful. Like, this dream that he had to do this. By the way, in order to do that, there’s a lot that’s required to even be accepted. He can’t just be like, ‘hey, I’m coming in.'” (Swizz was rejected from Harvard a few times before being accepted and eventually, earned a business degree!)
7) Swizz wants more kids.
When asked if a daughter is in their future, both laugh, with Swizz acknowledging that he’d very much like a daughter, and Alicia admitting that while “it would be a blessing” she’s not ready. Nonetheless, they have two sons, Egypt 8, and Genesis who is 3.
What are your keys to a healthy relationship?