*After Alicia Keys and now husband Swizz Beatz got together, there was just a little fuss about the singer being a possible home wrecker. In fact, many praised the union and totally dismissed the producer’s previous marriage.

But now that things are on recovery mode from  (his) divorce, the whispers that eventually turned in to screams needed to be addressed.

The singer opened up in Essence magazine about why she ain’t one to claim that kind of fame.

“We didn’t start seeing each other until months after they had separated,” Keys told Essence. “I was aware of all the false things that were being said about me it definitely hurt.”

Things weren’t exactly pretty when the two got together. The now settled Mashonda used all of her might to ensure the world saw Keys as the devil she thought she was. She blamed the singer for destroying her family.

Avoiding any media attention, Keys never replied back to Mashonda, stating:

“I was sure that if I engaged it would become back-and-forth like some sick entertainment, which goes against everything I believe and would have made things worse.”

But things are better between the two mothers and they’ve accepted each other’s roles in their children’s lives.