Swizz Beatz’s ex-wife is so glad she forgave Alicia Keys

Mashonda Tifrere and Alicia Keysrefer to each other as “life partners.” But the two women were not always so tight. Back in 2009, Tifrere tweeted that Keys, 37, “contributed to the ending” of her marriage to Swizz Beatz. 

In her new book, Tifrere details how she made peace with her ex-husband and the 15-time Grammy winner and learned to coparent peacefully. (Tifrere and the rapper, 40, share son Kasseem, Jr. 11, while he and Keys have kids Egypt, 8 and Genesis, 3.)

“Alicia is extremely involved with my son,” Tifrere told Us Weekly at The Stephen Weiss Apple Awards in New York City. “She is not like the bonus mom or stepmom that’s just about literally, ‘alright, we’re picking them up at 2. No. She really shows up for parent teacher meetings. We plan trips to the park with all the boys.”

The brood even took a trip to Egypt in August. “It was Alicia’s idea,” the Blended author told Us. “She wanted us all to be around the children.”

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Swizz Beatz (L) and Alicia Keys celebrate Swizz Beatz' birthday on September 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Swizz Beatz (L) and Alicia Keys celebrate Swizz Beatz' birthday on September 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys poses at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 25: Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys attends Alicia Keys Birthday Celebration at TAO on January 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 25: Honoree Alicia Keys (L) and Swizz Beatz attend the Producers and Engineers Wing 11th Annual GRAMMY Week Event Honoring Swizz Beatz And Alicia Keys at The Rainbow Room on January 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 25: Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys attend the Producers and Engineers Wing 11th Annual GRAMMY Week event honoring Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys at The Rainbow Room on January 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for NARAS)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 09: Alicia Keys (L) and Swizz Beatz attend Bacardi The Dean Collection: No Commission - Day 3 on December 9, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 3: Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys attend The Brooklyn Artists Ball 2017 at Brooklyn Museum on April 3, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Aurora Rose/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys attend the Tom Ford September 2016 New York Fashion Week show on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Killian/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys attend Keep a Child Alive's 13th Annual Black Ball at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Rapper Swizz Beatz (L) and singer-songwriter Alicia Keys attend the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
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Thanksgiving will also be a group affair. “We do an early [celebration] at my house,” Tifrere revealed. “Then we’ll take it over there.”

Earlier this month, Tifrere, the music producer and the Voice judge spoke about their blended family on an episode of Good Morning America. Tifrere, who split from Beatz in 2008, knew they had to bury the hatchet when the tension started to impact Kasseem. 

“He was, you know acting out in his own little way,” she explained. “He had some issues in school. He wanted to know why I couldn’t go see him at his dad’s house, and why can’t his dad come over and see his bedroom at our house.”

Tifrere knew something had to change. “We’ve got to do better, we’ve got to figure this out,” she mused on GMA. “Even if we don’t want to for ourselves right now, we have to do it for him, cause he doesn’t deserve this.”

Keys and Beatz tied the knot in July 2010.

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Portrait of singer Alicia Keys, New York, 2001. (Photo by Anthony Barboza/Getty Images)
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Alicia Keys, winner of multiple NAACP Image awards, including Outstanding Female Artist (Photo by Jason Merritt/FilmMagic)
Eli Harris and Alicia Keys at the Lower East Side in New York, New York (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
WASHINGTON - JANUARY 20: Alicia Keys performs during the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball on January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama is hosting ten Inaugural Balls this eveing. Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States today, becoming the first African-American to be elected President of the US. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 06: Alicia Keys attends the Chanel Ready-To-Wear Fall/Winter 2012 show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Grand Palais on March 6, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 28: Alicia Keys attends the 98th Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
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US singer Alicia Keys performs during the 13th music festival Mawazine in Rabat on June 7, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Alicia Keys and Swizz Beats attend the 8th annual Keep A Child Alive Black Ball at the Hammerstein Ballroom on November 3, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Swizz Beats and Alicia Keys attend 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Costume Institute Gala on April 2, 2011 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Swizz Beats and Alicia Keys attend the screening of 'Five' at Skylight SOHO on September 26, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: (L-R) Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz peform at Webster Hall on December 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 04: Alicia Keys attends the 2014 Essence Music Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
RABAT, MOROCCO - JUNE 7: American singer Alicia Keys performs during the last day of 13th Mawazine Music Festival on 7 June, 2014. (Photo by Mustapha Houbais/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Alicia Keys performs during the outside broadcast of the MTV EMA's 2014 at on November 9, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/Getty Images for MTV)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Singer Alicia Keys arrives at Unite4good And Variety Host 1st Annual Unite4:humanity Event on February 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Singer/songwriter Alicia Keys attends the 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' New York Premiere on April 24, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: (Exclusive Coverage) Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz speak onstage during Keep A Child Alive's 11th Annual Black Ball at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Child2014/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: Singer Alicia Keys attends the 2014 DVF Awards on April 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Alicia Keys' 'Blue Moon: From The Journals Of Mama Mae & LeeLee' Book Release at Barnes & Noble Tribeca on November 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 7: Alicia Keys appears on CBS This Morning with Norah O'Donnell, Charlie Rose and Gayle King on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 for the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Heather Wines/CBS via Getty Images)
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