Just when you thought the drama that is Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz and Mashonda was settling down, Mashonda kicks up some dust. In a recent interview with Sister 2 Sister Magazine, slated to be released in October, Mashonda comments that Alicia wanted Mashonda and Swizz’s young son to call her “Umi” which means mommy in Arabic.
I can understand why this would piss Mashonda off. She already feels as though Alicia has replaced her and this is an even bigger insult. Now you want my child to call you Mom. In some situations the step mom has some sort of variation of the name “mom” for the child to call her. However this was not an amicable divorce. This step mom Alicia Keys was the mistress and has not been in the young boy’s life long enough to try to force a special role or relationship between her and him. Personally, I think that by doing that she is pushing herself on the child. Some people come up with other words for mom in order to maintain a level of respect between the step mom and child or to lessen confusion on the step mom’s role. However, I would not want my child calling anyone any variation of “mom” aside from me. Alicia would have gotten checked.
I can see from this interview that Mashonda has no shame in her game when it comes to telling what is going on behind the scenes. Somewhere Swizz is wishing she would shut the hell up I’m sure. Plus the child has already been rushed into a confusing situation, why add on more confusion by making him call a woman he barely knows a special title? I would be raising hell if another woman did this to me. You not only want my husband and my place but now you want my child? Hell no.
On Swizz and Alicia’s affair:
S2S: Were you guys dating other people before he got with Alicia? Were you guys separated?
Mashonda: We were married. Sleeping in the same bed and having sex every night while he was seeing Alicia. Okay? It was an affair. 100 percent. I don’t know why people want to change that rule so much. We had just had a kid, for crying out loud. Our child was 8 months. I found out about Alicia two days before my son turned 1. They had been doing their thing
for months before that.
On Why She Continues To Speak About It If She’s Moved On:
Mashonda: People ask me why am I still talking about this and why don’t I just leave it alone. I’m like, this is going to help
somebody. My story is a universal thing. This is not just something that only happened to me: This happens to women every day. Mine was just ugly. If I can help the next woman get through and be positive, then I’m going to talk about it.
On Alicia Asking Kasseem Jr. to call her Mommy:
S2S: You said that Alicia wanted your baby to call her Umi. How do you know that she said that?
Mashonda: My son told me.
S2S: And you told her that is not going to happen?
Mashonda: Yeah. I sent her an email and asked her to please respect what I am to him and its not right for her to think that is okay. She never replied. She doesn’t reply to me. She has never given me that respect.
S2S: What does Swizz say?
Mashonda: He said okay, he would stop it. He wouldn’t let her do it.
S2S: That would be kind of confusing for the child.
Mashonda: Oh, it is. It is so unfair to the child. I have been in contact with the little girls mother (the woman in England who has Swizz?s baby). She’s a young girl. She’s a spiritual girl. She apologized to me. I don’t even judge her. I can’t. She’s totally different than the other one. This other one knew. Alicia knew about me100 percent. Swizz introduced me at prior events. They were signed to the same record company. She knew. And I emailed her and asked her to stop doing what she was doing and she disregarded me. Just like she disregarded me when I asked her to not have my son thinking it was okay to call her mommy. You’re not his mom. You just met my son.
S2S: Umi is like mommy?
Mashonda: Umi means mommy in Arabic. I’m like no. And then after I spoke to the lady in London, she told me that she tried to get her daughter to call her umi as well.
S2S: She’s met the lady in London?
Mashonda: Yes. I’m glad she’s having her own child now because now she will have someone to call her umi.
Mashonda: Like, if you want to be a stepmother, that’s great. Be a stepmother. But don?t think that it’s okay to make a kid call you umi or mommy.
Is it time Mashonda let it go?
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