Relive Alicia Keys's Love Story With Swizz Beatz in Honor of His 44th Birthday

One of music’s cutest and most talented pairs, Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz, haven’t always been the loved-up, carefree couple they appear as today. In fact, if we rewind to their early romance, it involves a bit of scandal.

The piano-playing Grammy winner actually met Swizz Beatz — whose given name is Kasseem Dean — when they were both teenagers, she told Marie Claire UK in 2013. It wasn’t love at first sight, though. “Everything with him is really over the top. I used to see him and think, ‘He is so annoying,'” she told the magazine.

And while her team tried to get her to work with the producer and DJ professionally, she resisted because she just didn’t vibe with him. Once she gave in, though, it went better than she expected, and she told Marie Claire UK that they “had a ball” together.

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