Alicia Keys tells W Magazine: “People fell in love with the real me”

Ever since she broke my heart by marrying Swizz Beatz, things just ain’t been the same between me and Alicia Keys. But I had to give her some shine on this one, cos she is still mighty foooooiiiiine! Ahem….

Speaking to W Magazine, Mrs Beatz talks about starting out her decade long career and the struggles she faced; “I just wanted to be who I was, which was like so many other girls I knew,” says Alicia Keys.

“We grew up in the city, had a hard edge and obstacles to overcome, but we were still young and beautiful. I didn’t want to be all dressed up, all made up—I wanted to be myself, which hadn’t been done before.”

“How terrible would it have been if I had come out with some watered-down version of who I am?” she says. “People fell in love with the real me, and I still feel blessed that that was how the journey began.”

Read the full article at WMagazine and ogle – I mean appreciate – the other photos below.