Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz and his ex-wife Mashonda Tifrere are closer than ever after years of perceived tension due to Swizzy’s 2010 marriage to the “Girl On Fire” singer. Many have even referred to the 15-time Grammy winner as a “homewrecker,” as Swizz rapped about his relationship with Keys while still married to Mashonda in 2008.
Tifrere initially shared her distaste for how the couple handled things, but has since been spotted on multiple vacations with the pair and their children. In fact, the threesome have collaborated on everything from art shows and holiday gatherings to Tifrere’s new book, Blend. Keys, 37, penned the forward while Beatz, 40, wrote a chapter.
These three aren’t the only celebs to handle co-parenting with grace and maturity. Check out four more ex-couples who moved beyond pettiness in the name of good parenting.
Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey are two of few celebrity exes who’ve perfected the art of co-parenting peacefully. In fact, many believe the former pair may be a little too close, as Mariah’s boyfriend, Bryan Tanaka, was reportedly jealous of their bond.
Jada Pinkett-Smith welcomed her husband’s eldest child’s mother, Sheree Fletcher, to her Facebook talk show, Red Table Talk, this spring. The popular episode featured the two moms gushing over their children and having a meaningful conversation about co-parenting. Pinkett-Smith even apologized for flirting with the Oscar-nominated actor before he and Fletcher officially called it quits.
The road hasn’t always been smooth for the Hart family when it comes to co-parenting. In fact, first wife Torrei and current wife Eniko got into a social media spat in 2016q over whether or not Eniko “wrecked” their home. The two have since been able to keep things cordial for the kids. Kevin and Torrei share daughter Heaven, 13, and son Hendrix, 10. Kevin shares 10 month old son, Kenzo, with Eniko.
Lil Wayne gets along amazingly well with all of his children’s mothers, but his connection to eldest daughter, Reginae’s mother, Toya Wright, is particularly notable because of their history. The pair were teenage sweethearts before marrying in 2004, only to divorce in 2006.
“I think we’re doing a great job of co-parenting,” Wright once told HipHollywood. “Wayne is very involved in [Reginae’s] school life, he’s very involved in her music career… We’re both on the same page.”
Wayne also shares children with radio broadcaster Sarah Vivan, actress Lauren London and singer Nivea.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.