It's a good duet." Usher has been single since splitting from TLC beauty Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas earlier this year, while Alicia refuses to discuss her love life - but was rumoured to be dating her producer, Krucial.
Alicia Keys’s studio is close enough to New York to allow her easy access to the city, but far enough away to mean the very private singer, songwriter, producer, actor, author and businesswoman can keep her distance.
After buying her out of her contract, Davis – whose track record included mentoring Janis Joplin and Houston – made her the first signing to his new label, and wrote a letter to Oprah Winfrey asking that she consider having the unknown Keys as a guest.
Keys has maintained sufficiently vigilant a guard on her personal life that while she has spoken of a previous long-term relationship, speculation as to who her partner was has been neatly evaded.'But I think that, in the past, there was a lot more of an extreme caution.I put up a wall against myself, and I know for a fact that I’ve purposely broken that wall down – for my own wellbeing and to be able to be connected to my feelings and my thoughts and my emotions, and not to have to put on this, kind of, emotionless armour.A charming, apparently easy-going young woman, she exudes calm, takes a genuine interest in conversation rather than pushing a predetermined agenda and is definitely making an effort to be more open: but it doesn’t seem to come naturally to her.She has a Twitter account, but uses it to dispense inspirational messages rather than detail her every waking thought.It was like Teflon, and really, I used to put it on all the time.But I don’t wanna be that person.’ At this point it’s worth noting that Keys has been speaking for about half an hour, but has yet to take off her sunglasses. It’s odd that Alicia Keys has worked hard to get rid of this 'emotionless armour’, since she’s famous for making music that relies on its ability to connect on an intuitive, emotional level.But recently she has been linked to – and photographed with – hip-hop producer Kasseem 'Swizz Beatz’ Dean, with whom she wrote Whitney Houston’s comeback single Million Dollar Bill.On Keys’s new album, The Element of Freedom, there is plenty of talk of heartbreak and confusion, but if there have been changes in her love life, she isn’t ready to elaborate.From the beginning I’ve had to juggle and weigh the silly things people say – and I’ve learnt that they’re meaningless and they’re mostly inaccurate.So I don’t worry about it, because there’s nothin’ for me to deal with.