Alicia Keys: My sons will ‘understand how magnificent women are’

March 9, 2017 GMT

Alicia Keys wants to raise her sons to “understand how magnificent women are.”

The 36-year-old singer - who has sons Egypt, six, and Genesis, two, with her husband and producer Swizz Beats - took to Instagram on Wednesday (08.03.17) to celebrate International Women’s Day, and vowed to teach her boys to honour women “like goddesses.”

Posting a black and white snap of herself with her youngest son Genesis, Alicia wrote: “I will raise my children to be beautiful human beings and powerful men who understand how magnificent women are. I believe that all women, all over the world, are beautiful, whole and powerful. They should be honored like goddesses, not just on International Women’s Day, but every day. We must continue to lift each other up, believe in ourselves and not hold back from this truth. #InternationalWomensDay (sic)”

Meanwhile, the ‘Girl on Fire’ hitmaker previously admitted being a parent has opened her up to a “new space” where she feels “strong” and “unafraid”, and the star has learnt to take the time to “listen” to herself, which she never used to do.


The ‘Fallin’ hitmaker said: “When you’re first figuring yourself out, you care so much about what people think of you. [But] Lately, I’ve been exploring my relationship with myself. It’s tripping me out!

“I’m in this new place. It’s growth, time, living, feeling and just ... being more.

“Once I became a mother I knew I was strong, but not ready to do what I’m doing now. If I had to attribute it to anything, I’d say that it’s taking more time to listen to myself. I never did that before and I think it’s opened up a new space in me; aggressive bad a*s, unafraid, uninhibited, calling it as I see it ... And not whatever else I used to be.

“I feel like it’s by design that I’m raising boys; like there’s a reason. I really feel that. They say that every child learns from their mother - it’s ingrained from babyhood.”