Well, who knew Mashonda had it like that! She looks beautiful on the latest cover of Kings Magazine. The ex-wife to famed producer and Alicia Keys current husband, Swizz Beatz, talks moving on since her divorce, being on VH1’s current hit reality show ‘Love & Hip Hop’ and dating again.
KING: Can you explain the “Loyalty” tattoo on your hand?
MASHONDA: I got it a year after everything started going downhill. It’s a reminder to me that I have to be loyal to myself for once.
I was so loyal to everyone, and I totally forgot about me. This is what it represents—it represents loyalty to self. Now I have to do things that I love to do, and I have to make myself happy, because I don’t really agree when people say, “I need a man ’cause I want to be happy,” or “I’m not happy because I don’t have a man.” That’s not where it starts. Happiness starts from within, and that’s in my focus.
KING: You’re also focused on Love & Hip-Hop. So the show does not revolve around you.
MASHONDA: Exactly. I did a few episodes [first], then ended up doing a lot of episodes because the chemistry was perfect with me and Emily. I ended up being a recurring guest, and it worked out perfectly, because I’m on the show and people get to see me and hear my stories. But it’s not like a character that’s 100 percent there.
KING: Who is admiring you nowadays? Have you’ve been hitting the dating scene lately?
MASHONDA: I have. I recently went on a date, and it was incredible.
KING: Sounds like homeboy is getting a call back.
MASHONDA: Yeah, definitely.
She looks gorgeous!