Alicia Keys in Marie Claire UK July 2013: I Didn't Really Like My Husband That Much

Alicia Keys in Marie Claire UK July 2013: I Didn't Really Like My Husband That Much

With her Set the World on Fire Tour in full swing, Alicia Keys graced the cover of Marie Claire UK”s July 2013 issue.

The “Empire State of Mind” songstress looked absolutely enchanting for the tropical photo shoot while opening up about her marriage and how she keeps up with her tough schedule.

Check out GossipCenter”s recap of Miss Keys” interview below. For more, be sure to visit Marie Claire UK!

On her marriage inspiring one of her songs:
“”That”s When I Knew” is definitely an ode to my husband… honestly I didn”t really like him that much. I thought he was too ostentatious. I think we”ve taught each other a lot. He”s taught me to live more fully and I think I”ve taught him to live more deeply.”

On how she stands her ground:
“You have to speak up. To say, “I don”t like that, it”s not cool, don”t do that to me,” but it”s not easy, especially with people you love. I think getting older has made me evolve in a lot of ways and made me more relaxed about saying how I feel, not matter what.”

On learning how to juggle her busy life:
“I realize you have to have a balance – you can live life and have more experiences as well as working.”

On her other career choices:
“I fell in love with directing. Because first of all, I didn”t have to get up early for make-up and second, I”m a very diplomatic individual.”