Swizz Beatz’s Ex Mashonda Tifrere Opens Up About Co-Parenting with Her Ex and His Wife Alicia Keys

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Mashonda Tifrere‘s upcoming book, Blend: The Secret to Co-Parenting and Creating a Balanced Family, is sharing insights into her co-parenting journey with ex-husband Swizz Beatz and his wife Alicia Keys — showing how, rather than a divided family, they created something loving and new.

“Six years ago, my [then] 5-year-old son asked me why his father and I didn’t like each other anymore. I realized that he was reacting to our lack of communication and unity as parents. It was a wake-up call,” the artist and singer, 40, said to PEOPLE in an exclusive statement for the book’s cover reveal.

“Co-parenting and blending is a universal topic and many don’t know where to begin,” Tifrere added. “This book will serve as the inspiration and blueprint that is needed to raise emotionally and mentally healthy children.”

Both 39-year-old music producer Swizz Beatz — with whom Tifrere had son Kasseem, now 11, before their 2010 divorce — and singer Keys, 37, contributed to the book. Together, Swizz Beatz and Keys have sons Genesis Ali, 3, and Egypt Daoud, 7½. (He is also father to daughter Nicole, 10 this month, and son Prince Nasir, 17.)

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“With a dedicated chapter for fathers written by Swizz and a heartfelt foreword penned by Alicia, the three of us are raising our voices to help generations of families worldwide,” Tifrere said. “I’m certain that the book will become a toolbox for mindful parents all over the world.”

Beyond personal stories, Blend also provides advice from parenting experts, therapists and “other blending families,” according to the press release.

“We had no real choice,” Tifrere told Essence in 2016, about the importance of creating a balanced environment for the kids and adults. “Having [Swizz and Alicia] involved means the world to me.”