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Complicated Couples: How Celebs Make Their Blended Families Work



It’s a happy ending no one saw coming — Swizz Beatz, his current wife Alicia Keys, and his ex-wife Mashonda Tifrere, co-existing, co-parenting, and loving each other through the entire process.

The threesome (non-sexual, obvi) told their story of healing and growing on Good Morning America, while simultaneously promoting Mashonda’s new book “Blend.” As implied by the title, the book explores how she was able to put hurt, anger and allegations of infidelity aside in order to blend their families effectively — Swizz has an 11-year-old son with Tifrere, and he and Alicia have two young sons ages 8 and 3. Beatz has two additional children (Prince 18, Nicole 10) from previous relationships.

It’s great to see Mashonda, Swizz and Alicia put their differences aside in the best interest of their children. And luckily, many other celeb families have done the same:


Kimora Lee Simmons had two daughters (Ming Lee & Aoki Lee) with ex-husband Russell Simmons. A few years after their divorce the gorgeous model had a son (Kenzo Lee) with actor Djimon Hounsou (the record shows they were never legally married). And then after they separated, Kimora married financier Tim Leissner and had one more son (Wolfe Lee). And guess what, all these folks get along. It’s not out of the ordinary for KLS to be spotted with an ex and their respective children or for everyone to get together for a vacay or dinner. It’s blending to the max and Kimora is the blueprint.


It took years, like yearssss, but Kevin Hart, his ex-wife Torrei, and his current wife Eniko, have finally found a peaceful way to co-exist and co-parent. Torrei had always been very vocal about the fact that Kev wasn’t a faithful man during their marriage, and that Eniko was one of his sidepieces, but now all of the Harts have put that behind them and often spend family time together. Kev and Torrei have two kids, Heaven (13) and Hendrix (10). Eniko welcomed her first child (Kenzo Kash), Kevin’s third, last November.


Wonder why Will Smith is always so happy? Just look at the amazing women around him! Before marrying Jada Pinkett Smith, over 20 years ago, Will was first married to Sheree Fletcher and the couple had a son Trey (25). Not too long after the marriage fell apart Smith wed Jada and they had two children, Jaden (20) and Willow (18). And although they’re all one big happy family now, the blending took some time and a whole lot of humble pie. Jada and Sheree opened up about their road to harmony during Pinkett-Smith’s Facebook Watch show, “Red Table Talk”, where Jada admitted, “I probably should’ve fell back.”

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