Blended families are very common nowadays. According to US Census stats 40% of married couples in America are stepcouples with at least one partner having a child form a previous relationship before marriage. And in fact 100 million Americans have a step relationship.
Singer and The Voice coach Alicia Keys is included in this demographic.
She is married and has two son (6-year old Egypt Daoud and 1-year old Genesis Ali) with producer/rapper Swizz Beatz (real name: Kasseem Dean) who also has a son 9-year old Kasseem Jr. with his ex-wife Mashonda; a daughter 8-year old Nicole with ex- singer Jahna Sebastian; and a 15-year old son Prince Nassir with ex Nicole Levy. It has been a not -so-smooth road, but today, all has been forgiven and to commemorate their blended family, Keys released a song dedicated to her blended family, but in particular, Mashonda.
In the lyrics, she also sings directly to her step kids. It’s a lovely song. There is a lot of buzz and commentary about it on the net. Have a listen: