Vibe magazine recently released more images from its cover shoot with megastar Alicia Keys. The singer-actress-philanthropist snagged the cover of Vibe’s ‘Global Issue’ and is opening up about her charity work, motherhood, new music, and her much-talked-about marriage to Swizz Beatz.

Last week we shared an excerpt of Keys’ interview in which she explained how she and Swizzy, her self-described soul mate, met.

AK and Swizz explain:

“It was the craziest thing,” says Dean, leaning forward in his chair. “We had a work lunch with some people, and I get home and look in the back pocket—”

“My credit card was in his pocket,” Keys finishes the story, eyes wide. “Why was my credit card in his pocket?”

One explanation might be that he’d grabbed it by accident when they split the check, but that would be too prosaic. They saw the credit card debacle as a sign, the first of many. Well, second, if you count the time, 14 years ago, when they first met and Dean tried unsuccessfully to get her number from his friend. “It wasn’t our time yet,” he says with a smile.

At 31 Keys has achieved massive success–selling millions of records, racking up awards, and starting a charity that has done amazing work to fight the spread of HIV/Aids. But as she told the folks over at Vibe, it has come with a price.

“Let’s just say I’ve been very uncomfortable,” she’d said a few days earlier, curled up on a squishy red sofa in a recording studio. “I’ve been brave enough to be uncomfortable.”

*Check out the full interview when the May issue hits newsstands April 14. 

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