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Jahna Sebastian, the mother of Swizz Beatz‘s five-year-old daughter Nicole, has granted very few interviews regarding her past with the producer and husband of Alicia Keys. In a recent chat, the London-based singer and Russian immigrant cleared up details regarding her time with Swizz Beatz and claims she had no idea he was married during their time together.

In an exclusive interview with our partners, Madame Noire, Sebastian unflinchingly answered questions regarding her past relationship with Swizz Beatz and left little doubt to the extent of their dealings then and now.

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“I don’t want to be associated with those women who look out for a rich man, a baller or any other successful man to help them have an easy ride in life,” the singer/songwriter told me. “That behavior is totally the opposite of who I am and what I represent, I have always chosen to get what I want through hard work myself, even though there have always been great men around. I have always relied on myself. I work hard for my career and my child.

Unlike the way it is now, the single mother explained that her former lover’s personal life was nowhere near as publicized as it now at the time of their relationship. In fact, Jahna says that his personal life was so under the radar in the UK, that she had no idea he was even married.

“I was not aware of him being married at the time, I thought he was single like myself and he acted like a single man,” the “I Am Free” singer explained. “He was not that well-known here anyway at that time, his private life was nowhere near as publicized in 2007 as it is now.”

Sebastian says she didn’t know Swizz Beatz was still married to Masonda Tifrere, the mother of their son, Kasseeem Dean Jr. She says she kept the existence of Nicole hidden as to not make matters tense for Swizz Beatz and his wife. After some time when she realized it was time to address the situation and allow Swizz Beatz ino their daughter’s life.

“We [Mashonda and I] have been in contact for a few years. She did not know that Nicole and I even existed until July 2009 when she and Swizz got the letter with the news at the same time. It was after some time since the divorce had already been filed for other reasons. She is a great mother and a nice person,” said Sebastian.

Sebastian isn’t looking for any handouts, and has found success as a music artistand studio owner while embracing her role as a single mother with pride. She has said that Swizz Beatz sees his daughter three to four times a year and that they’re forging a relationship.

Read the full story of over at Madame Noire.

Photo: Madame Noire/Jahna Sebastian