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Alicia Keys Autobiography Reveals Abortion Thoughts When She Conceived Her Second Baby

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By Rima Pundir

Along with many other singers like Elton John, Lady Gaga and Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys also sang on the iHeart Living Room Concert for America that aired live on FOX on Sunday, March 29, to raise money to fight this pandemic. Though she has been in the news on and off for many things, her latest autobiography brings in some surprising struggles when it came to her second child that mirrored what Keys' mom must have gone through when she was pregnant with Keys.

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Alicia Keys Had Second Thoughts About Her Second Pregnancy

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Married to hip-hop artist Swizz Beatz, Keys is now mother to two sons. Her older son, Egypt Daoud Dean was born in October 2010, the same year she and Beatz got married, in July. Early 2014, Keys got to know that she was pregnant again, and this time it was unplanned and not very welcome. In her autobiography, Keys mentioned how she was not ready for it at all and shared this with her doctor to discuss further options about it.

The Timing Was All Wrong At The Time

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In an excerpt from her autobiography, titled More Myself, shared with People magazine, Keys told the doctor, "‘This is the worst time ever. I’m working on my next album. My husband just got into Harvard Business School. And I’ve been drinking—a lot." Keys was worried that taking a year off to have the baby and being on a sabbatical would put off her album, and somehow it felt very urgent and all-important to her at the time. Torn, Keys said she found the solution in a song.

A Song She & Beatz Co-Wrote Gave Her Strength

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Keys said that she was still mulling over about what to do when she listening to a song she and Beatz had written and performed. The song was "More Than You Know" and in the chorus were the lines that made in impact on her, "Cause baby we can do, ooh / More than we know / And baby, baby ooh, ooh! / There’s more than we know.” And suddenly, for Keys, it all seemed clear. How could they not have the baby! And this is how, in December 2014, Genesis Ali Dean was born.

This Was A Choice Keys' Mother Faced Too

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In her book, Keys also talks about the same struggle that her mother, Teresa Augello faced when she conceived Keys. Augello too grappled with thoughts of abortion before choosing to keep her baby, and this is how Alicia Keys was born on January 25, 1981. In fact, Keys' father, Craig Cook, left her mother and her when Keys was only two years old, and there have been years when Keys and her father did not have a relationship. This is one celebrity who has faced plenty of turmoil and come through a winner.

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