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By Rob Kenner (@boomshots); Photography by Gavin Bond;

Alicia Keys covers the newest issue of Complex Magazine Dec 2012 issue and shares an intimate glimpse into her new life as a mother, wife and as she puts it “my new self”. The “Girl On Fire” singer also got in front of the camera for a beautiful and classic photoshoot, one that may be her best photoshoot ever.

Here’s what she had to say about motherhood:

“Motherhood was a big part of me breaking free. Before I gave birth to Egypt, there was a certain energy of wanting to fix things. Women want to clean stuff up before the baby comes. I refused to be in any circumstance that would give negative energy to this. That was what pushed me over the edge. It was becoming a woman. I was a girl, and now I’m a woman.”

Here’s what she had to say about people saying she has changed:

“Becoming my new self, some people didn’t understand me anymore. Some people who I knew for years—we couldn’t be on the same page anymore. That’s OK because that’s part of growing, too. The hardest thing is to trust yourself, to know that what you’re feeling is valid. A lot of times we dismiss our feelings. I realized that I can trust myself and say, ‘No, I’m not comfortable with that.’ That was the toughest part. When I finally had the bravery to do that, that’s when I started to feel on fire.”

Alicia’s album “Girl On Fire” releases Nov. 27th! Read more of this interview and more photos from her shoot here.


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