alicia keys on watching 11-year-old son egypt perform

Alicia Keys On Watching 11-Year-Old Son Egypt Perform: ‘He’s Definitely A Natural’

Alicia Keys’ 11-year-old son Egypt is a boy on fire!

Keys, 40, spoke to People (The TV Show!)‘s Kay Adams in this week’s issue about watching her son grow up, especially when he is taking the stage, just like his mama.

In an adorable moment that aired on her YouTube Originals docuseries Noted: Alicia Keys The Untold Story, she and Egypt, whom she shares with husband Swizz Beatz, watch a clip from the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards, where Egypt accompanied Keys on piano as she sang “Raise a Man.”

As they both viewed the clip, the Keys grew emotional.

“I’m not the crying type, I’m really not,” she told Adams.

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“[But] you get so sensitive just [thinking] about how life goes on, and seeing him next to me and remembering that moment. That moment was the first time that he performed with me on stage, and I remember being completely so wrapped up in him being okay because I asked him to do it.”

Keys went on to share how at first, her son was not up for it — asking, “Do I have to?” But eventually, he agreed, which made Keys beyond nervous.

“I was so nervous for him that I remember at midnight the night before the show, I realized I hadn’t even practiced,” she said. “I remember all of this and I’m sitting there watching it with him and just…how I feel about him and seeing his growth and watching him go on stage and just completely own — it just hit me like a ton of bricks.”

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And while the mom of two is not sure if Egypt will pursue a career in music like his parents, she does want to make it clear she will support him fully if he does.

“He’s definitely a natural,” she said. “He’s been a natural since he was a baby, and he loves it, and I’m glad that he loves it. … He’s a lot like me. He’s the life of the party, he’s the one that kind of brings everyone together. He looks out for everyone, he’s that guy. And I love that about him.”

In addition to Egypt, Keys and Swizz Beatz (whose real name is Kasseem Daoud Dean) are also parents to 6-year-old Genesis.

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