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Alicia Keys Engaged to Swizz Beatz, Pregnant With First Child

Singer and producer set to get married later this year

May 28, 2010 10:32 AM ET

Alicia Keys' reps confirmed a pair of big announcements yesterday: the twenty-nine-year-old singer is engaged to her boyfriend, producer Swizz Beatz, and is also expecting her first child, according to Us . The news comes after months of speculation that the singer was pregnant. According to Us, Keys and Beatz, who have reportedly been dating since 2008, will wed in a private ceremony later this year. In related news, Beatz has recently finalized his divorce from R&B singer Mashonda, after the two split up in 2008.

News of Keys' pregnancy comes just as the singer approaches the final five tour dates of her European trek in support of Element of Freedom, which wraps June 6th in the Canary Islands off Spain. Keys will also perform at the World Cup kick-off celebration in South Africa on June 10th and take the stage on Good Morning America on June 25th. Her schedule clears up after that. Of starting a family, Keys said recently, "I absolutely am very interested in starting [one]. It is one of the most beautiful experiences to have in this life and I am looking forward to it when it is my time."

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