*Swizz Beatz took to Instagram in defense of his wife Alicia Keys amid a steady stream of backlash over her decision to go makeup-free last spring.
He’s truly confused by people who have gotten riled up over the fact that someone else chose not to wear makeup.
“Not your face, but they didn’t put makeup on their face, because they just didn’t feel like wearing makeup,” he said. “But you mad because that person didn’t put on makeup to please you?”
Listen to his entire expression of befuddlement below, via Page Six:
In May, Keys told the website Lenny Letter that a photo shoot for the cover art of her single “In Common” inspired her decision to go makeup free.
In a photo shoot for the album, she was inadvertently forced to face her insecurities head-on. The singer arrived to the shoot post-gym — no makeup, hair wrapped in a scarf and under a baseball cap — and the photographer insisted on taking her picture like that. “I have to shoot you right now, like this! The music is raw and real, and these photos have to be too!” Keys recalls the photographer saying.
That very image became the artwork for her recent single “In Common,” and, Keys says, it’s the most beautiful she’s ever felt. Her husband, Swizz Beatz, also posted a makeup-free image of Keys from a recent Vanity Fair shoot that shows her freckles up close and personal.
“I hope to God it’s a revolution,” Keys wrote about the no-makeup movement her “In Common” artwork has spawned. “‘Cause I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing.”