Life Alicia Keys was close to emotional breakdown through career By weekster Posted on 2 weeks ago 1 min read Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ In her new book ‘More Myself’, coming out next week, Alicia Keys writes about her lifelong emotional struggle with herself. “I based my life on the pursuit of perfection, which was very oppressive,” says the singer in the American magazine “People”. “When I looked at myself, I realized that I have put on a mask all my life” For example, she says that in 2006 she felt empty inside because of her great success. “I am a woman who wants to talk about truth and empowerment. But when I looked at myself, I realized that I have put on a mask all my life.” The 39-year-old American singer writes in her book that she was close to an emotional slump because of her stressful career. She also says that she found support and love with her husband, 41-year-old Swizz Beatz, whom she married in 2010 and had sons Egypt (9) and Genesis (5). But the struggles with herself and insecurities continued to pervade her life for years to come.