Mashonda Tifrere 'Love and Hip Hop'Following a very messy and public divorce from producer Swizz Beatz, Mashonda Tifrere is slowly putting her life back together.

"Divorce is terrible for anyone, but when it's public, it's over the top," Tifrere tells PopEater.

The pair divorced in 2008, after four years of marriage, amid rumors that he had an affair with Alicia Keys. Although Tifrere had choice words for Keys at the time, she is singing a friendly tune now, claiming the two women are "totally cool" -- for the sake of her and Swizz's 3-year-old son.

"There is a child involved that everybody loves dearly, so we make it work for him," she says. "People need to come to terms for the child, and we're finally in a really good place now."

Putting the past behind her, she's stepping back into the spotlight -- on her terms -- starring in VH1's new reality show, 'Love & Hip Hop,' which features the female side of the New York hip-hop scene. And she says it's "nothing like the 'Real Housewives.'"