"I’m feeling really good, really strong this time around," Keys says of her second pregnancy. "I feel very confident and comfortable." With a due date of Dec. 31, the star only has a few months left to go, but she is feeling well prepared. "The whole family is excited, we are all ready. My son is so excited to be a big brother! He's excited that he’s not going to be the youngest anymore, and he has a really cool perspective about it. He’s always kissing my little belly and being all sweet, so I’m excited for him."
As far as her maternity style goes, the singer says it doesn't differ from what she normally wears. "Its basically the same, I don't think my style has really changed," says Keys, who keeps true to her edgy-meets-glam style. What's the one item she calls a maternity wardrobe staple? "I’ve been rocking a lot of leather jackets lately. I’m loving the leather jackets."
Held at the stunning Hammerstein Ballroom, the event raised funds for children and families with HIV/AIDS in Africa and India, and focused attention on engaging and mobilizing the next generation of AIDS activists. Hosted by Swizz Beats and Sean Combs, the gala drew a star studded crowd—both Kanye West and Madonna made surprise appearances, while guests were treated to incredible performances by Combs, Nas, Angel Haze, David Byrne, as well as Keys herself. Givenchy’s artistic director, Riccardo Tisci (pictured below with West and Madonna), was honored by Keep a Child Alive for inspiring new and compassionate ways of thinking, challenging discrimination, and breaking cultural barriers in the fashion industry and beyond.
"Being a mother has definitely furthered my passion for Keep a Child Alive. It has really changed my outlook on just looking at issues going on all over the world Raising awareness for this cause is so important for me because its crucial that these children have a voice," Keys says. "Being a mother has given me tons of inspiration to go into the world and change it. Since becoming pregnant, my husband tells me to take it easy, but I can’t! I’m inspired to change the world—it is possible."
For more information on Keep a Child Alive and to find out how you can get involved, visit keepachildalive.org.