Last year Beyonce‘s album Lemonade came out and blew everyone’s mind (Becky with the good hair was fucked). Multiple theories of Jay Z‘s infidelity started doing the rounds, with rumours that her songs alluded to his cheating. Now Jay Z’s latest work, 4:44 also has tracks that are also based on his transgressions.
In a recent interview to the New York Times, the rapper-singer admitted to cheating as a result of “shutting down” his emotions –
You have to survive. So you go into survival mode and when you go into survival mode, what happens? You shut down all emotions. So, even with women, you gonna shut down emotionally, so you can’t connect. In my case, like, it’s deep. And then all the things that happen from there: infidelity.
He also spoke about the hurt he caused and how painful it was for his family –
Most people walk away. Divorce rate is like 50% or something, because most people can’t see themselves. The hardest thing is seeing pain on someone’s face that you caused, and then you have to deal with yourself. Most people don’t want to do that. You don’t want to look inside yourself, and so you walk away.
Bey and Jay are doing better though, as they’ve used their music as therapy to try and resolve their marital problems –
We were using our art almost like a therapy session. And we started making music together. And then the music she was making at that time was further along. So her album came out as opposed to the joint album that we were working on. It was uncomfortable. But I was really proud of the music she made, and she was really proud of the art I released. At the end of the day we really have a healthy respect for one another’s craft. I think she’s amazing.
She is amazing! She’s the queen.