Jay Z admits cheating on Beyonce and reveals what saved their marriage

Publish Date
Thursday, 30 November 2017, 10:30AM
Photos: Getty Images

Photos: Getty Images

Jay Z dropped hints on his 4:44 album that he had cheated on his wife Beyonce.

But the Grammy winner has never come out and said outright that he stepped out on her.

That changed on Wednesday when the hip hop legend, 47, sat down with Dean Baquet from The New York Times for a very revealing chat.

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The New York-born entrepreneur not only admitted that he been unfaithful to his wife of nine years, but the Young Forever singer also said that therapy kept them from getting divorced.

He also touched on his difficult friendship with Kanye West, but went out of his way to insist he will always love Kim Kardashian's husband and that they will laugh at these spats when they're 89.

Jay Z started talking about the infidelity when he addressed the scars he still has from his past.

Those scars led to him push away his wife, 36. And that led to the cheating that she addressed in Lemonade.

"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 happen from there: infidelity," he said.

He has never named the woman he cheated with. Beyonce has called her "Becky with the good hair".

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First, she touched on his straying on Lemonade.

Then he addressed it on 4:44.

But he said that it was not planned that way and they were actually going to do a joint album.

"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."

He added: "We still have a lot of that music. And this is what it became. There was never a point where it was like, 'I'm making this album'. I was right there the entire time."

The music made them "very, very uncomfortable".

And Jay Z even hinted that they could have divorced.

"You know, most people walk away, and, like, divorce rate is like 50 percent or something 'cause most people can't see themselves.

"The hardest thing is seeing pain on someone's face that you caused, and then have to deal with yourself.'

Jay also took the time to talk about those scars and how he has faced them with the help of therapy.

"I grew so much from the experience," he said.

"But I think the most important thing I got is that everything is connected. Every emotion is connected and it comes from somewhere. And just being aware of it. Being aware of it in everyday life puts you at such a ... you're at such an advantage. You know, you realize that if someone's racist toward you, it ain't about you.

"It's about their upbringing and what happened to them, and how that led them to this point. You know, most bullies bully. It just happens. 'Oh, you got bullied as a kid so you trying to bully me'. I understand."

This article was first published on dailymail.co.uk and is republished here with permission.