Jay-Z has admitted he cheated on his superstar wife Beyonce after some time of rumour and speculation.
The rap legend had dropped hints in some of his recent releases that he was unfaithful to his wife, but he has finally revealed all in a chat with Dean Baquet from the New York Times.
The rapper and entrepreneur also admitted that his time in therapy kept the so-called ‘power couple’ from getting divorced.
He touched on his difficult friendship with Kanye, though he insisted he will always love West despite their little spats.
Speaking about his infidelity, he said:
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.
The cheating was addressed by Beyonce on her landmark album Lemonade, and also alluded to on Jay’s 4:44, though that was not always the plan.
According to the Grammy winner, they were meant to make a joint album as a sort of therapy.
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…
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.
But the best place in the hurricane is in the middle of it. The best place is right in the middle of the pain.
And that’s where we were sitting. And it was uncomfortable. And we had a lot of conversations.
[I was] really proud of the music she made, and she was really proud of the art I released.
And, you know, at the end of the day we really have a healthy respect for one another’s craft. I think she’s amazing.
Jay admits he’s learnt from his mistakes and said he has gained an awful lot from the experience.
He says this understanding has caused him to ‘soften’.
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 realise that if someone’s racist toward you, it ain’t about you.
On Tuesday, it was announced Jay-Z had been nominated for eight Grammy Awards for the 2017 season.
The ceremony will take place on January 28 in Madison Square Garden.