After Beyonce's groundbreaking album, 'Lemonade' came out in April of 2016, people suspected that Jay Z had cheated on Beyonce. No one had really confirmed or denied the rumors after the album's release, but it was clear that Beyonce was throwing major shade and calling *someone* out in a big way. Then, when Jay Z released his album '4:44', these rumors grew stronger as people thought that he had referenced the suspected cheating in the title track. Now, Jay Z has finally admitted to cheating on Beyonce and opened up on how it happened.
Jay Z opened up about his marriage, music, and what it is like to be a black man in Trump's America in a New York Times interview.
He got unexpectedly honest and revealed that he’d been struggling with different issues for a long time.
He told the New York Times about his experience with therapy:
I grew so much from the experience. 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 happen. Oh, you got bullied as a kid so you trying to bully me. I understand.
People were impressed by his honesty and the fact that he talked about how helpful therapy can be.
Jay Z said that it wasn’t until he went to therapy that he realized why someone would act the way that he did. He said that after he talked through with a therapist, he was able to see situations with more empathy and realize that people react certain ways because they are hurting.
He went on to say that specifically, a lot of the fights that he had seen while growing up started because someone was hurting.
He saw a lot of fights, outbursts, and disagreements differently after going through therapy. He taked about specific times where fights on the street started because someone got angry because they thought someone else was looking at them.
You don’t want me to see your pain. You don’t … So you put on this shell of this tough person that’s really willing to fight me and possibly kill me ’cause I looked at you. You know what I’m saying, like, so … Knowing that and understanding that changes life completely.
It helped him realize where his own emotions and others’ emotions were coming from.
He talked about how his upbringing would be much different than kids'.
He’s trying to make sure that they grow up being loved and learn how to have empathy for other people who don’t have as much as they do. He doesn’t want them to have to struggle as much as he did, but he wants them to understand that not everyone has the advantages that they do because he is their dad.
He said that Beyonce started working on 'Lemonade' before he started working on '4:44.'
Jay Z opened up about how it felt to listen to ‘Lemonade,’ and finally opened up about the cheating that almost ended his marriage.