Here's what Jay Z said about the circumstances leading up to him cheating on the queen that is Beyonce.
“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.”
The Carters didn't sit down and have a conversation about what they each had revealed about their relationship in their albums, but instead used the music as a sort of therapy session.
Jay Z explained, “It happened — we were using our art almost like a therapy session. And we started making music together.”
He said that it was definitely difficult listening to each other’s work and confronting their emotions about the situation. He said “[it was] Very, very uncomfortable, but […] the best place in the, you know, hurricane is like in the middle of it…We were sitting in the eye of that hurricane.” He concluded, “The best place is right in the middle of the pain.”
He said that he was proud of the music Beyonce was making, even though much of it was talking about her anger at him.
“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,” he said.
Jay Z said that he is thankful that his marriage is still intact after they faced the obstacle of his infidelity.
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… So, you know, most people don’t want to do that. You don’t want to look inside yourself… And so you walk away.
Even though many people are praising Jay Z for his honesty, others are still infuriated at him for cheating on his wife in the first place.
Either way you see that issue, you’ve got to give Jay Z props for endorsing therapy and the way that it can positively affect peoples’ lives. There’s still so much stigma tied to therapy and mental illness, so it is refreshing to hear celebrities remind us that therapy is helpful and always a good thing. Everyone should go to therapy.