Jay-Z and Beyonce usually keep a tight lid on the happenings in their personal lives, but with both of their latest album releases, they’ve opted to be a bit more open with fans. Beyonce kicked things off with her Lemonade album when she raised speculation about the possibility of Jay-Z cheating on her. Then, he basically confirmed the speculation with the release of his 4:44 album. Amid the cheating controversy, Beyonce only opted to express herself lyrically, but Jay-Z has been a lot more vocal, actually speaking out about the challenges they’ve faced during their 10-year marriage. In fact, the famed rapper recently appeared on The David Letterman Show revealing a vulnerable side of himself most fans rarely see.
Marriage and Mistakes:
During the interview, Jay-Z and David Letterman both recalled incidents where they both found themselves at the center of controversy. According to the Washington Post, the famed rapper used that particular moment to reflect on his own shortcomings. Toward the end of the interview, David Letterman dived into the seemingly complex aspect of the discussion. “You and I have one other thing in common, and I have to be cautious how I articulate this,” Letterman said. “A few years ago, I got myself into some trouble, and the situation was my responsibility and my fault,” Letterman continued. “I did something that I had no business doing, and I regret it, and since then I have tried to acknowledge that mistake and be a better person.”
Letterman continued to reflect on the damage his situation caused and how he’d hurt the ones he loves. “At the time, the pain that I caused myself was the fear that I had blown up my family,” Letterman told the rapper. “I never talked to a person who had been in that situation. And I’m wondering if this rings a bell with you.”
After Letterman shared his truth, Jay-Z chimed in with a few brutally honest statements about himself. The rapper explained how his upbringing shaped his emotional stance as a man. Jay admitted there were a few aspects of love and emotion he had to learn through trial and error. “For a lot of us, especially where I grew up and men in general, we don’t have emotional cues from when we were young. Our emotional cue is ‘Be a man. Don’t cry,’ ” he said, mentioning his song “Song Cry,” in which he raps: “I can’t see ’em coming down my eyes, so I gotta make the song cry.” He continued, “It was my way of saying I want to cry, I want to be open, I want to have the emotional tools that it takes to keep my family together,” Jay-Z said. “Much like you, I have a beautiful wife who was understanding and who knew I’m not the worst of what I’ve done.”
Survival After A Downfall:
Jay-Z admitted it wasn’t easy for him and Beyonce to get back on track, but with lots of hard work, they were able to find their way. He credited therapy for the repair of their marriage. “We did the hard work of going to therapy,” Jay-Z added. “We love each other, so we really put in the work for years.” Because of that, Jay-Z said: “I like to believe we’re in a better place today. I’m proud of the father and the husband that I am today.”
He also offered a bit of advice and words of encouragement for those who on the verge of giving up on love. “Let me stick with this and come through the other side. I see how that looks.” Kudos to Jay-Z and Beyonce for pushing forward amid opposition. Best of luck to the famed couple.