As the most famous family in the modern music industry, Beyonce and Jay-Z often find themselves being the subject of media attention. Whether they’re out and about in public or attending an awards show together, you can guarantee they’ll have photographers and journalists observing their every move.
So, when Bey released Lemonade in 2016, the press was hot on Jay-Z’s case about “Becky with the good hair”.
Rumors about the couple’s relationship circulated for a while but, since the couple now have three children together, it seemed that they had resolved their differences – presumably after a lot of groveling from the Family Feud artist.
However, since he finally fessed up to his “infidelity” in November last year, interest in their relationship sparked up again. Now, in an interview with CNN, the Brooklyn-born rapper gave some more details on his affair, and how he and Beyonce managed to patch things up instead of just letting everything fall to pieces.
In an interview with CNN’s Van Jones, Jay-Z is asked: “What is it about this marriage that is so special that you would fight this hard to save it?”
And without a moment’s thought, the rapper says:
“[Beyoncé] is my soulmate, the person I love. You can love someone, and if you haven’t experienced love or understand it or have the tools to move forward, then you’re gonna have complications. Period. You can either address it or you can pretend until it blows up at some point.
“For us, we chose to fight for our love, for our family, to give our kids different outcome, to break that cycle for black men and women…
“We were never a celebrity couple. We were just a couple who happened to be celebrities. Real people.”
Van Jones then goes on to ask, “What advice would you have for men who have caused pain in marriages?”
“The best policy is changed behavior, right. And then also you have to acknowledge the pain and let that person have their say. You have to get on the floor, get on the mattress,” he says.
“You have to really work through it, and really be honest, and it takes a while. It’s hard. It’s very difficult. It’s difficult to hear, it’s difficult to say, it’s difficult to listen to that sort of pain.”
All this, he says, is worth the effort, because “on the other side, it’s beautiful”.
Of course, Jay-Z has spoken publicly about his past discretions without prompt before. On his track, 4:44, he says: “Look, I apologize/Often womanize/Took for my child to be born to see through a woman’s eyes.” Then, on Family Feud, he uses the lyrics: “Yeah, I’ll **** up a good thing if you let me / Let me alone, Becky / A man that don’t take care his family can’t be rich.”
And, if the snaps of the pair from last night’s Grammy’s are anything to go by, it seems that they’re back to being the loved-up power-couple that we all know and love.
Sure, Jay-Z messed up when he cheated on Beyonce – but at least he has acknowledged those mistakes, and is doing all he can to be a better husband, a better father, and a better man.