Jay-Z Reveals Why He Cheated On Beyonce
Beyonce and Jay-Z presented the picture of a perfect couple. From taking on the roles of a modern day Bonnie and Clyde in their song of the same name, to the moment that Jay decided that he liked it and so he put a ring on it, the world saw them as a power couple.
And so of course people everywhere were shocked when Beyonce's Lemonade album was released, as her songs hinted...not so subtly...that Jay Z had cheated on her.
We were all left wondering what on earth had been going on behind closed doors at the Bey-Jay mansion...I mean seriously, if even Beyonce can't stop her hubby from straying to "Becky with the good hair" then what hope is there for the rest of us?!
And while it remained something unspoken about for a long time, some 18 months after the album launch, Jay-Z has finally spoken out about why he cheated.
In an interview with T Magazine, the Grammy winning rapper spoke about the struggles the couple had been going through and revealed that talking to a therapist helped him understand why he was unfaithful.
"I grew so much from the experience," he said. "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...an advantage. You know, you realise 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 happens. 'Oh you got bullied as a kid so you trying to bully me.' I understand," he says.
"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."
While many people thought that the cheating scandal would inevitably lead to divorce, Bey and Jay seem to be stronger than ever, having just given birth to their twins Rumi and Sir in June.
But it wasn't all calm waters getting back to a happy place and Jay-Z actually released an album in response to Lemonade, 4:44. Jay explained in the interview that their music was "like a therapy session."
"The best place is right in the middle of the pain," he said.
"And that's where we were sitting. And it was uncomfortable. And we had a lot of conversations."
Jay also revealed that the hardest part about what he had done, was seeing how much pain he had caused his wife.
"The hardest thing is seeing pain on someone's face that you caused, and then have to deal with yourself."
While we may never forgive Jay-Z completely for cheating on our girl Beyonce, we are kinda thankful for the tunes that were produced because of it...ain't no woman ever felt as powerful as when singing "Tell him, boy bye."