Back when Beyonce’s Lemonade album dropped, there were rumors circulating that Jay Z and Bey were working on an album together.
Turns out that was true. Jay discussed with T, The New York Times Style Magazine how the whole ordeal went down:
“It didn’t happen in that way. We were using our art almost like a therapy session. And we started making music together. Then the music she was making at that time was further along. Her album came out as opposed to the joint album that we were working on…And this is what it became. There was never a point where it was like, ‘I’m making this album.’ I was right there the entire time.”
Then as true artist couples do, Jay and Bey had many conversations regarding their relationship, all the while working on completing and releasing their respective albums, 4:44 and Lemonade.
It was no shock when Jay Z admitted to cheating on Beyonce. What was shocking was their reconciliation after her release of such a powerful album. Lemonade was so impactful, it made single women want to break up with their partners.
“You know, most people walk away, and like divorce rate is like 50 percent or something ’cause most people can’t see themselves,” Jay shares with The Times, “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.”
“The strongest thing a man can do is cry,” he tells interviewer Dean Baquet.
Though Jay’s song 4:44 alludes to his cheating on Beyonce, and Beyonce’s full Lemonade album implies her husband’s infidelity, making “Becky with the good hair” the number one dig of side pieces in 2016, this is the first time Jay has openly admitted to his unfaithfulness.
“There’s gonna be complications in the relationship that we have to get through. And the only way to get through that is we sit down and have a dialogue and say, ‘These are the things that I’m uncomfortable with. These are the things that are unacceptable to me. This is what I feel.”
Well in any case, we’re glad the power couple was able to work things out. Since the allegations, Beyonce has given birth to beautiful twin babies, taking their family of three to a family of five.
What can we learn from Beyonce and Jay’s story? Perhaps we can ditch the old phrase, “Once a cheater always a cheater,” it seems that Hov is serious about keeping his woman and their life together.