Cheating rumors are nothing new to celebrity couples, especially when it comes to Beyoncé and JAY-Z. The media has speculated that the rapper had cheated on her since their infamous 2014 Met Gala elevator fight, and her album Lemonade definitely fanned the flames, too! But after years of rumors, JAY-Z has finally set the record straight and confirmed the cheating rumors were TRUE after all!
The music mogul sat down with New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet and admitted that he had been unfaithful to his wife of 9 years. "You have to survive. So you go into survival mode, and when you go into survival mode, what happens? You shut down all emotions," he said. "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.”
Though JAY-Z never elaborated on the identity of "Becky," the woman Beyoncé says he cheated with in her song "Sorry," he did explain how her hit album affected him. "Of course," he said when asked if hearing Lemonade had caused him pain. "And both very, very uncomfortable, but the best place in the, you know, hurricane is, like, in the middle of it.”
It was heartbreaking to hear JAY-Z admit he cheated on Beyoncé, but he also revealed some pretty exciting news in the candid interview. The rapper confirmed another pressing rumor, that he and Beyoncé were working on a joint album! He didn't go into detail about it, but he explained that the two were working on it before Beyoncé released Lemonade. "It happened—we were using our art almost like a therapy session. And we started making music together. And then the music she was making at that time was further along," he said. "So her album came out as opposed to the joint album that we were working on. Um, we still have a lot of that music."
Wow, this is a lot to take in. But we're happy to hear that JAY-Z and Beyoncé were able to work it out. Plus, we can't wait to hear more about their joint album!
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