In an interview with The New York Times, Jay-Z finally admitted to his infidelity. The in-depth interview with the Grammy Award-winning rapper was published on Wednesday, November 29th. The conversation touched upon Jay’s 2017 album 4:44, his relationship with his mother, O.J. Simpson, and his marriage to Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.
The musician began by saying that he has struggled with emotional pain for much of his life, and that it’s affected his relationships with other people. However, he also noted that therapy helped him understand his own emotions and behavior.
Both Jay and Beyonce’s most recent albums are part personal confession, part therapy sessions. They individually spoke about getting hurt, hurting each other, and repairing their love. The Times interviewer, Dean Baquet, directly asked Jay-Z how he initially felt about Beyoncé singing about their personal lives (her album Lemonade, came out in 2016, a year ahead of his album).
Jay-Z noted the back-to-back albums weren’t consciously meant to be a “he-said-she-said” scenario. Even so, he admitted that listening to each other’s music was an uncomfortable experience for them both.
You can watch the full sit-down interview between Baquet and Jay-Z here.