Jay-Z has admitted to cheating on Beyonce for the first time in an interview about his life.
The 48-year-old told a US Magazine that he’d built up walls due to issues from his childhood. He blames this for his infidelity.
“The hardest thing is seeing pain on someone’s face that you caused, and then have to deal with yourself,” he said.
The couple had both hinted about it in their music.
“You have to survive,” he said. “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.”
He hinted that they could have got divorced but he’d had therapy to help him deal with his past experiences.
“You know, most people walk away, and, like, divorce rate is like 50% or something ‘cause most people can’t see themselves.”
In 2013, rumours came out that the rapper had been cheating and then there was #elevatorgate when Solange Knowles attacked Jay-Z, while sister Beyonce stayed silent.
More recently Jay-Z’s album, 4:44, alluded to him being unfaithful.
He wrote: “Look, I apologize/Often womanize/Took for my child to be born to see through a woman’s eyes”.
A year before 4:44 came out, Beyonce sang about “Becky with good hair” on her famous album Lemonade.
“He only want me when I’m not there/He better call Becky with the good hair”.
Fans online fumed despite many suspecting the infidelity anyway before the recent revelations.
“What a twit Jay-Z is. Married to one of the most beautiful women in the world and he plays around. Some people are never satisfied. Shame on you, sir”, Martin Edward wrote.