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By Oluwatoyin Adeleye

Jay-Z hinted on his last album, 4:44, that he had cheated on his wife Beyonce, and she confirmed it, saying ‘you better call Becky with the good hair’ in her own album, but the music icons have never come out to say outright that he stepped out on her.


That changed on Wednesday when the 47-year-old hip hop legend sat down with Dean Baquet from The New York Times for a very revealing chat.

Jay-Z not only admitted that he had been unfaithful to his wife of nine years and mother of his three children, but he also said that therapy kept them from getting divorced.

Jay-Z started talking about the infidelity when he addressed the scars he still has from his past, which led to him push away his wife.

He said: “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.”


Jay-Z covers New York Times T magazine

Jay also took the time to talk about those scars and how he has faced them with the help of therapy.

“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 a… you’re at such an advantage.

“You know, you realize 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.”

Credit: NY Times

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