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Jay Z Gets Candid About Cheating on Beyonce: 'You Shut Down All Emotions'

Jay Z Gets Candid About Cheating on Beyonce: 'You Shut Down All Emotions'

Jay Z is opening up about his infidelity in a candid new interview.

Songs from Jay‘s album 4:44 and his wife Beyonce‘s album Lemonade both reference the cheating rumors, but this is the first time either of them have talked about the reports outside of their music.

Jay confirmed in his New York Times piece that he did cheat on Beyonce.

“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 that happen from there: infidelity,” he said.

Jay added that it was hard for him to reflect on what happened in his marriage. He said, ” Most people walk away. Divorce rate is like 50% or something, because most people can’t see themselves. The hardest thing is seeing pain on someone’s face that you caused, and then you have to deal with yourself. Most people don’t want to do that. You don’t want to look inside yourself, and so you walk away.”

“We were using our art almost like a therapy session. And we started making music together,” Jay said about the joint album that they created.

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  • Casey C

    the people that walk away tend to be the ones cheated on, not the cheaters. nice way to make yourself sound like such a brave great guy, that you faced up to the fact you fucked around. bravo. well done. asshole. you didn’t walk away because you guys sold yourselves as the power couple and you’re worth tonnes more together than apart. that’s it

  • disqus_KwgiMZNJ54

    not to be so superficial… but looks-wise…i don’t understand why she even chose him to begin with

  • Amber

    She should’ve left his ass.

  • Shlomo Teittleman

    he belongs in prison

  • NerdyBirdy

    DOUCHE!! i hope he loses at the grammys

  • duh!

    Lol chill out Casey….u should NEVER put that much passion into other people’s relationship

  • SaraJ

    I will never think of Beyonce as that strong female role model again. She stayed with a cheating jerk – while she had a baby and during miscarriages.

  • Casey C

    money and power. he had the reputation in the business that she needed to succeed

  • Kim

    I hope that one day ‘strong women’ won’t be so forgiving to their cheating husbands. If even someone like Beyonce takes her husband back then it does kind of set an example that apparently a man can yet again get away with this. Of course I don’t know all the ins and outs of their relationship, but someone has big as Beyonce will take back her cheating husband then sadly a lot of non famous women will follow her example and take back their cheating husbands and boyfriends.

  • Melyssa

    I disagree. Forgiveness is a personal choice, you can be strong enough to stay or strong enough to leave.
    As far as I’m concerned, even if I am a big fan of her, my decisions about a situation like this would never be influenced by a artist or a famous personalty. I do hope people have boundaries with celebrities.

  • Kim

    Definitely true about hoping people have boundaries with celebrities. But I do think Beyonce has a lot of women looking up to her and if Beyonce takes back her cheating husband it does give a certain message. Of course we don’t know details and what else happens. But it just strikes me that yet again a famous role model takes back a cheating man. She remains an amazing artist of course ;) But it is just my personal opinion and it just saddens me a little that people cheating get away with it so often. x

  • Snyder187

    Now she suckseed and another woman too.

  • Snyder187

    Strong women are single

  • Stoni

    Half the time I don’t even understand what him and Kanye are even saying. Lol