Sunday 15 December 2019

Jay-Z on working past infidelity with Beyonce: 'For us, we chose to fight for our love. For our family'

The hip hop star has apologised for being unfaithful to his superstar wife.

2014 Met Costume Institute Gala – New York
2014 Met Costume Institute Gala – New York

By Laura Harding, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Jay-Z has spoken about mending his marriage to Beyonce after his infidelity.

The rapper, who apologised to his wife for his unfaithfulness on his latest album 4.44, said it was important to him to fight for their relationship.

He told The Van Jones Show on CNN: “It’s my soul mate, it’s the person I love.”

He added: “You can love someone but if you haven’t experienced love, and you don’t understand it and you don’ t have the tools to move forward, then you’re going to have complications and you can either address it or you can pretend until until it blows up at some point

“For us, we chose to fight for our love. For our family. To give our kids a different outcome. To break that cycle for black men and women.

“We were never a celebrity couple, we were a couple that happened to be celebrities. We are real people.”

On the title track of the record he rapped: “I apologise, often womanise. Took for my child to be born.  See through a woman’s eyes.

“Took for these natural twins to believe in miracles. Took me too long for this song. I don’t deserve you.”

The couple have a daughter, Blue Ivy, six, and twins Rumi and Sir, born in June 2017.

The musician, real name Shawn Carter, also shared his thoughts on the #MeToo movement, saying: “I believe everything happens for a reason, everything is a learning experience, the good, bad and ugly.

“This had to happen to purge itself. For men who have been in positions for so long, if you’re in that position of power, to abuse that power, you get drunk off success.

“It’s human nature if you go unchecked. It takes a really special person to have that sort of power and not wield it in the wrong way.

“It has to happen, this movement and everything that is going on and what we are finding out, it’s like everything else, it’s like racisim, it existed the whole time.

“It’s almost like we normalised it, the normalisation of the things we have to do to survive.

“For women to go to work knowing that this sort of abuse was happening every day, you can look logically and say, ‘Why would you stay there?’ ”

“What is the alternative? You have to survive in America. In order to survive you have to normalise it. So for it to get uncovered and the world to correct itself, this is what has to happen.”

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