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Why Did JAY-Z Cheat On Beyonce? The Rapper Opened Up In A New Interview

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There are a lot of different types of couples in today's spotlight: Couples we root for, pairs we don't understand, just plain adorable matchups, and the undeniable Hollywood royalty. Only a few people fall into this "royalty" category — it's an exclusive club. However, when it comes to the music world, Beyoncé and JAY-Z reign supreme. That's why it was so shocking when the rumors of infidelity were confirmed in both Bey and JAY-Z's albums. Why did JAY-Z cheat on Beyoncé? The rapper opened up about the sensitive topic during a recent interview with The New York Times' T Magazine.

Basically, our entire lives and ideas about love came crashing down when Beyoncé released her visual album, Lemonade, on April 23, 2016. Critically renowned as one of her greatest pieces of work, it was mostly a sh*tstorm directed at JAY-Z for cheating on her.

Her sixth studio album and second visual album contained lyrics like,

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Let's not forget burning the term "Becky" into our everyday lingo.

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Lemonade was a bad*ss album that put JAY-Z right in his place. YOU BEST BELIEVE THINGS WERE NOT GOOD AT THE CARTER HOME, SIS.

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In response to Lemonade, JAY-Z released 4:44 on June 30, 2017. His 13th studio album is deep. It really delves into the rapper's personal problems, his childhood, and more. Obviously, he addressed his own infidelity. In the title track, "4:44," JAY-Z says,

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Why anyone would cheat on Beyoncé is honestly beyond me, but at least he owned up to his mistakes.

Jay-Z got more personal about these rocky moments in his marriage while speaking with T Magazine. The rapper opened up about going to therapy where he learned, "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."

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He explained that growing up in the Marcy projects of Brooklyn required going into "survival mode." Specifically, that means shutting down emotionally, and that has affected his relationships. He rationalized,

As far as the timing of albums, Beyoncé and JAY-Z actually spent a lot of time in the studio together. He said,

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JAY-Z described the reaction to each other's songs as "uncomfortable," but the "best place is right in the middle of the pain."

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No matter what, JAY-Z assures that both he and Bey have immense respect for each other's music. He gushed,

As far as divorce, JAY-Z explains that the key to keeping his marriage afloat was dealing with his own issues.

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Obviously, no marriage is perfect. Beyoncé and JAY-Z work overtime to keep things on track. I'm glad they are able to move forward from infidelity, but it definitely doesn't sound easy. This is why they will always be Hollywood royalty.

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