Jay-Z and wife Beyoncé have been transparent about the challenges they’ve encountered in their union in their award-winning albums and songs. And though some question the extent of truth and authenticity they share with the public, arguing that the power couple are solely on a mission to sell albums, there’s no denying the pair are an inspiration to many.
Jay-Z has now released an 11-minute video for his new album, 4:44, entitled Footnotes. In it, the rapper speaks alongside a group of black men, including Chris Rock, Jesse Williams, Aziz Ansari, Will Smith and Mahershala Ali. The group speak about relationships and the meaning of masculinity in our culture, reports Business Insider.
When it was Jay-Z’s turn, the artist shared how it felt having his marriage fall apart and having to build it up again in the public eye.
“This is my real life. I just ran into this place and we built this big, beautiful mansion of a relationship that wasn’t totally built on the 100% truth and it starts cracking. Things start happening that the public can see. Then we had to get to a point of ‘OK, tear this down and let’s start from the beginning.’ It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”
“We’ve been in that space, where, in order for this to work, this can’t be fake – not one ounce of it I’m not saying it wasn’t uncomfortable, because obviously, it was.”
He also recalls a time when he fought for his relationship and begged Beyoncé not to leave him. “What is happening to my body right now? he said. Did I just say: ‘Don’t leave?’ All this is new for me.”
We also saw Queen Bey open up in her album Lemonade, which dropped in April last year. The singer got personal, addressing all the elephants in the room. It was clear that everything wasn’t coming up all roses for the power couple, who welcomed twins earlier this month.
Jay-Z’s comments have made us realise that no relationship is perfect and it takes a whole lot of forgiveness and sacrifice to make a union work.