That changed on Wednesday when the hip hop legend, 47, sat down with Dean Baquet from The New York Times for a very revealing chat.
The New York-born entrepreneur not only admitted that he been unfaithful to his wife of nine years, but the Young Forever singer also said that therapy kept them from getting divorced.
He also touched on his difficult friendship with Kanye West, but went out of his way to insist he will always love Kim Kardashian’s husband and that they will laugh at these spats when they’re 89.
Jay Z started talking about the infidelity when he addressed the scars he still has from his past. Those scars led to him push away his wife, 36.
“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,’ he said.
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.”