Written by Clement Oluwasegun
47-year-old rapper platinum rapper, Jay Z has admitted his marriage “wasn’t totally built on 100 per cent truth”.
“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 per cent 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.”
Married to Beyonce Knowles for nine years, his relationship had been more testing.
Recalling one holiday where he begged her to stay, he said:
“I was on a boat, and I had the best time. I was like, ‘Man, this is great.’ Then she had to leave. I was like, crushed. Man, I don’t even feel like this. What is happening to my body right now? I don’t even feel like this. Did I just say… Don’t leave?”
“We’ve been in that space where we just got to the place that in order for this to work, it can’t be fake – not once.
“I’m not saying it wasn’t uncomfortable because obviously it was, but because we’ve been doing it for so long it was less uncomfortable.”
Jay’s 4:44 title track which features an apology from him to Beyonce is an obvious reply to “Becky with the good hair” on Bey’s visual LP Lemonade.