Jay-Z Finally Opens Up About the Pain He Caused Beyoncé Following Cheating Scandal

Apparently, they were working on an album together about it.

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It's been over a year and half since the release of Beyoncé's infamous 2016 album Lemonade, and Jay-Z is finally opening up about the pain he caused Beyoncé with his infidelity (opens in new tab) in a recent interview with T Magazine (opens in new tab)The rapper talks about how they channeled their pain into both of their albums, and admits they were *even* working on album together before Bey dropped Lemonade.

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"We were using our art almost like a therapy session. And we started making music together...And then the music she was making at that time was further along. So her album came out as opposed to the joint album that we were working on," he admits (opens in new tab). "We still have a lot of that music. And this is what it became. There was never a point where it was like, 'I’m making this album.' I was right there the entire time."

Jay-Z also reveals the release of their albums was "uncomfortable" but necessary.

"The best place is right in the middle of the pain...and that's where we were sitting. It was uncomfortable. And we had a lot of conversations. You know. [I was] really proud of the music she made, and she was really proud of the art I released. And, you know, at the end of the day we really have a healthy respect for one another's craft. I think she's amazing."

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He even mentions the "D" word continuing,"You know, most people walk away, and like divorce rate is like 50 percent or something ’cause most people can’t see themselves. The hardest thing is seeing pain on someone’s face that you caused, and then have to deal with yourself."

So yes, there is in fact a Beyoncé/Jay-Z album that exists on this earth. Let's not forget the amazing piece of art that was "Bonnie and Clyde," and how incredible it would be if the pair blessed us with a full-on collab. Here's hoping. 🙏

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