Jay Z has opened up on saving his marriage to Beyonce.In an explosive interview with David Letterman he revealed they made a conscious effort not to get divorced .
David Letterman said:
You and I have one other thing in common, and I have to be cautious how I articulate this.”
“A few years ago, I got myself into some trouble, and the situation was my responsibility and my fault,” Letterman continued. “I did something that I had no business doing, and I regret it, and since then I have tried to acknowledge that mistake and be a better person.”
Facing blackmail threats in 2009, the married late-night host admitted to cheating on his wife, Regina Lasko, by having sex with female members of his staff.
At the time, the pain that I caused myself was the fear that I had blown up my family,”
Letterman told the rapper.
“I never talked to a person who had been in that situation. And I’m wondering if this rings a bell with you.”
Indeed, it did. Jay-Z said he didn’t have the emotional tools required for a marriage, but through therapy and Beyoncé’s support, he’s working toward gaining them.
“For a lot of us, especially where I grew up and men in general, we don’t have emotional cues from when we were young. Our emotional cue is ‘Be a man. Don’t cry,’ ” he said, mentioning his song “Song Cry,” in which he raps: “I can’t see ’em coming down my eyes, so I gotta make the song cry.”
“It was my way of saying I want to cry, I want to be open, I want to have the emotional tools that it takes to keep my family together,” Jay-Z said. “Much like you, I have a beautiful wife who was understanding and who knew I’m not the worst of what I’ve done.”
“We did the hard work of going to therapy,” Jay-Z added. “We love each other, so we really put in the work for years.”
Because of that, Jay-Z said: “I like to believe we’re in a better place today. I’m proud of the father and the husband that I am today.”
Jay-Z said he shares his story in case someone watching who has lost hope in a relationship relates to it and thinks,
“Let me stick with this and come through the other side. I see how that looks.”
“We didn’t see that. All we saw is people fleeing,” he told Letterman. “We just see people give up. The divorce rate is 50 percent. We never see people [who say] ‘Okay, let’s work through this. I love you; I love my family.’ ”