Jay-Z is sharing even more with us about his marriage to Beyoncé.
He’s released Footnotes for 4:44 which goes along with his new album, currently available on Tidal.
In it, Jay opens up about the emotional toll the near-crumbling of his marriage to Bey took on him—and admits, yes, their problems were real.
“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 percent truth and it starts cracking. Things start happening that the public can see,” he says. “Then we had to get to a point of ‘Okay, tear this down and let’s start from the beginning … It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”
He also admits that trying to make the marriage work was harder than his childhood growing up in Marcy Projects in Brooklyn. Once on vacation with Beyoncé, they had a fight so bad he had to beg her not to leave.
“What is happening to my body right now? Did I just say … ‘Don’t leave’? All this is new for me,” he says.
He also played 4:44 before it was released.
“We just got to a place where in order for this to work, this can’t be fake. Not one ounce. I’m not saying it wasn’t uncomfortable because obviously it was.”
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