Jay-Z Explains Why He And Beyonce Didn't Divorce
Jay-Z is continuing his public admission of guilt in a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times.

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Jay-Z is continuing his public admission of guilt in a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times.

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Throughout their nearly 15-year relationship, Beyoncé, 35, and JAY-Z, 47, have seen it all. From elevator incidents and infidelity rumors to smash collaborations and adventures in parenting, the fiercely private pair continue to claim the throne of music’s First Family.

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Jay and Bey get married in a top-secret, super-intimate ceremony on April 4, 2008. JAY-Z confirmed his marriage to Bey in a September 2008 Vibe cover story.

That’s ridiculous for me to confirm, he told the mag. I don’t have … I’m gonna say, I think that was a ridiculous question. I just think it’s really a part of your life that you gotta keep to yourself … You have to, or you’ll go insane in this type of business. You have to have something that’s sacred to you and the people around you … I shared so much of my life, my childhood, and my family, the death of my nephew with the world. I should have something to hold on to. You need something for your sanity to say, Okay, I could chill out, and this is it."

Beyonce and Jay Z welcomed their first child in January 2012, a daughter named Blue Ivy.

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On Nov. 29, The New York Times Style Magazine released an extensive, deeply personal interview with JAY-Z in which the rapper admits to infidelity, explains why he cheated and reveals how they got their marriage back on track.

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JAY-Z reveals that he was able to find a good therapist through friends of his.

"I grew so much from the experience. 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."

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"And once I understand that, instead of reacting to that with anger, I can provide a softer landing and maybe, 'Aw, man, is you O.K.?'" he continues. "I was just saying there was a lot of fights in our neighborhood that started with, 'What are you looking at? Why are you looking at me? You looking at me?' And then you realize: 'Oh, you think I see you. You’re in this space where you’re hurting, and you think I see you, so you don’t want me to look at you. And you don’t want me to see you.'"

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Jay-Z also revealed that he and Beyonce used both “4:44” and “Lemonade” as therapeutic creative sessions, helping them to deal with a rough patch in their marriage. Thankfully, they’re stronger than ever, but at the outset, listening to the work each had created made for an uncomfortable experience.

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JAY Z received a whopping eight 2018 GRAMMY nominations for 4:44, which were announced on Monday. The rapper is competing in three major categories -- Album of the Year, Record of the Year ("The Story of O.J.") and Song of the Year ("4:44").

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