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When Beyoncé released Lemonade in 2016, fans couldn’t stop talking about the fact that she implied she’d been cheated on. And now, JAY-Z has finally talked about his infidelity and what was going on in their lives behind the scenes when it happened. In an interview with The New York Times, the rapper revealed the circumstances that may have led him to be unfaithful to his wife, admitting that those rumors are true for the first time.
Despite the fact that the lyrics from the songs on Lemonade were very telling — like when Beyoncé advised JAY-Z that he’d “better call Becky with the good hair” — the question of whether or not she was drawing from her own real life experiences had never truly been answered. Of course, for months, the internet was abuzz with theories, as well as people wondering why JAY-Z would cheat on Beyoncé in the first place.
He didn’t go into any specifics, like who he cheated with or exactly when it happened, but he did offer up an explanation about what caused him to cheat. As JAY-Z told NYT, his infidelity stemmed from the way he’d been raised, which caused him to go into what he called “survival mode.”
While talking about his experiences in therapy, JAY-Z said that he’d realized that he and other men who had grown up in neighborhoods like his, the Marcy projects, never wanted anyone…
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