Jay-Z appeared on the latest episode of David Letterman’s Netflix interview series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, and got real about a very personal topic: infidelity.
Letterman, who infamously admitted to cheating on his wife in 2009 after a blackmail attempt, addressed his own infidelity before giving the rapper a chance to talk about his own affair.
‘A few years ago, I got myself into some trouble, and the situation was my responsibility and my fault. 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,’ Letterman said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. ‘At the time the pain that I caused myself was the fear that I had blown up my family… I never talked to a person who had been in that situation. And I’m wondering if this rings a bell with you.’
Jay-Z talked about being unfaithful to his wife, Beyoncé, calling her ‘understanding’ and discussing how they’ve worked through their issues.
‘Much like you, I have a beautiful wife who was understanding and who knew that I’m not the worst of what I’ve done and who did the hard work of going to therapy and really, we love each other. We really put in the work,’ Jay-Z said. ‘For years, this music that I’m making now is a result of things that happened already. Like you, I like to believe that we’re in a better place today but still working and communicating and growing. I’m proud of the father and the husband that I am today because of all the work that was done.’
That’s all good and well for Jay, but this commentary didn’t touch on Lemonade, which was, you know, Beyoncé’s massively public way of processing her pain and her decision to stay with him. Her decision was robustly debated – does forgiving a cheating man make Beyoncé less of a feminist? Maire Claire South Africa explored this question here when the album came out.