He addressed it on his album 4:44. He somewhat spoke about it during his interview with New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet. But during his recent interview In a revealing new interview on David Letterman’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, Jay Z once again dealt with the topic of infidelity, he pulled no punches, maybe due to Letterman’s problems with the subject in his past.
Even the way Letterman approach the topic was empathetic, saying, “I have to be cautious how I articulate this, but a few years ago, I got myself into some trouble. And the situation was my responsibility, and my fault,” referring to a blackmail plot against him in 2009, regarding his relationship with his personal assistant Stephanie Birkitt by her boyfriend Robert Halderman, who attempted to extort Letterman for $2 million. Letterman would come clean on his then Late Night show, revealing all these details and apologizing to his wife, Regina Lasko, on-air. Much like Hov and Beyoncé, Letterman and his wife are still together.
“I never talked to a person who had been in that situation,” Letterman told Jay-Z. “And I’m wondering if this rings a bell with you.”
“Of course. Yeah,” Jay Z replied. “You know, for a lot of us, we don’t have… especially where I grew up, and men in general. We don’t have emotional cues from when we’re young.” He referred to being emotionally constipated, making it hard for him to attend therapy to overcome his marital issues.
Jay Z would also speak on his mother Gloria Carter revealing to him that she was in love with a woman for the first time. The conversation was so impactful, he said he cried. The next day he would record the song Smile off 4:44.
Of course, the interview wouldn’t be complete without the subject of Kanye West coming up, with Jay recalling, “the thing that I respect about [Kanye West] is that he’s the same person. Like, [when we first met] he interrupted our studio session, stood on a table and started rapping. And we were like, ‘Could you please get down,’ and he was like ‘No, I’m the savior of Chicago!’ He didn’t even have a record.”
Other topics included emcee contemporaries like Eminem, as well as his 6-year-old daughter Blue Ivy. If you haven’t already, you can watch the interview in its entirety, on NetFlix.
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