JAY-Z says marriage to Beyonce was not 'built on the 100 percent truth'


JAY-Z shows a side of himself that his fans don't see very often.

In a mini-documentary to accompany his latest album, 4:44, which was summarized by several news outlets, the 47-year-old rapper vulnerably talks about his nine-year marriage to Beyonce, and the ups and downs they have faced while in the public eye. "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," he says. "Things start happening that the public can see."

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JAY-Z adds that fighting to keep his marriage together was one of the biggest challenges of his life. "Then we had to get to a point of, 'Okay, tear this down and let's start from the beginning,'" he admits. "It's the hardest thing I've ever done."

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The hip-hop mogul even recalls begging Beyonce to stay with him during a vacation. "What is happening to my body right now?" he remembers saying to himself. "Did I just say, 'Don't leave'? All this is new for me."

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JAY-Z's album release comes over a year after Beyonce dropped Lemonade, which follows a woman's emotional journey after finding out that her husband has cheated on her. The father of three says prior to coming out with 4:44, he had his wife listen to it first, before anyone else. "We just got to a place where, in order for this to work, this can't be fake," he continues. "Not one ounce. I'm not saying it wasn't uncomfortable because obviously it was."

Also reportedly featured in the mini-documentary is Chris Rock, Will Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Chris Paul, Jesse Williams, Aziz Ansari, Mahershala Ali and Meek Mill, who also talk about the struggles they've faced in their relationships.

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JAY-Z is also quite candid about his family life in the first track on 4:44, titled "Kill Jay-Z." Check it out in the video above.

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 19: Jay Z, Blue Ivy Carter and Beyonce Knowles attend the 66th NBA All-Star Game at Smoothie King Center on February 19, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Beyoncé sits court side in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game at Smoothie King Center.

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 19: Blue Ivy Carter and Beyonce Knowles attend the 66th NBA All-Star Game at Smoothie King Center on February 19, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

(Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 19: Beyonce Knowles attends the 66th NBA All-Star Game at Smoothie King Center on February 19, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

(Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 19: Jay Z, Blue Ivy Carter and Beyonce Knowles attend the 66th NBA All-Star Game at Smoothie King Center on February 19, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 19: Jay Z, Blue Ivy Carter and Beyonce Knowles attend the 66th NBA All-Star Game at Smoothie King Center on February 19, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 19: Blue Ivy Carter and Beyonce Knowles attend the 66th NBA All-Star Game at Smoothie King Center on February 19, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 19: Beyonce reacts after the 2017 NBA All-Star Game at Smoothie King Center on February 19, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 19: Beyonce attends the 2017 NBA All-Star Game at Smoothie King Center on February 19, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 19: Beyonce and Jay-Z during the NBA All-Star Game as part of the 2017 NBA All Star Weekend on February 19, 2017 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

(Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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