Monica Lewinsky praises JAY-Z's '4:44' album for redefining male vulnerability


In a new post written in Vanity Fair by former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, the 43-year-old praises JAY-Z for his new album 4:44.

The story highlights male celebrity figures initiating a new trend anchored by truth and vulnerability. The notable examples used in the piece were Prince Harry, Brad Pitt and JAY-Z. For Lewinsky, she commended Hov for his brazenness when voicing his issues with his wife Beyonce on 4:44.

"Jay-Z could have ignored it all. But, instead, he chose a path of candor that will -- like Brad's and Prince Harry's -- move the conversation forward and help others," writes Lewinsky.

She adds: "As we wrestle with gender roles and relationships between the sexes -- and see issues of sexism running rampant from the tech world to politics -- it's heartening to see a crack in the implicit contract among men, their emotions, and society at large."

While JAY-Z's candor was on full display on his newly-released album, he delved deeper into his once-flawed marriage in the "Footnotes for 4:44."

"This is my real life," he said in the video. "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. Things start happening that the public can see. Then we had to get to a point of 'O.K., tear this down and let's start from the beginning' . . . It's the hardest thing I've ever done."

Thus far, Hov's honesty has earned him a platinum album, with a victory lap forthcoming with his 4:44 tour, which will kick off this October. Take a look at Lewinsky's piece here.