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Jay-Z and Beyonce's Marriage Hit a Rough Patch in 2014: What Happened?

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By Clarissa Wilson

Beyonce met Jay-Z when she was still in her girl music group, Destiny's Child when she was just 18-years-old. The couple didn't start really dating though until she was about 19. This was around the year 2000. They dated for about four years before they decided to get married, though.

The power A-list Hollywood couple finally made their relationship official when they got married in 2008. They had a secret wedding ceremony in Jay-Z's New York City apartment. This is how private they really are.

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Although they have been together for a very long time, longer than most Hollywood couples these days, they have had their fair share of problems just like any normal couple has.

Their marriage hit a rough patch in 2014 when Jay-Z cheated on Beyonce. Many were positive that this would cause Beyonce to file for a divorce, but they worked through Jay-Z's infidelity and made their marriage work. They stayed married and worked hard to keep their family that they made together. Now, because of how hard they both worked to keep their marriage going, their marriage is stronger than ever. How did they work through this major marital problem?

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Jay-Z has proven he is human like everyone else and has made some bad mistakes in his life and marriage with his soulmate, Beyonce. Everyone makes mistakes and he has shown that he is just as normal as the rest of us and isn't perfect.

In 2014, TMZ leaked some video footage that showed Solange Knowles, Beyonce's sister attacking Jay-Z in an elevator after the Met Ball.

After the attack on the rapper by his sister-n-law, everyone was confused as to why she attacked him. However, it was soon revealed that she was confronting him about his affair with his best friend and former business partner, Dame Dash's ex-wife, Rachel Roy.

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After the affair was revealed, rumors of a divorce between Beyonce and Jay-Z started circulating. However, one month later, the couple went on their world tour together, On The Run.

The rumors went out of control, in 2016 when Beyonce released her sixth album titled, Lemonade. Once the album was released, many of the lyrics of the songs talked about her husband's alleged affair.

Jay-Z had a response to this album of his wife's when he released his own album, 4:44. This album was a way for him to apologize to her for what he did.

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Lyrics of one of his songs on the album include, "I apologize often womanize/ Took for my child to be born/ See through a woman’s eyes/ Took for these natural twins to believe in miracles/ Took me too long for this song/ I don’t deserve you."

The super-power couple didn't want to give up on the powerful and loving relationship they built and worked hard for over the years.

Jay-Z next released another album, via Tidal in which he revealed more personal details about what happened with the affair and what went wrong in their marriage.

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After Jay-Z admitted that his marriage with Beyonce "wasn't totally built on 100 percent truth", he also admitted that it took a lot of work, including willpower and determination to work through the problems in their marriage.

He said, "Things start happening that the public can see. Then we had to get to a point of ‘OK, tear this down and let’s start from the beginning.’ It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”

He told CNN, that he fought for his marriage with Beyonce because she is his soulmate. He said, "For us, we chose to fight for our love. For our family. To give our kids a different outcome. To break that cycle for black men and women.”

A few months later, Jay-Z told David Letterman that working through this dark part in their marriage was what saved it and made it stronger than ever before.

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