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Jay-Z and Beyonce: How They Saved Their Marriage After Cheating

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By danyellmarshall

Jay-Z and Beyonce are a music industry power couple. The two both have award-winning music careers that span decades. Together they've created a beautiful family that many fans look up to. This idyllic image may suggest that pair have a perfect lie together but that hasn't always been the case. Jay-Z shocked his fans around the world when it was revealed that he had cheated on his beautiful and talented wife. The pair have successfully moved on through a lot of hard work.

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The Affair

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Jay-Z fans around the world were shocked when news broke that the rapper had cheated on his wife Beyonce Knowles. The pair had a reputation for their affectionate and sweet relationship. news of the infidelity surprised those that looked up to the power couple. More shocking than the existence of an affair was the identity of Jay-Z's mistress. It was revealed to be Rachel Roy, the ex-wife of Jay-Z's best friend Dame Dash. This was a low moment for the award-winning performer.

Infamous Elevator Video

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Fans around the world were shocked and confused when Beyonce's sister Solange was seen viciously attacking the rapper in an elevator. A surveillance camera in the elevator caught every second of the shocking encounter. The attack happened when Solange confronted her brother-in-law about his affair. News of the infidelity had not been made public so the attack seemed to come out of the blue. Once news of the affair broke it became obvious why Solange would have cause to be so upset.

Lemonade

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Beyonce showed the world that nothing can slow her down. While some might have been crushed by being cheated on by their husband she used the emotion and experience to create Lemonade. The album touched on the affair in some of its lyrics. It went on to win several awards and debuted at number one on the US Billboard charts. When life handed her lemons, Beyonce made Lemonade.his was Beyonce's 6th number one album in her lengthy and successful career.

4:44

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Much like his wife, Jay-Z released his own album which addressed the affair. On the title track of 4:44 Jay-Z apologizes t his wife and children: “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,”. This event was clearly impactful. Most marriages would end after infidelity but Jay-Z and Beyonce found a way forward.

Rebuilding From The Ground Up

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In an interview with CNN's Van Jones, Jay-Z called Beyonce his soulmate. He detailed the extreme measures the couple had to take to rebuild their marriage: “Things start happening that the public can see,” he said. “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.”. The work seems to have been worth it. Both stars seem as in love as ever from the outside.

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