In the latest episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, which began streaming on Netflix on Friday, the 48-year-old rapper discusses past mistakes he's made in his marriage with Beyoncé.
Letterman kicked off the conversation by sharing his own story of infidelity. The comedian, who has been married to Regina Lasko since March 2009, revealed on his show, Late Night with David Letterman, in October of that same year that he had been the victim of a blackmail attempt by someone threatening to reveal that he'd had sex with several of his female employees, which he confirmed at the time.
"A few years ago, I got myself into some trouble, and the situation was my responsibility and my fault. I did something that I had no business doing and I regret it," Letterman recalled. "Since then I have tried to acknowledge that mistake and be a better person. At the time, the pain that I caused myself was the fear that I had blown up my family … I never talked to a person who had been in that situation."
JAY-Z chimed in, saying he "of course" could relate to Letterman's story in a way.
"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. Our emotional cues are, 'Be a man, stand up, don't cry!'" the New York City native explained. "Much like you, I have a beautiful wife who was understanding and who knew that I'm not the worst of what I've done and who did the hard work of going to therapy and really, we love each other."
"We really put in the work," he continued. "For years, this music that I'm making now [on 4:44] is a result of things that happened already. Like you, I like to believe that we're in a better place today, but still working and communicating and growing. I'm proud of the father and the husband that I am today because of all the work that was done."
Beyoncé and JAY-Z have recently been vocal about the ups and downs of their relationship, seemingly addressing marital troubles and the rapper's cheating allegations on their latest albums, Lemonade and 4:44. The couple, who share three kids, 6-year-old daughter Blue Ivy and 9-month-old twins Sir and Rumi, celebrated 10 years of marriage on Wednesday, and according to a source, they are better than ever.
"Beyoncé and JAY-Z went through a rough patch, like most couples do, but they have worked past that and are doing great," the source said. "The couple worked very hard to get past their issues, and realized they are better together than apart."
Hear more on their decade of love in the video below!