Watch JAY-Z Get Candid About His Marriage to Beyonce & Infidelity: 'The Best Apology Is Changed Behavior'

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Jay Z during an interview with CNN's Van Jones.

“We were never a celebrity couple. We were just a couple who happened to be celebrities.”

When JAY-Z appeared on the premiere episode of CNN’s The Van Jones Show over the weekend, Jones did not hold back. In a particularly candid segment, Jay was grilled about his marriage to Beyoncé and the infidelity that inspired much of her 2016 visual album Lemonade as well as his own 4:44, which was nominated for album of the year at Sunday’s Grammy Awards.

The veteran rapper took time to acknowledge his own personal issues within the very public marriage, telling Jones, “If you haven’t experienced love and you don’t understand it, if you don’t have the tools to move forward, then you’re going to have complications. Period.” He also noted that his choosing to “fight” for his marriage was an effort to “break the cycle” and give his children a different perspective on what marriage looks like.

“We were never a celebrity couple,” he said. “We were just a couple who happened to be celebrities.”

When asked for advice on how other men can respond to their own infidelity, Jay noted that “the best apology is changed behavior.” He also noted the importance of understanding your partner and being strong enough to hear criticism and sadness. If you can do that, “The other side is beautiful -- at least for us,” he said.

Watch the segment of the interview below: