I WAS SERVED LEMONS , by Julie Miller, VANITY FAIR, APRIL 27, 2016 6:46
On Saturday, Beyoncé responded to years’ worth of marital speculation with Lemonade, an explosively honest album in which she lyrically accuses husband Jay Z of lying, cheating, and taking her for granted. As the New Yorker summarized, “Lemonade is the product of a brutal tension: a woman who has been deified by the entire world and yet cannot secure the love of the person closest to her.” A sampling of the accusatory lyrics: “What a wicked way to treat the girl who loves you.” “You can taste the dishonesty. . .It’s all over your breath.” “Tonight I regret the night I put that ring on.” So how exactly as Jay Z handling the not-so-subtle call-outs about his allegedly philandering ways?
Seemingly fine, according to photos and reports that have surfaced since Lemonade’s release. The power duo were photographed side-by-side in Miami on Tuesday as Beyoncé prepared for the first concert on her Formation tour, which falls on Wednesday night. Another photo shows Jay Z smoking a cigar with a friend on Tuesday, seemingly relaxed. The reason, suggests E!, is that he has had plenty of time to process the the album’s accusations.
“Jay was involved in the creation of Lemonade and knew every song Bey was going to release,” a source close to the couple tells E!. “He knew the lyrics; he knew the implications. He had to approve the songs before release. . . Jay is all about self-expression, so he gets it. Beyoncé shares music before it’s released with Jay so he can listen and share his thoughts. When it comes to music, they are very in it together and supportive of each other’s craft.”
According to the same insider, Jay Z also saw a personal upside to the album.
“Jay is a very smart businessman,” the mole adds. “Bottom line is that they are both really smart and they both saw dollar signs.”
E!’s source suggests that Jay Z’s support of the album, in spite of the inflammatory lyrics, is a sign of the couple working through the difficulties in their marriage.
“He understands the reasoning [behind her decision to release such personal tracks],” continues the source. “This is part of the process of being transparent. And they have healed. He has been very humble about the experience. Beyoncé is the love of his life and he will do what it takes.”
A source cited by People confirms the reconciliation, saying, “They definitely went through a rough patch a couple years ago, but they came out stronger in the end.”
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