'We chose to fight': Jay-Z on how he saved marriage to Beyonce

Jay-Z has explained why he and Beyonce decided to stay together after his - never explicitly confirmed, but implied in two number one albums, so, make of that what you will - cheating scandal, describing his wife as his "soulmate" and expressing a desire to stick together for their children.

Speaking in an interview on CNN on Saturday, the rapper told host Van Jones the reason why he fought "so hard" to save his marriage was simply "love".

"That's my soulmate," Jay-Z, whose 4:44 album (which touches on his marital troubles) is up for Album of the Year at today's Grammy Awards. "It's the person I love. And you can be in love with someone, you can love someone, and if you haven't experienced love and you don't understand it and you don't have the tools to move forward, you're going to have complications, period."

The 48-year-old went on to explain "you can either address [complications] or you can pretend until it blows up at some point".

"For us, we chose to fight for our love, for our family, to give our kids a different outcome, to break that cycle."

The couple are parents to Blue Ivy, six, and seven-month-old twins, Sir and Rumi.

Rumours that Beyonce and Jay-Z's marriage was in trouble began in 2014, when surveillance video emerged of Solange Knowles, Beyonce's sister, yelling at her brother-in-law before hitting and kicking him in an elevator after the 2014 Met Gala.

"Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred," a statement released by the pair after the incident read. "They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologised to each other and we have moved forward as a united family."

While it was initially unclear as to what caused the altercation, the latest album releases from Jay-Z and Beyonc??, respectively, offered some clarification.

In Beyonce's 2016 album, Lemonade, she referenced her husband's affair with a woman known as "Becky with the good hair".

While in the titular track of 4:44, Jay-Z apologises for being one to "often womanise".

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