JAY-Z Talks Trump, #MeToo, Mending His Marriage to Beyoncé, and His Cooing Twins on 'The Van Jones Show'
On the debut of CNN's "The Van Jones Show" Saturday night, JAY-Z got candid on a variety of topics with the host, including his marriage.
Asked about his marriage to Beyoncé, he said he fought to keep their marriage going through hard times because she is his "soulmate."
"You can be in love with someone, you can love someone, and you not, and if you haven't experienced love and you don't understand it and you don't have the tools to move forward, then you gonna have complications — period," the rap icon allowed. "We chose to fight for our love, for our family, to give our kids a different outcome... to break that cycle. For black men and women, to see a different outcome."
He also spoke warmly of his twins, saying, “We are in a beautiful time now because they are seven months and they can't move. They can just coo... they just coo and you don't have to 'wait, wait, wait, wait.' You know, they're not running anywhere yet. We are going to enjoy these couple of months until they start running and then it's over."
JAY-Z, who along with Beyoncé appeared on behalf of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election, slammed President Trump's recent "sh*thole" comments, saying, "It's disappointing and it's hurtful, it really is hurtful, more so. Everyone feels anger, but after the anger, it's really hurtful because you're looking down on a whole population of people... This is how people talk, this is how they talk behind closed doors."
He went on to compare Trump to a "superbug" created because racism isn't adequately addressed, and said there was "not a shot" that his twins would run around the Trump White House the way Blue Ivy famously ran around the Obama White House.
Behind the scenes of the first show
Also on the topic of race, JAY-Z referred to Colin Kaepernick as "an iconic figure" for his #TakeTheKnee protest, "Look how many people play football. They're not all going to be him. Like you just put his name next to Muhammad Ali. Would you rather be playing football getting your head dinged in or would you rather be an iconic figure for the rest of your life?"
The mogul had a strong opinion on the #MeToo and #TIMESUP movements, saying he supports it wholeheartedly. "This had to happen to purge itself... If you're in that position of power to abuse your power, you get drunk off success. It's like human nature if you go unchecked... [The movement] has to happen."
On the same day, JAY-Z and Beyoncé stepped out for the Roc Nation Grammy Brunch.
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"The Van Jones Show" airs Saturdays at 7 p.m. ET on CNN.