WHO SAYS THAT CHEATING DOESN’T PAY?

Has a couple ever made as much money after an affair as Jay-Z and Beyoncé?

In an interview with New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet, Grammy Award-winning rapper Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter confessed to cheating on his superstar wife. But for the couple’s fans — particularly members of Beyoncé’s “Beyhive” — such an admission was a foregone conclusion because they each had already released songs about it.

Jay-Z’s transgressions reportedly inspired many of the songs on Beyoncé’s most recent album, “Lemonade.” The album sold 2.5 million copies globally in 2016, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). The new music also prompted Beyoncé’s Formation tour, which grossed $256 million, helping to push her net worth to an estimated $350 million, according to Forbes.

Meanwhile, Jay-Z parlayed the experience into his latest album, “4:44,” which became his 14th album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and garnered him several Grammy nominations. Both his album and Beyoncé’s also sparked renewed interest in Tidal, the music streaming service he co-owns. All told, the duo was the highest-paid celebrity couple as of last July, per Forbes.

So glad that our betters are able to forgive, move on, and make truckloads of money.

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