Monica Lewinsky, best-known for her affair with President Clinton, lauded Jay-Z for owning up to his infidelity on his song "4:44" in an op-ed for Vanity Fair on Wednesday.
"Jay-Z had a choice," she wrote. "Having been called out publicly by his wife in her fierce 2016 album and video, 'Lemonade,' Jay-Z knew that his fans wouldn’t have blinked if his next album skimmed past the allegations."
"It is a refreshing and bracing antidote to see male icons convey vulnerability in an age when Washington’s new power elite and our coarsening culture are busy projecting an outmoded caricature of manhood, 24/7," Lewinsky added.
In the song, Jay-Z raps, "Look, I apologize, often womanize, took for my child to be born, see through a woman's eyes. ... I apologize to all the women whom I toyed with your emotions. 'Cause I was emotionless."
Jay-Z called his marriage to pop superstar Beyoncé "the hardest thing I've ever done" in his "Footnotes for 4:44."
“This is my real life. I just ran into this place and we built this big, beautiful mansion of a relationship that wasn’t totally built on the 100 percent truth and it starts cracking," he said. "Things start happening that the public can see. Then we had to get to a point of ‘O.K., tear this down and let’s start from the beginning’ ... It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”
Lewinsky wrote that Jay-Z's honesty in the song "4:44" expands society's definition of gender roles and how men should portray their emotions.
"As we wrestle with gender roles and relationships between the sexes—and see issues of sexism running rampant from the tech world to politics—it’s heartening to see a crack in the implicit contract among men, their emotions, and society at large," she said.