The inner workings of Jay-Z’s life haven’t always been kept private and on more than one occasion, his marriage has been thrown under the public spotlight. .

On the Netflix show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, Jay Z discussed his public battle to keep his marriage alive and how he is now living a better life than he was in the past.

The rapper, whose real name is Shaun Carter, told Letterman that this is because he wasn’t always equipped with the tools he has today.

He said when he was younger, there was an emphasis on an attitude which said “be a man. Stand up. Don't cry.”

This sort of thought process didn’t go well with home life, so he had to change to be the husband and father he wants to be and his family deserves. He said as much, stating: "I want to have the emotional tools that it keeps to keep my family together."

His marriage with Beyonce has famously had several ups and downs.

The star added that he has learned from these issues and his wife’s forgiveness is something he is incredibly grateful for. He added: "I have a beautiful wife who was understanding and knew I am not the worst of what I've done.

"We did the hard work of going to therapy, we love each other. We really put in the work for years. This music I'm making now is a result of things that have happened already. Like you, I like to believe that we're in a better place today, but still working and still communicating and growing. I'm proud of the father and the husband I am today because of all the work that was done."

Carter also discussed his own absent father and how this affected his own attempts at parenthood. He added: "As a kid I had a bunch of anger towards him, but as I grew up I realized that the things he went through in life were very difficult."

"I'm not heartbroken at this point in my life," he tolds Letterman. "I wake up, I look around, I look at my kids, they're healthy."

The international superstar seems to be in a much healthier place than he has been in previously and that was evident when he said: "I feel grateful every day."

He also had plenty to say about his friend, and sometimes foe, Kanye West. The star said: "That's my brother. We're beyond friends," he said. "Really, like, literally my little brother is Kanye. And like your little brother, things happen sometimes."