If you don’t already know Nas recently just dropped his tenth studio album, which sees him talk about many intimate details of his life, like his daughter Destiny and his very Public divorce with singer Kelis.

 This week saw Nas sit down with Janelle Snowdon at VH1, where he revealed reasons behind why he has chosen to be so open about his personal life on the new album. He explains that the album gave him that outlet to be able to tell the true and real story about his relationship, instead of the media version that we all heard. During the interview he also admitted to having strayed during his relationship, and that if given the chance to do it all over again, that there would be no infidelity.

Some excerpts from the interview:

On why he wrote “Bye Baby” and used Kelis’ wedding dress on his album cover:
I just wanted to do things that really have meaning, that have impact. And it just so happens, my life had been so public in the last couple of years that I felt that if everyone else wanted to tell my story and it wasn’t an accurate story, ‘Why not me tell the real story?’ And I wanted the album to show reality, love, pain, heartbreak, happiness, joy. All of the emotions of life. And there’s nothing more emotional that I could think of that’s been so recent in my life other than my divorce. In my VH1 thing (Behind the Music)…I told that story about the dress. And it just felt like the right thing to do for closure, for me.

On whether or not using Kelis’ dress on the album cover gave him closure:
I don’t know man. Certain things don’t go away so easily. The album cover made it fresh again to me in my mind, a little bit. I had to rethink things and stuff but its all good.

On the biggest lesson he learned from his divorce and what he’d do differently next time:
The biggest lesson I learned is respect…trust…no infidelity. I at some point got pissed off during the relationship and strayed. And I wouldn’t do that again. I would be all good.

On whether or not he told Kelis that he’d do things differently:
Yea. I told her. I told her that. I apologized. She apologized and we just move on. We live and we move on.

It seems like Nas is in a really positive place, which is great, one of the most importance things in life is that even if we make mistakes, that we should always be able to admit to them and learn from them.

Nas and Kelis at their wedding

A few days ago Nas also sat down with Funk Flex to speak about his album, and Kelis’s reaction to her dress being on the album cover, as well as the growth they have both achieved over the years, and how they keep things moving and on good terms.Watch below.

Credit: interview transcribe, courtesy of Necole Bitchie

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