In the months following a wedding, an ordinary couple might be expected to take some time off to go on a honeymoon or otherwise find a way to relax and revel in their recent nuptials. Not so for Jay-Z and Beyoncé—but then again, they aren’t any ordinary couple.
Though they did eventually sneak off for a honeymoon at a super-exclusive resort in Arizona, Jay-Z and Beyoncé had one of the busiest stretches of their professional lives around the time of their April 2008 wedding. The day before, the New York Times reported that Jay-Z was on the verge of signing ten-year, $150-million deal with concert promoter Live Nation; the day after, he flew to North Carolina to resume his concert tour. For her part, Beyoncé was putting the finishing touches on a new album.
In the two years following their marriage, both Jay-Z and Beyoncé released new albums and embarked upon massively successful international tours. But remarkably, they’ve been able to achieve something approaching a work-life balance, despite the fact that they’re two of the busiest people on the planet.
They’re frequently spotted stealing away for vacations in France, the Caribbean and elsewhere even in the midst of international tours and album recording. Being able to afford private jets is helpful, but their relationship is an interesting model to consider for those seeking advice on how to reconcile professional ambitions with personal fulfillment.
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