Jay-Z's new album '4:44' has been roundly hailed as a triumph since it was released a few weeks ago, with many praising the rapper for what's seen as his most honest record to date.

On one track, he even admits being unfaithful to Beyoncé - and he's found an unlikely champion for doing so.

The infamous Monica Lewinsky has written an Op-Ed for Vanity Fair where she praised Jay-Z for his candidness. "Jay-Z had a choice. 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. That’s not uncommon for men to do," she wrote.

"And it’s not as if we hadn’t seen Beyoncé and Jay-Z out in the world together since then — not to mention, welcoming their twins to planet Earth. Jay-Z could have ignored it all. But, instead, he chose a path of candor that will move the conversation forward and help others."

She added: "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. 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."