Things You Might Not Know About Beyonce And Jay Z’s RelationshipPublished on August 15, 2016. Updated April 3, 2020
Beyonce and Jay Z are one of the music industry’s most enduring couples. Most of us don’t even remember when they got together, but what we do know is that they have collaborated on a number of musical projects together, including songs and even tours, and they have been doing it consistently for years. In recent years, these two have had their fair share of ups and downs, but they have managed to stick it out. Even though these two are ridiculously private about their relationship, we have some things you didn’t know about their romance:
9. When Jay Met Bey
Beyonce and Jay Z have always run in the same circles. In 2000, she was featured on his protégé Amil’s track “I Got That.” The following year, they both appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair’s music issue. Years later, Jay Z claimed that it was around this time that they were trying to date each other and Beyonce also later confirmed this when she said that she and Jay met when she was 18 and began dating when she was 19. It was shortly after this that she appeared in his song and video for “Bonnie & Clyde” and that’s when rumors began circulating that the two were dating. The couple, however, refused to acknowledge their relationship until 2004 when they made their red carpet debut at the MTV Video Music Awards.
8. Waiting To Get Married
The rapper is quite a bit older than the Grammy-winning singer. When they starting dating he was in his 30s and she was just 19, so she wasn’t in any rush to get married and she was quite open about that. “I really don’t believe that you will love the same thing when you’re 20 as you do at 30. So that was my rule: Before the age of 25, I would never get married,” she told Seventeen magazine.
7. Discussing Their Relationship Through Music
Beyonce and Jay Z have been known to discuss their relationship through their music. In his 2010 book Decoded, he admitted that his song “Lost One” is about his relationship with Beyonce. “These lines are about trying to have a real, serious relationship with another ambitious professional. In a lot of ways, this is the flip side of the songs in my catalog like “Big Pimpin’,” where women exist almost completely as predators or objects. This is about how difficult it is to respect a lover as an autonomous human being, with separate needs and goals and timelines than yours. It’s one of the hardest things about a real relationship of equals. But it’s worth it,” he wrote.
6. Secret Wedding
They were married in a secret wedding ceremony at his Tribeca apartment in New York City. Only 40 family members were in attendance, including celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, George Clooney, and Chris Martin. Beyonce later told Essence magazine that she was always certain that she and Jay Z would end up married. “We’ve been together a long time,” she said. “We always knew it would happen.”
The “Crazy in Love” singer announced her pregnancy at the 2011 VMAs while performing “Love on Top,” but not everyone believed that her pregnancy was real. During an appearance on the Australian TV show Sunday Night, the veracity of her pregnancy was called into question when it looked as if her baby bump deflated when she sat down. There was speculation that Blue Ivy was actually the product of one of Jay Z’s affairs and that they had decided to raise the child as their own while others suspected that the child was offspring of Beyonce’s philandering father and the couple decided to adopt her as their own. Beyonce, however, denied the rumors and called them “stupid.” In February 2017, the couple announced that they were expecting twins and on June 13, 2017, welcomed daughter Rumi and son Sir Carter into the world.
Before Beyonce had Blue Ivy, she suffered a miscarriage. She revealed this in 2013 in her HBO documentary, Life Is But a Dream. “About two years ago, I was pregnant for the first time,” she said. “And I heard the heartbeat, which was the most beautiful music I ever heard in my life. I picked out names. I envisioned what my child would look like… I was feeling very maternal.” However, something went wrong early on in the pregnancy. “I flew back to New York to get my check up – and no heartbeat,” she said. “Literally the week before I went to the doctor, everything was fine, but there was no heartbeat.” They also had some difficulty trying to conceive their twins. They had been using in vitro fertilization and weren’t having any luck. They were looking into adoption and surrogates when they finally got pregnant.
In 2014, it was reported that the “99 Problems” rapper and the “If I Were a Boy” singer were house hunting in Paris. The couple has a soft spot for the city. On their On the Run tour, during their stop in Paris, Jay Z told the audience why he and Beyonce are such big fans of the city. “It’s special to us because we got engaged here, and this is where Blue Ivy was conceived,” he said.
2. The Elevator Incident
In 2014, surveillance cameras caught Beyonce’s sister Solange screaming at Jay Z and then physically attacking him in an elevator at the MET Gala. While Beyonce, Jay Z, and Solange kept mum about what caused the altercation, a source told Us Weekly that Solange had caught Jay Z flirting with Rachel Roy and that’s what set her off. She was reportedly screaming at Rachel Roy too, but that wasn’t caught on camera.
1. Marriage in Crisis
After Beyonce’s new album Lemonade dropped, reports about problems in her marriage to Jay Z were confirmed. It turns out that rumors from 2014 about them barely talking while on their On The Run tour were true. “They had been having problems for years. There was a constant commitment issue between them and in the end they were barely speaking. Beyoncé didn’t fully trust Jay and it was hard for her to get past that,” a source told E!. “They went to a lot of counseling and have been working on their issues ever since. They had help to get them through it.” Now, according to the source, they are doing a lot better and are determined to make it work no matter what.