Beyonce and Jay-Z are two of the most famous people in the world, but the couple’s level of popularity often comes with drama. After Beyonce’s incredibly personal 2016 album Lemonade was released, and talk of Jay-Z’s alleged infidelity spread, gossip about the power couple’s relationship grew into a fervor that continues to this day. Here are a few of those rumors Gossip Cop debunked in the years after the album’s release.
Back in July 2017, the National Enquirer published a story claiming that the two were on the verge of a $1 billion divorce over a parenting clash involving Blue Ivy. The outlet cited an anonymous “insider” that said Jay-Z objected to Beyonce’s supposed efforts to push their daughter into modeling. Meanwhile, Beyonce, said the tabloid, felt that modeling would open up an entire world of opportunities for Blue Ivy, and blew up at her husband’s opposition.
However, the tabloid referred to the argument as happening “just two weeks after the birth of [their] twins” Rumor and Sir. However, birth certificates showed that the babies were born a full month and a half before the outlet published its piece. Plus, Jay-Z had been nothing but supportive of his daughter’s public appearances, smiling next to her on the red carpet and including her in his music videos.
In October of that year, an unnamed tipster supposedly told Star that Beyonce had set “marriage rules” to keep Jay-Z loyal. First, the source says the rapper had to “make peace with her sister Solange and convince her that he is no longer a dog.” The second “rule” required Jay-Z to be “committed” to their family, and the third gave Beyonce the power to choose whether or not the couple had any more kids. The fourth alleged rule ordered him to stay away from Kanye West and his wife, Kim Kardashian. The final rule, the source concluded, was that the couple could not live separate lives.
While the list does sound both intense and interesting, it was still fictional. One of Gossip Cop‘s sources in the couple’s camp told us that there was no list of rules or ultimatum between the spouses. Although Star‘s piece was clearly incorrect, it wouldn’t be the last time the tabloid would try to cash in on the couple’s marriage.
This past January, the magazine came up with another story about Jay-Z and Beyonce getting a “billion-dollar divorce.” According to the publication, Beyonce didn’t want to waste any time trying to fix something “irretrievably broken” and refused to have their children “grow up in an unhappy environment.” The “Formation” singer planned to go after “the bigger piece of their brand’s profit,” said the magazine’s source. The outlet further claimed the big argument that ended the relationship was over Jay-Z’s “love child,” a young man that alleged that he was a product of one the rapper’s past hookups.
“Bey’d done her best to put on a brave face through all of the infidelity reports, but actually having a child with another woman is something no wife could ever get over,” the publication’s insider said. However, the “love child” first started making claims about Jay-Z being his father in 2015, so it made no sense that the controversy was resulting in a split four years later. The rapper has repeatedly denied the allegations about him having an illegitimate son. Plus, Beyonce and Jay-Z had just renewed their vows the previous year, and multiple outlets reported that the spouses were in a better place than ever. Once again, the gossip media got it wrong about the music superstars, just as they have in the years past.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.