It Was All good Just A week Ago: Here’s A Full Timeline Of The Alleged Drama Between Beyoncé, Jay Z, And Rachel Roy
By: Sariah Sugarman
“Lemonade” may possibly be confirming the allegations of cheating that Jayonce fans have suspected for years. Whispers of Jay Z and his infidelity are not new, but this is one of the few times either party has publicly stated intimate details about their marriage. In order to understand the situation fully, we took the liberty of creating the ultimate Jayonce timeline for you.
2002: The two are openly a couple, although very private so the exact start of their relationship is fuzzy.
2005: Rumors swirl that Jay Z and Rihanna are potentially hooking up. In late 2015, biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli claims that it was false intel to drum up Rihanna’s popularity. Still, the couple supposedly may have taken a break given that “Beyonce didn’t know what to think.
April 4, 2008: The couple marry at a private ceremony at Jay Z’s Tribeca apartment New York. Their marriage is on 4/4, a persistently important number in their relationship (they were both born on the fourth of the month). Instead of exchanging rings, they both got matching tattoos on their ring fingers to symbolize the ultimate commitment. It seems as though all is well.
January 2012: Beyoncé gives birth to their first child, Blue Ivy Carter.
Fast Forward to the 2012 May Met Gala: For the occasion, Solange (Beyonce’s sister) donned a canary peplum design by Rachel Roy to help honor the theme, Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, and they even posed and smiled together on the red carpet.
January 2013: The first rumblings about an affair between Jay Z and new Roc Nation artist Rita Ora begin to emerge.
April 2013: The couple celebrates their fifth wedding anniversary in Cuba with their mothers. Slightly odd, don’t you think? Possibly as a buffer?
June 2013: Jay Z teases the lyrics to his new single “Holy Grail” which includes a reference to a woman cheating on him. The obvious speculation is that that woman is Beyoncé. Keep cheating on me /What I do / I took her back / Fool me twice / That’s my bad / I can’t even blame her for that
November 2013: There are multiple reports of Jay Z partying with a Belgian beauty queen named Claudia Scheelen after sending her a bottle of Ace of Spades champagne. Soon after the story breaks, Scheelen takes to Twitter to deny that anything inappropriate happened between them. Further rumors abound that the couple’s marriage is close to divorce, with Jay Z spending too much time away from the family and leaving Beyoncé to feel like a single mother.
December 13, 2013: Beyoncé’s surprise self-titled visual album drops. “Drunk in Love” becomes everybody’s new favorite. Again, all seems well in paradise, at first glance. But after focusing in on “Mine,” (featuring Drake) she reveals the work behind the relationship, making them even more relatable. She definitely expressed some doubts about the relationship, singing, “Been having conversations about breakups and separations / I’m not feeling like myself since the baby / Are we gonna even make it? Oooh / ‘Cause if we are, we’re taking this a little too far.”
January 2014: Upon winning a Grammy for Magna Carta … Holy Grail Jay Z gives a shout out to Beyonce and God.
April 2014: The couple announces their first ever tour together- On the Run.
May Met Gala 2014: The tour is soon overshadowed by the elevator footage seen around the globe, which showes Beyoncé’s sister Solange attacking Jay Z in an elevator following the 2014 Met Gala. Beyonce reportedly does nothing, and security has to intervene. Many have speculated that accusations of mistresses arise because of this night, although rumors have been whispered about Rihanna, Rita Ora, and Rachel Roy so nobody is sure of “the other woman” Solange may have called him out about. Although nothing is confirmed, most of the rumors center around Jay Z’s supposed affair with Rachel Roy, the ex-wife of his ex-business partner and previous best friend, Dame Dash. Beyonce and Solange release a statement to the press saying,
“As a result of the public release of the elevator security footage from Monday, May 5th, there has been a great deal of speculation about what triggered the unfortunate incident. But the most important thing is that our family has worked through it. Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred. They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family. The reports of Solange being intoxicated or displaying erratic behavior throughout that evening are simply false. At the end of the day, families have problems and we’re no different. We love each other and above all we are family. We’ve put this behind us and hope everyone else will do the same.”
June 25, 2014: The On the Run tour begins.