So unless you live under a rock, you will have noticed that Beyonce has released a new album this week, and unless you are totally able to avoid the Daily Mail, Twitter AND Instagram, you will also have noticed that there are rumours flying here there and everywhere that her inspiration for this album has come from her cheating husband; Jay Z.
That is of course assuming that she wrote thing (I’m joking, I’m joking…), but in three different tracks she makes reference to infidelity on Jay Z’s part. In Sorry she says “tonight I regret the night I put the ring on.” in Pray You Catch Me she says: “You can taste the dishonesty, it’s on your breath as you pass it off so cavalier” and in Don’t Hurt Yourself she sings the slightly less subtle lines: “Who the fuck do you think I am? You ain’t married to no average bitch, boy. If you try this shit again, you goin’ lose your wife.” And so although I’m no detective, it would seem Beyonce is indeed working through some stuff and that yes, Jay Z probably has had an affair.
Now anyone that had ever talked about Beyonce to anyone, will know that she has some stupidly loyal fans. They call themselves the Beyhive (which is pretty badass) and in some instances I might go so far as to describe them as a cult… but I won’t because I am scared of them. Anyway, if I were them and I wanted to defend my queen, my first stop would be to abuse the king, in other words, I’d lose my shit at Jay Z for cheating on my idol. But is that what they’ve done? No. In actual fact they seem to have bypassed the only totally guilty party here in favour of sniffing around for the “Becky with the good hair” that Beyonce makes reference to. (Becky is a slang word for a caucasian girl BTW).
So now the rumours are flying everywhere, all trying to establish one thing: who is this woman that Beyonce sings about?
Well first there was Rachel Roy, a fashion designer who is previously rumoured to have had an affair with Jay Z, just after the album was released she quickly posted, and then deleted, a picture of herself with the caption: ‘good hair don’t care, but we will take good lighting, for selfies, or self truths, always.” (No I don’t get it either), sparking rumours that she was the Becky with the good hair.
This turned out to be a big mistake as she typically then received a tonne of abuse online, with one person even updating her Wiki page to read ‘Died: under a lemonade stand’. Lol?
Speaking to People Magazine she defended herself by saying: “I want to put the speculation and rumours to rest. There is no validity to the idea that the song references me personally. There is no truth to the rumours.” Despite this however she went on to say that both her and her daughters have been subject to ‘online haters’ in a ‘hurtful and scary manner, including physical threats.”
Attention then turned to Rita Ora, the British pop star who was also once rumoured to have had an affair with Jay Z (get in line love). And she certainly gave people reason to believe she was guilty. Initially she shared a photograph of herself on Instagram wearing a bracelet with lemons on it and a necklace with what appeared to be the letter J, although it could have been a lower case r, shown in the mirror. She then posted a photo of a poster online of an Elizabeth Taylor film; Ash Wednesday which (spoiler alert) is all about a middle aged woman who is worried that she is losing her husband.
On a mission by this point, she continued her Instagram story by putting up another picture with the caption “Oh… When you’re the truth.” Before finishing by being photographed in the same Gucci outfit that Bey had worn in a recent music video… hardly a coincidence… celebs hardly ever wear the same thing.
Sorry, but my money is on Rita. Despite this however, she defended herself by tweeting: “Rumours are false… I have noting but ultimate respect for Beyonce.”
So we have prime suspect number one and number two, not helping themselves at all, it has to be said, receiving more hate online than you can imagine. But what is annoying me the most about this whole thing, is that not only is Jay Z seemingly getting away with this unscathed, he’s actually benefiting from it.
Now it has to be said at this point that a couple of years ago, Beyonce’s dad and former manager accused the couple of spreading divorce rumours just to boost ticket sales, which suggests that this entire album was a publicity stunt, which wouldn’t surprise me, but what I need to know is this: are Rita and Rachel in on it? Or are they just seeing an opportunity to get PR and jumping on the band wagon?
If so, I despair for the world that we live in because if, as Rita claims, she has ‘ultimate’ respect for Beyonce, is this how she shows it? With a tad of “I might be fucking your husband” banter? I’d hope not.
But either way. The thing that shocks me in this whole sorry tale is that Beyonce’s very girl-heavy fan base, have decided, rather than to have a go at the obviously guilty party: Jay Z, to instead go forth and attack other women, without even knowing with any certainty who they are.
No, it’s not right for a woman to ‘take’ another woman’s husband, in fact it’s downright cruel, but how is it that all that has happened to Jay Z in this instance is that he’s earned more money? It doesn’t make any sense. Girls should be defending girls. You’re supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, and although the evidence is suggestive of an affair, the jury is still out, so in the meantime, if we need to be hating on anyone, can we focus on the suspect who’s verdict we are sure of?
Publicity stunt or not, girls, the next time something like this happens, take a step back and rather than trolling the life out of a woman that might be guilty, why not focus your attention on the man that definitely is?