Strange Things Everyone Just Ignores About Beyonce And Jay Z’s Marriage

Beyoncé and Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter are the
very definition of a power couple. The married music legends are each incredibly
talented and influential on their own, so together, they’re virtually unstoppable. But much of the public’s perception about
this notoriously private pair is shaped by what little Bey and Jay do share about themselves. Over the years, tantalizing mysteries about
Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s relationship have taken shape. Here are some of the strangest of those stories. When they met Beyoncé and Jay-Z usually keep the steamiest
details of their romantic highs and lows under wraps, and that shrug-off approach to personal
attention has been consistent from the start. These two kept their relationship a secret
so long that even they don’t seem to agree on when they actually got together. In 2008, Beyoncé told Seventeen that she
was 18 when they met, and that they started dating when she was 19 in the year 2000, but
Jay-Z told Charlie Rose they’d known each other much earlier, as far back as 1997. “I met her ten years ago.” “And did you say to yourself at that time,
‘Wow’?” “I said ‘Yeah that’s a fantastic talent.’” This could be a bit of revisionist history,
since Beyoncé’s ex-boyfriend, Lyndall Locke, claimed they’d been together until she began
touring with Destiny’s Child in her twenties. In a 2013 Vanity Fair interview with Jay-Z,
he admitted that he and Beyoncé were just starting to date when they appeared together
in the magazine’s 2001 music issue. However, despite earlier collaborations and
numerous sightings of the duo out and about, the musicians insisted their pairing was platonic. Jay-Z all but confirmed their romance in his
Black Album single “Public Service Announcement.” The couple finally made their public debut
by showing up arm in arm at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards. The elevator incident Though still not talkative about their relationship
in public, the couple have presented a solid front. However, after making the rounds at a prestigious
2014 Met Gala in New York, a video leaked by TMZ showed Beyoncé’s sister, Solange Knowles,
physically assaulting Jay-Z in a hotel elevator as Beyoncé looked on. Rumors swirled about the cause of the incident,
but the family simply released a shared public statement dismissing the issue as private. Beyoncé and Jay-Z commenced with their On
the Run tour as planned the following summer. However, some subtle lyric shifts during Beyoncé’s
performances on tour kept tongues wagging. She later released a “Flawless” remix with
a lyric that may have attempted to put the incident on ice: “Of course sometimes s— goes down when there’s
a billion dollars on an elevator.” The number four It’s just a coincidence that the couple were
both born on the fourth of the month — Beyoncé in September 1981 and Jay-Z in December, 1969
— but they’ve since adopted that shared digit as something sacred. They were married on April 4th, and each got
tattoos of the Roman numeral four on their fourth fingers to commemorate their union. They gave their daughter the middle name Ivy,
which is another reference to the Roman numeral four. There are other, less obvious, examples of
their devotion to the digit, like Jay-Z’s decision to accept a vegan challenge in 2013,
writing on his website, “There’s something spiritual to me about it
being my 44th birthday and the serendipity behind the number of days in this challenge;
22 (2+2=4).” Blue Ivy There’s no doubt Beyoncé and Jay-Z both have
an entrepreneurial spirit. Consider their endless dedication to promoting
his Tidal streaming service, or her release of Ivy Park sportswear. But when they tried to actually trademark
their daughter’s name with the hopes of marketing it as a baby products line, the courts drew
a line. Beyoncé and Jay-Z reportedly applied for
trademark protection for “Blue Ivy” after their daughter was born in January 2012, but
the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office declined their request. According to CNN, if they had won the rights
to the name, the trademark would have put a wedding planner, who’d been using the name
for years, in a lurch. But even without the trademark protection,
the proud parents are still free to use the name as they see fit for merchandising opportunities. Lyrical hints When Beyoncé dropped her visual album Lemonade
in 2016, it triggered a firestorm of gossip about the status of her marriage with Jay-Z. Her legion of fans, the “Bey Hive,” went on
the hunt to discover who the “other woman” known as “Becky with the good hair” was in
her “Sorry” track. Many wondered if the Carters were still together,
given the tone of the album, but Jay-Z showed up in the second act for the reconciliation
phase. It wasn’t the first time the pair shared tough
times through music. Jay-Z’s 2006 Kingdom Come track “Lost One”
reflected on, quote, “…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.” And if appearing in the Lemonade reconciliation
number wasn’t enough, Jay-Z also offered his own apology tour by way of the lyrics to the
title track on his album 4:44, in which he made no bones about his bad behavior. It seems what the tabloids don’t confirm or
deny in interviews can definitely be ascertained from this power couple’s music. Bad dad Her marriage with Jay-Z wasn’t the only relationship
Beyoncé may have addressed in her Lemonade album. She also supposedly documented the ups and
downs she’s had with her father, Mathew Knowles, who’s made headlines in the past for allegedly
cheating on Beyoncé’s mom and fathering a love child. Although father and daughter appeared together
after the album’s drop to quell any suspicion of a fallout, Mathew is clearly not in the
loop when it comes to his daughter’s life. He revealed that he didn’t find out about
her second pregnancy until she announced it to the world on Instagram. “I was shocked. Let me tell you what happened. I got a first text, and I’m like, ‘Why is
this person saying congratulations?’ I didn’t know myself.” Mathew added that he thought the surprise
reveal was a strategic business decision on the Carters’ part and that he and Beyoncé
later engaged in a “wonderful daughter-dad conversation” on the subject. Even so, a little heads up might’ve been nice. Thanks for watching! Click the Nicki Swift icon to subscribe to
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