Though they appeared to be the picture perfect family, scandal struck their small clan of three in May 2014 when video surveillance footage of Beyoncé’s younger sister, Solange, seemingly attacking Jay-Z in an elevator surfaced online. Many tabloids reported the trio, who were leaving a Met Gala after-party at The Standard’s Le Bain in New York City, were fighting over alleged cheating rumors surrounding Jay.
“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,” the three later said in a joint statement. “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 statement continued, “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.”
“What’s important is that my family and I are all good,” Solange, now 31, told Lucky later that summer. “What we had to say collectively was in the statement that we put out, and we all feel at peace with that.”
The three have never publicly revealed what caused the altercation, but Beyoncé did alluded to the incident in her remix of “***Flawless.”
“Want me to come around and give you good karma / But no, we escalating, up in this b***h, like elevators / Of course sometimes s**t go down / When it’s a billion dollars on an elevator,” she crooned on the 2013 track. “Of course sometimes s**t go down / When it’s a billion dollars on an elevator.”
Jay-Z also reference the infamous fight in 4:44’s “Kill Jay-Z,” on which he rapped, “You egged Solange on / Knowin’ all along /All you had to say you was wrong.”
The husband-and-wife duo’s marriage was put under the microscope again when 2016’s Lemonade was released. The album — which featured many songs about infidelity, particularly one about an affair with a “Becky with the good hair” — sparked speculations that Jay had cheated.
“It could be about anyone’s marriage,” Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles, teased about the cryptic lyrics at the time. “I think that everybody at one time or another has been betrayed and lied to and it’s about the pain and it’s about the healing process and it’s about, ‘How do you get past that and move on.’”
Jay-Z eventually confirmed that he had indeed been unfaithful during his marriage on his 13th solo studio album, 4:44. In the title track, he referenced his longstanding relationship with Beyoncé and apologized for his past womanizing, explaining it took the birth of his three children for him to change his ways.
“Look, I apologize, often womanize / Took for my child to be born, see through a woman’s eyes / Took for these natural twins to believe in miracles / Took me too long for this song, I don’t deserve you,” he rapped. “And if my children knew / I don’t even know what I would do / If they ain’t look at me the same / I would prolly die with all the shame / ‘You did what with who?’ / What good is a ménage à trois when you have a soulmate? / ‘You risked that for Blue?’”
“‘4:44’ is a song that I wrote, and it’s the crux of the album, just right in the middle of the album. And I woke up, literally, at 4:44 in the morning, 4:44 a.m., to write this song. So, it became the title of the album and everything,” Jay-Z told iHeartRadio. “It’s the title track because it’s such a powerful song, and I just believe one of the best songs I’ve ever written.”
On the album’s third single, “Family Feud,” Jay-Z also touched on his past infidelities by seemingly responded to Beyoncé’s now-iconic “Becky with the good hair” line with one of his own.
“My wife in the crib feedin’ the kids liquid gold / We in a whole different mode,” he rapped. “Yeah, I’ll f**k up a good thing if you let me / Let me alone, Becky.”
On the Run — Again
Beyoncé and Jay-Z are currently on tour to promote Lemonade and 4:44 respectively. They are slated to hit Scotland, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, and Poland this month.
The two will also embark North American leg later this summer, kicking things off in the Cleveland on July 25.
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