Beyoncé and Jay Z separated for a year amid rumors the rapper was having an affair with Rihanna, an explosive new book claims.
According to unauthorized biography, hip-hop’s most important power couple allegedly split around the time Jay Z scouted then-17-year-old Rihanna in 2005. Even though the rumors were supposedly spread by PRs to boost Rihanna’s profile, Beyoncé ‘wasn’t sure what to make of the situation’.
The astonishing claim comes in a new unauthorized biography by best-selling writer J Randy Taraborrelli titled Becoming Beyoncé: The Untold Story. It has led many to revisit the notorious elevator spat between Solange and Jay Z, questioning whether Rihanna really was the root of their dispute.
Beyoncé and Jay Z are now married with a three-year-old daughter Blue Ivy. However, they have battled through a lot to reach this point, which Taraborrelli explained in the biography. Describing the alleged split, he said:
Beyoncé didn’t know what to make of this, and it actually ended up breaking them up for a time.
They spent maybe a year apart from each other because Beyoncé just wasn’t sure of what to make of the situation with Rihanna.
But he adds: ‘It’s safe to say that Rihanna and Beyonce are friends.’
According to Taraborrelli’s theory, the split would have been around 2005, when Pon De Replay was released. At that time Jay Z was 35, Beyoncé 24, and Rihanna 17.