Scrutiny in the relationship of Beyonce and Jay Z intensified the moment her sister, Solange, attacked the rapper in an elevator. The footage leaked, showing the violent outburst, Beyonce’s lack of reaction, and a dynamic in the family no one had ever witnessed before. Now, they’re on tabloid covers with worsening reports on the state of their marriage.
Last week, Page Six reported that the marriage would “uncouple” without ending immediately in divorce. Now, insiders (via UK newspaper The Mirror) have more details.
“There’s still something there, even though it’s not going to last,” says the source of the couple’s marriage. “Business is always part of the equation. They know they’re the king and queen of hip-hop — and really, all of music. Neither wants to lose that.”
“There’s no bigger controller than Jay,” begins the source of the 2003 hookup, when Beyonce was still breaking out as a solo artist. “She’s great, but she’d be a little lower on the totem pole if it weren’t for hooking up with him.”
Insiders say the couple change their cell numbers every two weeks, and even family like Solange need to ask before visiting their home.
“They are guarding like hell their status,” the source says. Adding of the couple skipping Kim and Kanye’s wedding for being too “low-brow”, “Beyoncé wasn’t going to allow a Kardashian to socially climb her… And Jay didn’t want Kanye with Kim — he thinks it’s bad for business. I think Jay lost a little respect for Kanye there.”
The source claims the elevator fight was over Rihanna, whom Jay Z allegedly planned to meet later that night. “Solange was like, ‘Enough is enough — you must be [screwing] Rihanna,’” claims the source. “To many people who know them, they know [cheating is] not out of the realm of possibility.”
“It’s not whether they’ll split, but how they’ll split,” the source says of Blue Ivy’s parents becoming estranged. “They are business people first, entertainers second. Husband and wife comes somewhere down the line.”