The power couple, who started dating in 2000, allegedly split around the time Jay-Z scouted then-17-year-old Rihanna in 2005 and managed the launch of her debut single Pon De Replay.
And though the rumors were supposedly spread by PRs to boost Rihanna’s profile, Beyoncé ‘wasn’t sure what to make of the situation’.
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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 Beyoncé’s sister Solange and Jay Z, questioning whether Rihanna really was the root of their dispute.
“It was total fiction,” the author told Entertainment Tonight, claiming a publicist concocted the tale to boost Rihanna’s career.
“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.”
Now, “It’s safe to say that Rihanna and Beyoncé are friends.”
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He adds Rihanna was partially to blame for Jay’s infamous elevator fight with Beyoncé’s sister Solange in 2014.
“People told me that there was a whispered argument that night having to do with Jay wanting to go to a party [for] Rihanna,” he said.
“Beyoncé did what Beyoncé does. She laid down the law . . . it was a whispered married couple’s argument that would’ve gone by completely unnoticed had not Solange overheard it.”
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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.
Effort to get in touch with Beyonce’s publicist for comment on the book, but did not receive an immediate response.
Beyoncé, 34, and Jay Z, 45, are now married with a three-year-old daughter Blue Ivy.
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