One of the world's most talked about couples, Jay Z and Beyoncé have been the subject of rumors and controversy ever since they started dating. With a new tabloid and sketchy story about them emerging on a regular basis, it becomes harder and harder to keep the facts separate from fiction in relation to this couple. Indeed, this is a couple that is simultaneously in the forefront, but remains fairly elusive in regards to their personal affairs. Especially in the wake of the highly provocative, Lemonade, we've heard about as many secret weddings in relation to this couple, as we have divorces; most of which turned out to be totally baseless.
A couple that represents #relationshipgoals for many pairings across the globe, the reason Jay Z and Beyoncé remain such a hot commodity is not only due to their collective, astronomical success, but because they truly seem to have genuine love, respect, and admiration for one another. Either way, rumors surrounding this couple are plentiful, so before you go running your mouth about how he cheated and she's leaving, make sure the information comes from a reliable source and not an obsessed fan.
15 They Crash Karaoke Parties Together
While most spend their time trying to create distance between themselves and their fans, these two have other plans. Although it certainly hasn't happened often, this couple has crashed a random karaoke party once or twice, much to the delight of the unsuspecting crooners. In fact, one such time they even brought along Kelly Rolland and Michelle Williams along for the ride. Needless to say, the fans went crazy and were more interested in hearing the artists perform than to continue on with their misguided renditions.
14 They're Quiet Philanthropists
A couple of impressive philanthropists, Hov and Bey have been discreet philanthropists for quite some time. In addition to the Survivor Foundation, which was founded by Bey, the couple has donated to causes such as the Haiti earthquake, the Baltimore protests, creative arts, troubled youths, and much more. In addition to that, Beyoncé even spent a whopping $7 million on a tenement to help house those in need. Jay, on the other hand, has also helped spearhead his own set of initiatives over the course of his career. Some examples of his charity work involve making water more accessible to countries in Africa, donating money and clothing to victims of 9/11, and much more.
13 They Talked & Dated For 1.5 Years Before Making it Official
Rather than jumping straight into some super sexual whirlwind romance, the couple actually got to know each other over the phone and via a series of dates over a 1.5-year time span. Sending a series of love texts, going on dates, and long talks on the phone were commonplace for this couple for over a year before they officially became a couple. Outlined in many songs, it is clear that the rapper believed her to be "the one" from very early on. Nevertheless, given that there is an eight-year age difference between the two of them and he actually knew her before she was officially of age (although it is said that he didn't make his move until she was over 18). He almost had no choice but to take it slow. This may be why it took so long for them to officially admit they were a couple.
12 Kanye West's Genius Helped to Bring them Together
Although he was relatively unknown at the time, Kanye West actually helped bring these two together musically. Although they were rumored to already be dating, making it official on wax is always a big deal. Luckily, Mr. West was up for the task. Their first official duet, "03 Bonnie and Clyde", which was received extraordinarily well, was produced by the entertainer. Although the album, The Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse, did not do as well as they had hoped, this track helped to bring them together and show the world that they were the newest musical duo on the scene.
11 They Were "Drunk in Love" Before "Crazy in Love"
"Crazy in Love," a track that officially established Beyonce as a solo artist and more or less introduced this fiery couple to the world, was actually written by the starlet when she had a hangover. Impressively penned in just two hours, it was one of her biggest songs that may not have happened if it was for one hard night of partying. The star has since proven her ability to concoct and conceptualize songs and albums whilst completely sober. However, given that has also been noted that Hov wrote his verse in the wee hours of the morning, it may very well be that both artists were "Drunk in Love" while creating this song.
10 Jay Z Is Always Beyonce’s First Listener
Speaking of music, many of their fans assert that the southern belle's music has gained an edge due to the rapper's influence. He has obviously made his presence felt in greats such as "Crazy in Love" and "Upgrade You," however, many speculate that he is actually the mastermind of some of her more hip-hop inspired tracks. Undeniably more edgy than the days of “Cater to You,” once she started releasing tracks such as “Kitty Kat” and many others, eyebrows began to raise toward Mr. Carter. Although they still aren't letting us know all of the input he has given her over the years, insiders say he is the first listener for every single track she creates.
9 They Have Broken Up Before
It seems that some of those allegedly false rumors may have been true all along. While we have heard rumors of this couple breaking up almost every week since they’ve been together, at least one of those rumors had to be true. The couple is said to have had a falling out before getting married and ended up breaking up because of it. Although it clearly didn't last, it obviously made an impact as the ordeal was immortalized in Jay Z's "Lost Ones." On the track, a solemn sounding Jay Z spoke of his love for the starlet as well as the fact that putting her career first was causing a rift in their relationship. Good thing they balanced that out!
8 Their Wedding Was Far from Traditional
A wedding without a best man or maid of honor, as well as 70,000 white orchids flown in from Thailand, this beautiful ceremony was a quaint event for their closest family and friends. A small ceremony with only 40 guests, the couple is said to have tied the knot at the rapper’s penthouse in the Tribeca neighbourhood of NYC. Moreover, they both took a night off from entertaining and rather than dedicating performances to one another, they hit the dance floor with their guests and partied to old school hip-hop and R&B all night long. In fact, the party is said to have gone on until 5am!
7 They Might Be Into S&M
Although they remain fairly tight-lipped about the intimate details of their sex lives, the couple may be into S&M. However, if you pay careful attention to the couple’s musical releases, it certainly sounds like the Carter house stays hot and spicy. Routinely singing and rapping about topics that are highly sexually-charged, it does not at all sound like this couple leads a boring sex life. Moreover, a fan of women empowerment, Queen Bey is clearly an overtly sexual personality on stage. They haven’t released a ton of salacious details, but Queen Bey has long since admitted to dressing up in heels and dominating in the bedroom. Spicy!
6 They're the Highest Earning Couple in the Entertainment Industry
With around $1 billion in collective wealth, it is clear that there is literally no competition in terms of entertainment couples and net worth. Given that Jay-Z's portion is said to be $560 million to Bey's $450 million, it is clear that she played a serious game of catch up as she began her career many years after he was already a very well-known rapper. Either way, these two are rolling in the dough and enjoy not only spoiling each other, but they have also given back quite a bit to those who are less fortunate.
5 Four Is Their Favorite Number
Given that both of the stars were born on the 4th of the month, (Beyoncé’s birthday is in September and Hov's is in December), both stars favor the number 4. In addition to that, each of the stars seems to be intrigued by astrology and use it as a method of spiritual guidance, which had only deepened their bond over the years. This is also the reason why they named their daughter Ivy as IV is the Roman numeral symbol for 4. However, we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that naming the child Blue raised a few eyebrows due to Jay Z’s rumored list of cheating conquests.
4 They Have Matching Tattoos
If you haven't yet heard this one, this factoid might throw you for a loop. Although neither artist has been a big fan of ink in the past, they were both able to agree that their favorite number and name of their daughter is worthy of a lifetime branding. Nevertheless, they each have the Roman Numeral 4 tattooed on their ring fingers to celebrate their love for one another as well as their daughter, Blue Ivy (IV).
3 They Tried To Patent Blue Ivy's Name
To try is to fail. In this case, the wildly successful couple is no exception. In an attempt to keep copycat couples from creating their own tiny hues of Blue, after their daughter was born in 2011, the couple to prevent anyone else from using the moniker. Nevertheless, not as powerful as they believed, the application was declined by the US Patent and Trademark Office. Hopefully, that fact alone isn’t enough to vastly increase the number of Blue Ivy’s in the world. Only time will tell.
2 They Went Vegan Together
A family that eats together... beats together? Either way, the couple decided to turn over a new healthy, green leaf by going vegan. A couple years back, around Hov's birthday, the couple decided to collectively switch over to Veganism. As a part of his pal Marco Borge's 22-day challenge, the rapper opted to go vegan for 22 days. They started the day before his 44th birthday, and only intended to stick with it for the specified time period. Whether they ever went back to eating meat is unknown, however, it seems that the couple is sticking to the vegan lifestyle for the long haul.
1 They Both Have 17 Grammys
In addition to that, they both have 17 Grammys a piece! Clearly nothing to sneeze at, Hov had 60 nominations over the course of his career while Bey has had 47 nods. Although it isn’t a competition, it is clear that Queen Bey maintains the better nomination to win ratio. In the past, it had been rumored that Jay-Z had put down his microphone for good. Moreover, in the wake of the massively successful Lemonade as well as the response album that is reportedly coming from Jay Z, there will likely be more nods and wins on the horizon.