Beyoncé bared it all when she released her hit album, Lemonade, and shared the truth about Jay-Z and his infidelity with her fans. Fans were concerned that it was an end of an era when the couple seemed to hit rock bottom. What we assumed to be a breakup album was anything but that, and we got to see Beyoncé as a new woman, who worked hard in her relationship with her husband and wasn't going to let any woman ruin that.
Jay-Z recently released his own album, 4:44, which was a response to Beyoncé's Lemonade. The rapper opens up about his fame and fortune, his troubled upbringing, and addresses the cheating rumors. Off the title track also named 4:44, Jay-Z raps, "You did what with who? / What good is a ménage à trois when you have a soulmate? / You risked that for Blue?" In the song, the rapper also admits to robbing Bey of her "innocence" and for marrying her when he wasn't ready to commit.
Jay-Z has always been a celebrity caught in a cheating scandal. We created this list of 15 hot pictures of women the rapper allegedly hooked up with while with Beyoncé. The world wants to know who exactly were the women that almost ruined the most epic Hollywood couple.
14 Mya - Secretly Dated For Years And Given Financial Support
When a fan wrote "Heard you and Jay Z had an 11-year affair" on Mya's Instagram account, all hell broke loose, adding, "Are you his side chick or nah?" Rumors began swirling that Jay-Z and the singer had been secretly dating for years, and he was even financially supporting Mya. The Case of the Ex singer blasted the media for all the false rumors. She stated at the time, "Illegitimate, thirsty sources with no facts and that's the 'media' for you—especially today. I play second to no one, pay my own bills, have my own label, own management company, rely on God only and respect myself & marriage too much for nonsense. False rumors are crafted for ratings & numbers," Mya said. "And miserable, unhappy people need someone to judge to deter the attention away from their own misery and feel better about their miserable lives," she added.
13 Shenelle Scott - Claimed Jay-Z Fathered Her Child
In 2011, there was a huge rumor that Jay Z fathered a love child with Trinidadian model Shenelle Scott. According to a claim made by the father of Scott's former lover, Malik Sayeed, DNA tests proved that the rapper was the father. He shockingly stated that Jay-Z even paid Scott $1 million "to keep her mouth shut." He also added that everyone knew Scott and Jay were sleeping around. However, the same man came forward to retract his statements about Jay-Z fathering the baby. There was no word from Jay-Z or his party on the matter, but it can be put to rest.
12 Rita Ora - Questionable Snapchat Selfie Made Fans Outraged
Rita Ora signed with Jay-Z's music label, Roc Nation, when she was only eighteen. When the star posted a very questionable Snapchat selfie of herself in a lemon bikini top and a gold necklace with the letter J, everyone started to believe she was the "Becky with the good hair," a reference from a song off of Beyonce's Lemonade album. Right after she posted the photo, Queen Bee's fans went into a commenting frenzy on Ora's social media accounts and called her out on the alleged affair. The singer made a statement to Vanity Fair about the rumors, stating, "First and foremost, Jay-Z is my inspiration and one of my idols–lyrically, musically, business-wise. I still look up to him and his wife every day. Beyoncé was one of my biggest idols growing up."
11 Tori Kelly - Apparently Hooked Up With Jay-Z During Charity Event
This one rumor of Jay-Z allegedly hooking up with star Tori Kelly made a lot of fans angry. When a source claimed to see Kelly and the rapper making out backstage at a charity concert, the Internet went berserk. There were multiple stories from online celebrity websites with headlines like, "CAUGHT CHEATING!!! You Are Not Gonna Believe . . . Which BLONDE . . . Jay Z Was Allegedly Caught . . . MAKING OUT WITH!!! (Bey Better Call SOLANGE . . . To Come Better Handle THIS) and Say It Ain’t So: New Report Claims Hubby Hov Was Creeping On Beysus With THIS Up And Coming Pop Star." The story had fake news written all over it.
10 Karrine Steffans - Claimed To Be One Of The Rapper's "Becky's"
Karrine Steffans is known for spilling the tea when it comes to celebs. She's the author of Confessions of a Video Vixen and claimed that she was one of Jay-Z's "Becky's." In fact, Steffans even wrote an article in XO Jane that read, "Over 15 years ago, I had Beyonce's husband. Yes, I was one of Jay Z’s Beckys back in the year 2000 for about three minutes, which is about as long it takes me to satisfy a man in the back of a Maybach while overlooking the beaches of Malibu." She also added that there might still be an affair going on between her and the rapper after she wrote, "A Becky is a Becky, and I was the Becky for many men. They were my reason and my rationale, and eventually, my fame and my infamy." We'll have to see where this one goes.
9 Casey Cohen - Denied All Rumors Of A Hookup
Casey Cohen was first rumored to be having an affair with the 99 Problems rapper in 2014. She is best known for her role on the Bravo series Princesses: Long Island. Cohen has constantly denied any of the rumors, but dozens of sources had claimed that she and Jay-Z were getting a little too close. She mentioned that she had only met Jay-Z one time when she was working as a VIP hostess for a New York City nightclub. Cohen was so fed up with the hooking-up rumors from tabloid magazines that she even went as far as serving the mags with cease and dismiss letters, claiming that the rumors of the affair were "a foul and phony mistress-rumor."
8 Rapper Liv - Made A Diss Track About Affair With Jay-Z
Rapper Liv could have really caused major damage to Beyoncé and Jay-Z's marriage after releasing a diss track where she alleged that she did hook up with the rapper. The track titled Sorry Mrs. Carter, has lyrics like, "When I stepped out of his life, I took a piece of his heart." After releasing her song, she was faced with a lawsuit and eventually changed some of the lyrics of her song to say that she never had anything to do with Jay. The lyrics said, "Got my name in the news saying things I ain't do. Side chick. Never. Mistress. Who? Ya’ll misinformed, got it misconstrued," adding, "F**k, f***ing to the top, me and Jay never screwed." There is still no real conclusion if she had an affair with Jay-Z or not.
7 Charli Baltimore - Was One Of Jay-Z's Real Loves
Charli Baltimore was one of Jay-Z's first signed female artists to Roc Nation back in 1999. During their time together, Jay-Z apparently fell head over heels for Baltimore and loved her so much. He even stabbed a guy over her. Jay-Z stabbed Lance 'Un' Rivera in a club over allegedly leaking a song. However, rapper Cam'ron revealed in a radio show interview that the stabbing was actually about Baltimore. He said, "This was all over Charli Baltimore. I’m not going to get into the details of what happened and why, but it’s just a lot of where Jay liked Charli. (Rivera) felt that that was the artist and Jay was teaching her the business. They can say a song leaked or whatever but it was all over Charli Baltimore." People still believe that Jay-Z was hooking up with Baltimore behind Beyoncé’s back.
6 Gwyneth Paltrow - Way Too Friendly With Jay-Z
When Beyonce and Jay-Z were dealing with heavy infidelity issues, it appeared that Gwyneth Paltrow was there to help save the marriage, even though she had just recently split with Coldplay singer Chris Martin. There were a few rumors that Paltrow was getting a little too close to the rapper, but it's been confirmed that Paltrow is indeed really good friends with both Bey and Jay-Z. Paltrow is also apparently really good at giving relationship advice (really?), and rumors of any hook-up with Jay-Z are totally false here.
5 Lil' Kim - Admitted To Loving Ex Jay-Z
In an interview with Black Voices, female rapper Lil' Kim admitted that she will always have a soft spot for Jay-Z. The two dated for two years from 1998 to 2000 and have been friends ever since. Lil' Kim said in the interview in question, "I love Jay-Z. I don’t always agree with everything Jay-Z does, and he doesn’t always agree with everything that I do. But we’ve been friends since 15 years old, so I look at it like there’s no escaping him." We don't see any foul play here, but she still deserves her spot on this list.
4 Claudia Scheelen - Caught The Eye Of Jay-Z
Claudia Scheelen is a Belgian model who won Miss International Belgium in 2010. While at Antwerp's Magic nightclub, Scheelen caught Jay-Z's eye, and rumors began swirling that the two had something steamy going on. The model even spoke to The Mirror and stated, “I was with my girlfriends and (Jay-Z) sent over a drink to us. He had this huge bottle of Ace of Spades champagne. It must have been six or ten liters. He told me ‘I’ve been all over the entire world, but the girls in Antwerp are the prettiest girls.” She also said, "He didn’t mention Beyoncé or Blue once." We still have no idea what happened to this rumored love affair.
3 Cathy Koreana White - Mistress Mysteriously Murdered
One of the most disturbing stories of a cheating scandal surrounding Jay-Z resulted in a young woman's death in 2011. According to reports, Jay-Z was having an affair with 28-year-old publicist Cathy Koreana White. The rumors all started when she was seen with the rapper and P. Diddy at Tao nightclub in Las Vegas. When a gossip magazine tried to contact White to address the rumors, she was dead. There is a conspiracy theory that because there is no actual cause of death, Jay-Z had her killed. It was also around the same time Beyoncé announced that she was pregnant with Blue Ivy.
2 Rihanna - "Ring The Alarm" Was Written About Her And Jay-Z
When Rihanna was seventeen, she signed on to Jay-Z's music label and became the next biggest star in Hollywood. After being signed, it was rumored that the two had a very secretive relationship for a while. A year later, Beyoncé released the song Ring The Alarm, which consists of lyrics, "Ring the alarm, I been through this too long. But I’ll be damned if I see another chick on your arm." It was written because of the RiRi and Jay-Z hook-up. The affair was also the one that supposedly caused the infamous elevator brawl during the 2014 Met Gala between Solange and Jay-Z.
1 Rachel Roy - The Real "Becky?"
On the exact same day Beyoncé dropped Lemonade, fashion designer Rachel Roy posted a photo on her Instagram page with the caption, "Good hair don’t care. But we will take good lighting, for selfies, or self-truths, always. Live in the light. #NoDramaQueens." Fans of Beyoncé were quick to point out that Roy was in fact the "Becky with the good hair" Beyoncé sings about in her song titled Sorry. After posting the image, Roy's Instagram was flooded with bee emojis and a lot of hate. She's deleted the photo and mentioned that it was just a coincidence. Roy and Jay-Z's relationship goes way back. She was an intern at Roc-A-Fella before becoming the creative director. We're sensing some foul play here.