A new book just made an explosive revelation about Beyonce and Jay Z – the music icons got separated for a year.
A new unauthorized biography of Beyonce, titled “Becoming Beyonce: The Untold Story,” claimed that Bey and husband Jay Z got separated for about a year in 2005 and alleged that it is because of Rihanna.
The book, written by best-selling writer J. Randy Taraborrelli, further claimed that Rihanna’s PR spread rumors she was dating Jay Z to boost her profile ahead of the release of her debut single “Pon De Replay.”
“It was total fiction,” Taraborrelli told Entertainment Tonight.
However, he also described the alleged separation as saying: “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.”
According to the book, the separation happened in 2005 and Rihanna was 17-year-old at the time. Beyonce and Jay Z started dating in 2000.
After the power couple reunited, Taraborrelli claimed Jay Z continued to cat around but he never believed that the rapper cheated on Bey after they got married.
“He is basically nothing at all — and I mean absolutely nothing — like what you would expect him to be,” one friend of the couple told the author.
“It’s safe to say that Rihanna and Beyonce are friends,” Taraborrelli added.
Although Beyoncé and Jay Z are now married with a three-year-old daughter Blue Ivy, it seems Rihanna’s name continues to haunt the power couple, Daily News noted.
The infamous elevator incident between Beyonce’s sister, Solange Knowles, and Jay Z at 2014 Met Gala in New York City was apparently because of Rihanna.
Taraborrelli said, “I think it’s safe to say the only people who know for sure what happened are Bey, Jay, Solange and the bodyguard who were in the elevator.” However, he added that eyewitnesses at the Met Gala stated that the physical altercation occurred after Bey told Jay Z he could not go to Rihanna’s Met Gala after-party.
“Becoming Beyoncé: The Untold Story” is set for release on Tuesday (October 27).