Since tabloids leaked excerpts of Becoming Beyoncé: The Untold Story – the unauthorized biography its author is touting as “a backstage pass to the glamorous and cutthroat world of the music business, and an absorbing insider account of the birth of a pop culture legend” – the Internet has been abuzz with the tell-all’s reported revelations.
Here’s a breakdown of some of the biggest rumors – and more importantly, the truth behind them.
RUMOR: Beyoncé and Jay Z once split because of reports he was allegedly cheating on her with Rihanna
Author J. Randy Taraborrelli touches on the rumors that Jay once cheated on Bey with his then-protégé Rihanna. Taraborrelli told ET a publicist started the rumor to “boost her career” but that “it was total fiction.”
Touted as a bombshell, it’s a detail the publicist in question, Jonathan Hay, actually admitted to doing years ago in his book, Publicity Stunt – The Art of Noise.
“I began to fabricate stories of Rihanna and Jay Z, leaking false rumors to tabloids, working with Internet message boards, etc.,” Hay wrote in his book. “Like when the rumor surfaced that Jay Z had a new love life and was cheating on Beyoncé that was just to get attention. Rihanna had nothing to do with any of that, nor did she know we were doing it.”
RUMOR: Rihanna was to blame for the infamous #elevatorgate
Taraborrelli believes the infamous post-Met Gala elevator spat between Jay Z and Beyoncé’s sister Solange stemmed from a fight over Rihanna, as well.
“It was a whispered married couple’s argument that would have gone by completely unnoticed had not Solange overheard it Solange has always been Beyonc ‘s biggest protector,” he told ET, adding actually doesn’t know what caused the tiff.
“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,” he added to the outlet.
Following the media frenzy over the leaked footage of the altercation, the close-knit brood continued to be a united front: Jay attended Solange’s wedding last year, both were in good spirits at mom Tina Knowles’ wedding, and Solange even opened up about the incident.