Global pop sensation Beyonce and rap icon, Jay-Z have once again made the headlines for all the wrong reasons. In July 2014, reports emerged that an alleged sex tape featuring Jay-Z and Carmen Bryan was beginning to make the rounds on the Internet. While the video has yet to be leaked to the press, it is clear is that the scandal is placing even further pressure on the already strained marriage between the rapper and his wife of five years, Beyonce Knowles. Even though it was determined that the alleged sex tape was made before the pair got married, Beyonce felt the need to issue a statement to the public, explaining her humiliation and shame.
Demand for the sextape
The latest of these controversial reports involves the alleged sextape of Jay-Z and Carmen Bryan. While the sex tape is assumed to have been made prior to Jay-Z’s marriage, the rapper’s relationship with Bryan is said to be the main reason for his falling out with fellow rapper, Nas. Bryan and Nas had been in a relationship in the past. Now it seems that a number of adult entertainment companies including the hugely popular Vivid Entertainment are all set to involve themselves in a bidding war to purchase the video. The founder of Vivid Entertainment, Steven Hirsch explained that a sex video of this nature could potentially have huge demand in the market, and the company was willing to bid millions for the rights. Beyonce added more fuel to the fire when she released a statement to the press expressing her own humiliation at the claims.
Events Leading up to this Incident
Earlier this year, the couple was thrust into the media spotlight when footage of the Beyonce’s sister, Solange Knowles attacking Jay-Z, emerged on the web. Widespread speculation about the cause of the elevator spotlight led to rumors such as an affair between Jay-Z and singer Rhianna, an affair between him and aspiring rapper Liv, or the possibility of a personal clash with Solange. After this incident, Liv released a video entitled “Sorry Mrs. Carter” that threw shade at Bey and received almost 3 million views on YouTube.
Separation or Divorce?
Beyonce and Jay-Z tied the knot on April 4 in 2008 and have since grown to become one of the most influential power couples in the music industry. Over the course of their relationship, the two have collaborated on numerous albums, songs, performances and tours. However, in recent months, a number of incidents suggest that the couple may be headed toward separation or even divorce.
Since the rumors of the recorded tape have surfaced, there have been multiple reports suggesting that the couple may be preparing for a separation in the near future. Beyonce has been reportedly been asking, long-time friend, Gwyneth Paltrow for advice on how to go about the separation. Paltrow, herself, is no stranger to divorce, having separated from her partner, and Coldplay’s frontman, Chris Martin in March, 2014.
If the star couple do choose to file for divorce, it is expected that there will be significant complications regarding settlements. The two reportedly have a cumulative net worth of just over $980 million. Apparently the couple do not have a pre-nuptial agreement in their marriage, which means that the settlement sums will depend on the amount of money the two have in their joint accounts.
Beyonce’s Sister Solange Knowles Violently Lashes Out At Jay-Z
Recent CCTV footage from an elevator at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art Gala proceedings in New York City suggest that things might not be rosy between the star couple- rapper Jay-Z and pop icon Beyonce Knowles. The video footage shows singler Beyonce, Jay-Z, sister Solange Knowles and Jay-Z’s bodyguard entering an elevator during the event.
Prior to entering the elevator, , Solange and Jay-Z exchange heated words. Immediately after entering the elevator, things took a turn for the worse and Solange resorted to violence as she attempted to attack the world-renowned rap artist. Perhaps the most interesting part of the footage is the inaction of Beyonce, who stood by passively ass Solange begins her assault on Jay-Z.
Since the video footage was originally disseminated over numerous social media platforms, it has gone viral, leading to a growing speculation that the couple’s marriage might be on the rocks. The video was originally obtained and released by TMZ and shows Solange attempting to kick Jay-Z, while also spitting at him. Numerous media channels and insiders have speculated that Solange Knowles may have begun the altercation for a number of reasons. Some insiders claim that Solange Knowles may have been reprimanding and attacking Jay-Z for a supposed flirtation with designer, Rachel Roy, previously married to Jay-Z’s business associate, Damon Dash.
Other speculation suggests that Beyonce’s sister may have been angry at Jay-Z’s reluctance to boost her own career aspirations, especially in light of Beyonce’s success. There have also been suggestions that the reason Beyonce did not intervene was because she is pregnant with the couple’s second child. Nevertheless, things took a new turn when the pop sensation’s sister allegedly deleted photographs of Beyonce from her Instagram account soon after. Beyonce had apparently responded to this by posting new pictures of her along with her sister, on her own account.
Since the altercation, the three individuals have released a joint press statement claiming that the matter is has been resolved. An insider commenting on the situation to a British publication, ‘Look’, claimed that Beyonce is currently very troubled by the situation but will continue to work towards settling the matter in a mutually beneficial way. The incident is one that the couple surely regrets, especially in light of the media whirlwind that it has stirred up.
The former Destiny’s Child singer began dating rapper Jay-Z after they collaborated on her track, “Bonnie & Clyde’ on her seventh album, “The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse”. The two were wed in a private wedding ceremony on April 4th, 2008. Since their marriage, Beyonce and Jay-Z have become one of the most popular celebrity couples in the world, known particularly for being extremely private regarding any matter concerning their relationship. After suffering a miscarriage in 2011, Beyonce and Jay-Z had their first child, Blue Ivy Carter, in 2012. Solange Knowle’s attack on Jay-Z is the first notable incident suggesting that the couple might be facing problems that are unseen by the media. Further statements from all three parties are expected within the coming weeks.
Are Beyonce’ and Jay Z Breaking Up?
Since the much-discussed event, rumors have been swirling that the couple are experiencing marital problems and that a possible break-up is looming. The couple is currently traveling together on their On The Run tour and they are reportedly traveling with marriage counselors.
Additional rumors in the media suggest that the argument between Jay Z and Solange stemmed from an interaction earlier in the night, when Solange learned that Jay planned to meet up with singer Rhianna at a later event, without his wife Beyonce’.
Other than cryptic Instagram and Twitter posts, the celebrity couple has not made any official statements, which leaves the gossip-hungry media and their loyal fans to speculate.
In mid-August, reports began to surface that the celebrity couple was, in fact, headed for separation or divorce. Sources close to “B” stated that she is “done” and that an immediate split will begin once they finish their tour in Paris, France.
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