Alleged Jay-Z Tape Places Strain on Marriage with Beyonce
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.
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