Beyoncé Was Really Caught off Guard by the ‘Becky With the Good Hair’ Drama, Songwriter Says
Beyoncé’s Lemonade was released in April 2016 as a surprise to fans. The Beyhive was used to the singer springing new albums and songs on them. However, no one could have anticipated how revealing the album would be.
On Lemonade, Beyoncé’ chronicles the ups and downs that she experienced in her marriage to rapper Jay-Z. There are songs about infidelity, anger, love, and regret. However, one track off the album, “Sorry,” seemed to get the largest response from fans.
In “Sorry,” Beyoncé references someone called “Becky with the Good Hair” as the woman Jay-Z cheated with. After hearing the lyrics, fans scrambled to figure out who the “Formation” singer was talking about. Now, the “Black Parade” singer’s collaborator on “Sorry” reveals what Beyoncé’ really thought about the speculation.
What is the meaning behind Beyoncé’s song ‘Sorry’?
“Sorry” chronicles an irate woman who is fed up with her husband’s cheating. It’s about the woman reclaiming her identity and her time without the man involved. In the song, the Houston-born singer says, “He trying to roll me up, I ain’t picking up. Headed to the club, I ain’t thinking ’bout you.”
The infamous line referencing Becky with the good hair is, “He only want me when I’m not there/He better call Becky with the good hair.”
Though Jay-Z confirmed he was unfaithful in his marriage in his 2017 album 4:44, fans have still scrambled to discover the identity of the “Becky” that Beyoncé sings about.
Who is Becky with the good hair?
For some time, there was speculation that Becky was actor Gwyneth Paltrow. However, the actor released a statement calling the rumors, “completely absurd and 100% false.”
Other fans tried to point the blame toward “Body on Me” singer Rita Ora. She also quickly shut that down. “As for the rest of it, I’m oblivious, I’m just not the gossip queen. I find it incredibly rude and disrespectful to women in general [when] we get accused of something that’s basically against the important part — the music,” she told Vanity Fair.
Fashion designer Rachel Roy also had to clear the air after a questionable caption on Instagram that read in part, “good hair don’t care,” just after Lemonade was released. “I want to put the speculation and rumors to rest. My Instagram post was meant to be fun and lighthearted, it was misunderstood as something other than that,” she said in a statement to People. “There is no validity to the idea that the song references me personally. There is no truth to the rumors.”
Beyoncé was caught off guard by the Becky with the good hair drama
Now, it appears that Beyoncé was just using the name Becky as a metaphor, and she was alarmed by all of the drama that it caused.
“Sorry’s” main writer Diana Gordon explained why Beyoncé was taken aback by all of the speculation. “I don’t think she expected it,” Gordon told Entertainment Weekly. “I saw her at her Formation tour. She had a pajama party; we laughed, we danced, we hugged it out. But I didn’t say much about it at the time because I wanted to give her space.”
Gordon herself was also a bit stunned. “I laughed, like this is so silly,” she said. “Where are we living? I was like, ‘What day in age from that lyric do you get all of this information?” she said. “Is it really telling you all that much, accusing people?”