Beyoncé Once Took Credit For Writing a Hit Song She Didn’t Write

All hail Queen Bey! To so many of us, Beyoncé is the epitome of literal perfection. She is so fierce, so talented, and so gorgeous that we’re willing to forgive her for most wrongdoings. She is the Queen, after all.

But some fans might be put off learning that Beyoncé has actually told a pretty big lie in her past – and stole acknowledgment from someone who deserved it. 

Beyoncé is one of the most successful musical artists of all time

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Although we all met her when she was just a young girl singing as part of the girl trio Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé has since grown in importance to become something of a world icon. She first started a solo singing career in 2003, and has appeared in movies as well.

Her 2008 marriage to legendary rap artist Jay-Z only catapulted her even further into American royalty. She has a passionate and loyal following all around the world.

Some of Queen Bey’s most popular hit singles have included her debut single, ‘Crazy In Love’, ‘Halo’, ‘Formation’, and ‘Brown Skin Girl’.

She is currently one of the most successful musical artists of all time, and has sold over 17 million albums just as a solo artist (not to mention the millions she sold as a member of Destiny’s Child). She’s currently worth around half a billion dollars.

‘Irreplaceable’, one of Beyoncé’s most popular songs

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As soon as you hear, “To the left, to the left…” on the radio, you immediately recognize the song. Just about everyone in the world can sing along with one of Beyoncé’s most famous songs ever, “Irreplaceable.” The single was incredibly successful when it was first released in 2006 as part of the queen’s second studio album, B’Day. 

The powerful anthem is told from the perspective of a woman who knows that her man is cheating on her, but is ready to replace him.

“You must not know ’bout me, you must not know ’bout me; I could find another you in a minute, matter o’ fact he’ll be here in a minute, baby,” Beyoncé croons, mocking the fictional man who dared do her wrong. The song conveys a powerful message about female empowerment, and not having to put up with a partner who doesn’t treat you right.

“Baby I won’t shed a tear for you; I won’t lose a wink of sleep. ‘Cause the truth of the matter is, replacing you is so easy,” she sings, as women across the world yell, “YES!”

“Irreplaceable” reached number one on the U.S. charts, becoming Beyoncé’s fourth single to do so. It remained at the top of the Billboard 100 for ten whole weeks, and is in general one of the most memorable, recognized songs of the singer’s career.

Did Beyoncé lie about writing ‘Irreplaceable’?

According to Bustle, Beyoncé actually told a fib about writing the catchy lyrics to ‘Irreplaceable’. Apparently, in an interview with Marie Claire UK, Beyoncé suggested that she wrote the lyrics to the song, saying: “I’m sure people think I wrote it about [Jay Z] or something, but… the obvious person is not the person at all.” 

We did, in fact, wonder if the song was written about her husband (who’s been known to be unfaithful in the past), but the song couldn’t possibly have been written about him – because Beyoncé didn’t write the lyrics at all.

Popular singer Ne-Yo claimed that he wrote the song. In an interview with a radio station, discussing songs that he’s written for other artists, he said: “One song that I gave away and didn’t want to is Beyoncé’s “Irreplaceable.” I honestly wrote that song for myself … However, a man singing it comes across a little bit misogynistic, a little bit mean.”

So did our Queen lie? It seems like it, but one thing’s for sure: we definitely forgive her.