How Did Beyoncé and Jay-Z Meet?

They are one of Hollywood’s most enduring and inspiring power couples, and though they’ve experienced their fair share of drama and speculation, Beyoncé and Jay-Z are still going strong, more than fifteen years after they first met.

After so many years together, many fans wonder how it all started, and where the duo first met. Here’s the rundown on how the Carters met and ultimately fell in love.

How old was Beyoncé when she met Jay-Z?

It seems as though Beyoncé is ageless, what with her flawless skin and enviable figure. But there was a time when she was a teenager like so many other girls, just trying to figure things out – and even though she was already a global superstar, following the success of her group Destiny’s Child, a relationship was a whole different ballgame.

According to Beyoncé, she was around 18 when she met Jay-Z for the first time. She went on to elaborate that although they met when she was 18, they didn’t actually start dating until after a year of talking and getting to know each other. There is a significant age gap between the couple, with Jay-Z being twelve years older than Queen B, but that hasn’t seemed to be an issue for them. The Carters have been notoriously private about the details of their relationship and marriage, but it seems that Jay-Z, who uses his music as the ultimate form of self-expression, might have recently revealed how the two went on their first date.

Did Jay-Z rap about their first date?

In June 2018, the Carters released a joint album, a surprise collaboration that delighted their fans. The album release followed a year of headlines about Jay-Z’s alleged infidelity and was full of emotional lyrics and hard-hitting beats. On one song, in particular, Jay-Z waxed poetic about meeting his future wife for the first time, and all about their first date.

The song is called “713” and details how Jay-Z met Beyoncé on a plane ride when the two were seated next to each other, on their way to the 2000 MTV Spring Break Festival in Cancun. The song goes on to detail how the two would speak over the phone for the next year and a half, which lines up with Beyoncé’s account of how their relationship progressed, but that they would eventually meet up for their first date at the hot restaurant Nobu. The rest is history, as the two would make their relationship public in 2004, after years of public speculation as to their exact status.

When did Beyoncé and Jay-Z get married?

After dating for years, the two musicians made it official in April 2008. The ceremony was top-secret, and neither of them would discuss it for several months following. Eventually, both Beyoncé and Jay-Z opened up about their reason for keeping the marriage private, claiming that since they were both public people, with so much of their lives on display, that they felt the need to keep something just for themselves. 

The superstar couple has been married for over ten years now, and still follow that philosophy of privacy in their marriage. In 2011, Beyoncé gave birth to their first child, Blue Ivy Carter, and in 2017, she had twins, Sir and Rumi Carter. Throughout the gossip and turmoil, the Carters have stayed strong, and remain a power couple that inspires the world on a daily basis. From their fateful first meeting on the airplane to commanding stages together, Beyoncé and Jay-Z seem to realize the importance of putting their relationship first and will do whatever it takes to keep their union strong.