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Beyoncé and JAY-Z might be entertainment’s biggest power couple, but for a long time, we knew next to nothing about their very private relationship. Though the pair have been a couple since the early 2000s –they did not publicly acknowledge their relationship until after they were married in 2008.

In recent years with their albums —Lemonade, 4:44, and their collaborate album, Everything Is Love the songstress and the rapper have become much more transparent about their relationship which has had both good and bad times. Rewinding back to the early days –how old was the Destiny’s Child alum when she first met her husband?

Beyoncé met JAY-Z when she was 18

Both Beyoncé and JAY- Z were massive staples in the music industry by the time they first crossed paths in 1999. The “Crazy in Love” songstress was 18, and the Reasonable Doubt rapper was 30. When they met, the “Resentment” singer already had a beau, and she was beginning to plot her solo career, so she and the rapper did not officially begin dating until 2001.

What was Beyoncé and JAY- Z’s first date like?

In a 2008 interview with Seventeen — a typically reserved Beyoncé revealed, “I was 18 when we first met, 19 when we first started dating.” However, their relationship didn’t exactly begin on the right foot. On his 2017 album 4:44 –the Brooklyn born rapper got candid about how he completed flubbed his first date with his first wife. He even brought a friend with him to dinner.

He rapped, “You kept me up on the phone while you were away / You came back, I let you set the date, Nobu on the plate / I brought my dude to play it cool, my first foolish mistake.”

When did Beyoncé and JAY-Z officially become a couple?

The power couple didn’t officially become exclusive until Beyoncé’s 21st birthday on Sept. 4, 2002. It was not a romantic affair. On “4:44” JAY-Z revealed he asked the “XO” legend to be his girlfriend in a rather crass way. He spits, “Said: “Don’t embarrass me, ” instead of “Be mine” That was my proposal for us to go steady/ That was your 21st birthday, you mature faster than me / I wasn’t ready, so I apologize

When did Beyoncé and JAY-Z get married?

Beyoncé and JAY-Z tied the not on April 4, 2008, after seven years of dating on and off. The pair wed in New York City in the rapper’s Tribeca apartment and instead of exchanging rings, they got matching IV tattoos on their ring fingers.

Later that year, Bey revealed why she and JAY- Z choose to keep their relationship private. She told Essence Magazine, “We decide everything. My word is my word. What Jay and I have is real. It’s not about interviews or getting the right photo op. It’s real.”

Did JAY- Z ever cheat on Beyoncé ?

Rumors of infidelity in Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s marriage first began to swirl in 2014, when the couple and Beyoncé’s sister Solange Knowles were caught on an elevator camera. Solange was seen trying to assault the rapper as Beyoncé looked on. When Bey dropped her 2016 album Lemonade, she unpacked the cheating and pain she had experienced in her marriage. JAY-Z later confirmed to David Letterman that he had been unfaithful to his wife.

How many children do Beyoncé and JAY-Z have?

These days, Beyoncé and JAY-Z seem to be blissfully happy. The couple has three children together. Their older daughter, Blue Ivy Carter recently turned 7, and their twins, a boy Sir, and daughter, Rumi will turn two in June 2019.

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