Jay-Z Proposed to Beyoncé Because He Was Worried About Losing Her (Again)

Beyoncé Knowles is one of the biggest superstars of all time, with a massive fan base and an extravagant net worth. The singer is an acclaimed actress, activist, and producer — and she is a wife and mother as well. There’s no doubt that being Beyoncé is hard work, and keeping up with all of her tasks and responsibilities has to get overwhelming at times. Just like good partners everywhere, her husband Jay-Z likely gets worried about her from time to time. As it turns out, his fear for Knowles’ workaholic tendencies could have played a role in his marriage proposal to the star. 

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Beyoncé rose to fame at an early age

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Born in Houston, Texas, in 1981, Beyoncé Knowles started singing and dancing at a very early age. She started to get recognition from teachers and peers, and her parents encouraged her to follow her dreams, with her father, Mathew Knowles, even becoming her manager. Knowles joined a girl group as a teenager, and under the name Destiny’s Child, the group began touring and recording music, doing what they could to get noticed.

In the late nineties, Destiny’s Child had become one of the biggest girl groups in the world, with fans emulating their signature style and singing their catchy lyrics. Still, Knowles was ready to break out on her own, and in 2001, Destiny’s Child announced that they would be going on hiatus, freeing up Knowles to work on her own projects. She wasted no time, and started the process of writing and recording her own solo album. 

When did Beyoncé start dating Jay-Z?

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When she was only eighteen years old, Beyoncé Knowles met the acclaimed rapper Jay-Z. The two hit it off right away and became fast friends. They didn’t date until around a year later, after establishing a basis of friendship and mutual understanding. They began collaborating on musical projects, and although many fans and publications speculated about their relationship status, the two steadfastly kept their romance out of the press.

Their early relationship was not without difficulties. The pressures of keeping a high-profile romance very private was no doubt taxing on the couple, added to the fact that both stars were pursuing careers in the music industry. Knowles, in particular, was in the spotlight 24/7, with all eyes looking to how she would handle the transition from member of a girl group to a solo star. 

Jay-Z was worried about Beyoncé’s workaholic tendencies 

In 2005, Jay-Z and Beyoncé Knowles broke up for a brief period of time, according to Cosmopolitan. While the breakup was reportedly due to pervasive rumors of Jay-Z’s cheating, there were likely several factors that contributed to the split. One of them could have been that Knowles was so focused on her career. She is an admitted workaholic, and over the years, there have been some unique glimpses into the way that she pushes herself to always give one hundred percent, no matter how tough it might be for her.

The breakup didn’t last long, however. Around a year after their initial split, Jay-Z and Knowles were back together and determined to work on any issues that they had. In fact, according to Even the Rich podcast, Jay-Z was so worried about her workaholic tendencies that he decided to take the next step in their relationship by proposing to the hardworking star. Clearly, she accepted his proposal, and in early 2008, they got married in a glamorous, private ceremony. These days, the two are still happily married and share three young children — as well as a massive business empire that earns them millions of dollars.