Are Michelle Obama and Beyoncé friends?

Everyone loves powerful women. Whether they’re a former First Lady who attended Harvard Law School or a musician with 23 Grammy awards, some celebrities have a way of empowering their fans and, in fact, each other.

Since the Inauguration Ball in 2008, Michelle Obama and Beyoncé have since been called best friends, icons, and even “America’s Power Couple.” Today, they continue to support each other and celebrate underrepresented communities.

Are Michelle Obama and Beyoncé friends? Take a closer look at their relationship, ahead.

It’s unclear when Michelle Obama and Beyoncé met

According to CNN, the Obamas and the Carters have admired each other for a while. In 2008, along the campaign trail, former President Barack Obama made references to Jay-Z’s song, “Dirt Off Your Shoulder.” Later in 2008, when Barack Obama won the Presidential election, Beyoncé sang her rendition of “At Last” during the Inauguration Ball.

They celebrate each other

In 2019, Obama was amongst Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential people. It only fits that Miss Carter wrote a short essay about their relationship for Time.

“I’m honored to know such a brilliant black woman who’s spoken about the sacrifice it takes to balance her passions while remaining a supportive partner and mother, and now a best-selling author with Becoming,” wrote Beyoncé. “She has continued to open herself up, even if it meant being criticized. She has continued to be a portrait of grace.”

Beyonce and Michelle Obama
Beyonce and Michelle Obama|Taylor Hill/WireImage

They are both are philanthropists

True friends support each other’s charity. Michelle and Beyoncé are no exception to that rule.

In 2010, Michelle Obama introduced her “Let’s Move” initiative, to encourage children to stay active and, overall, raise the next generation to be healthy. To show her support, Beyoncé created a new music video for “Get Me Bodied” that featured some of her fitness-themed dance routines. Beyoncé even surprised students at a “Let’s Move!” Flash Workout Event in New York.

When Beyoncé performed at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival, (an organization that supports philanthropists and a host of different charities), she was also the performer who introduced Michelle Obama onto the stage. There, Michelle discussed the #62MillionGirls campaign.

Michelle loves Beyoncé’s music

For Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s joint 2018 tour, the “On The Run II Tour,” stadiums around the world overflowed with fans of the Carters, including Michelle Obama.

Fans spotted Michelle Obama and her daughter, Sasha jamming alongside Beyoncé’s mother during the Carters’ concert in Paris, France. About a month later, Michelle was at the Carters’ show in Landover, Maryland with her husband, according to Variety. If that’s not friendship, we don’t know what is.

Michelle loves ‘Homecoming,’ too

Among Beyoncé’s recent accomplishments, she released a Netflix documentary, Homecoming, exploring the rehearsal and preparation process for her 2018 Coachella performance. Fondly nicknamed “Beychella” by Beyoncé’s fans, this performance highlighted historically black colleges and African American history.

Michelle Obama, of course, commended Beyoncé on the success of the documentary and the power of her performance. “I also love that your film ‘Homecoming‘ is informed by the black leaders, thinkers, and poets who’ve paved the way for folks like us,” said Michelle Obama in an Instagram post.