Photo of Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian Sparks Questions About Their Past

Kim Kardashian West and Beyoncé Knowles have several things in common — both are high-profile women in entertainment, both are married to successful rappers, and both have had to deal with extensive tabloid rumors.

The two have also crossed paths on multiple occasions, mainly due to the fact that their husbands, Kanye West and Jay-Z, shared a professional partnership for many years. Still, there is no real record of a close friendship between the two.

Recently, some fans on Reddit discussed a photo of Kardashian and Knowles that was taken years ago — a photo that seems to indicate the two might actually be close friends. 

Kanye West and Jay-Z have a lot of history between them

Beyonce, Kim Kardashian with daughter North and Anna Wintour
Beyonce, Kim Kardashian with daughter North and Anna Wintour | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for adidas

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The relationship between Beyoncé Knowles and Kim Kardashian starts with the professional working relationship between Kanye West and Jay-Z, two of the world’s most influential and high-profile rappers.

West and Jay-Z started working together in the early 2000s when West was an up and coming rapper, who was making waves for his album The College Dropout. Reportedly, Jay-Z, who was already established in the music industry, was impressed by West, and opened up opportunities for him in the business.

In 2009, West publicly sang the praises of Jay-Z’s wife, when he stole the stage from Taylor Swift at the Video Music Awards.

Knowles, graciously, later allowed Swift to return to the stage and finish her speech, and many fans speculated that she was less than thrilled with West’s antics. Over the years following the incident, Jay-Z and West continued to work together on occasion, but Jay-Z and his wife were noticeably absent from West’s 2014 marriage to Kim Kardashian

When were Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé Knowles pictured together?

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Kanye West later admitted that he was hurt by Jay-Z and Beyoncé Knowles not attending his wedding, admitting that “I understand they were going through some things, but if it’s family, you’re not going to miss a wedding.” Since the wedding, Jay-Z and West have rarely collaborated, and many suspect that the two are still going through a falling-out.

Still, there is one photo that seems to indicate that the rappers’ wives were at least friends at one point in time. The photo, which was shared by Knowles to her Instagram account in early 2015, features Knowles and Kardashian sitting side by side at an industry event, with young North West on Kardashian’s lap.

Both women look happy and relaxed, with Knowles even captioning the picture “Beautiful Princess North.” The photo recently started making the rounds on social media, with fans on Reddit discussing what the photo can reveal about the state of Knowles and Kardashian’s relationship. 

Fans speculated about the relationship between Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé Knowles

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In a recent Reddit thread, fans talked about the picture of Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé Knowles from 2015. “I’ve always thought there was no “beef” between them but they’re just different people who didn’t have common ground,” one fan posted. “It’s always awkward meeting your new partners mates, now imagine those mates are Jay-Z and Beyoncé!”

Another fan speculated that “I always attributed them to not hanging out because Kim obviously needs publicity and exposure in order to be who she is, while Beyoncé is intensely private and grows more reclusive by the year.”

Several posters referenced the alleged beef between the two women, with one pointing out “I’ll never understand the media’s fascination with the Kim – Beyonce beef. Like what? They’re different people who were always friendly with each other because of their husbands.” At this point, it seems unlikely that either woman will really open up about the real relationship between them — but intriguing photos like the one on Instagram will always keep fans talking.