Beyoncé and Jay-Z have weathered a lot of storms together as a couple. Surviving as a celebrity couple isn’t easy in the first place. Add cheating, difficulty conceiving, and a miscarriage to the mix, maintaining a healthy relationship is no easy feat.
But Queen B and her King are still going strong. They now have three children together, and things seem to be going well. However, the two are notoriously tight-lipped about their relationship. A lot of the clues about how they met come from their songs.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z met when Queen B was just 18
The two actually have a fairly significant age gap. Jay-Z is 12 years older than Bey, meaning he was 30 when they met. That may seem unsavory to some fans, but they didn’t rush into a relationship. The two met on a plane ride to Cancun, and after the trip, they continued to talk on the phone and get to know each other. According to Jay-Z, Beyoncé may have been in another relationship at the time. When she ended it, the two went on their first date. That was after more than a year of getting to know each other.
It seems like Beyoncé was very mature for her age. Despite the fact that there was an obvious spark between her and Jay-Z, they took things slow. They built a solid foundation, which may be why they are still around today.
Jay-Z alluded to their meeting in ‘Everything is Love’
In 2018, more than a decade after their first date, Jay-Z and Beyoncé released Everything is Love, a joint album where Jay-Z apparently rapped about every aspect of their relationship, including their meeting, according to the Chicago Tribune.
His lyrics reveal that although they didn’t get together right away, Jay-Z knew right away that Beyoncé was the one for him. The song “713” contains the line “Fate had me sittin’ next to you on the plane/ And I knew straightaway.” It also talks about some of the early mistakes Jay made in their relationship. Their first date was at the restaurant Nobu, known for high-end sushi. Jay-Z brought a friend, apparently to act as a kind of ‘buffer’ and keep things from getting too serious with Beyoncé. In “713” he admits this was not a good idea, saying “I brought my dude to play it cool/ My first foolish mistake.”
Beyoncé and Jay-Z use music to communicate with each other
It’s not surprising Jay-Z revealed how he and Beyoncé first met in song lyrics. He and Beyoncé communicate with each other, and with the general public, through music. Their relationship is based in their art, and when they share their art with the world, they share their most personal lives as well.
Most of their most successful songs are collaborations between the two, or songs that they’ve written about each other. They ‘confirmed’ their relationship to the public in song; “03 Bonnie and Clyde” came out before Jay-Z and Beyoncé publicly announced their relationship, but the lyrics made it obvious that they were a couple.
Then, Beyoncé shared with the world that Jay-Z had cheated on her. Although a few songs hint at it, the album Lemonade made it crystal clear. True to form, Jay-Z apologized with an album of his own. 4:44 was Jay-Z’s apparently successful attempt to make things better. He revealed he cheated on Beyoncé, according to Vogue, the same year he released his apology album. According to Jay-Z, their complete artistic honesty can be hard at times. It hurts to hear how much they hurt one another. But in the end, their relationship is better for it.