It’s been a wonderful 7 years between Beyonce and Jay Z as they celebrate their wedding anniversary. Not many thought they would come this far, I apologize for being part of that school of thought, but here they are. In the spirit of celebration I will take a look back at their love story from the very beginning.
The pair have never looked as loved up as they have recently, with the singer sharing streams of family snaps online with her hubby and daughter Blue Ivy.
But where did it all begin for the king and queen of hip-hop?
Shawn Corey Carter and Beyoncé Giselle Knowles first clapped eyes on each other in 2001 but it wasn’t until a year later, when they collaborated on hit track Bonnie & Clyde, that sparks really started to fly. Bey was still a teen at the time – Jay was 12 years her senior.
“I was 18 when we first met, 19 when we started dating. There was no rush. No one expected me to run off and get married,” the pop stunner later said.
And that’s exactly what they did – took it slow and built a friendship before falling in love.
“We were friends first, for a year and a half, before we went on any date, [we were] on the phone for a year and a half. And that foundation is so important in a relationship. And just to have someone that you just like, is so important. And someone that is honest.”
Following the release of Bonnie & Clyde it wasn’t long before rumours that the couple were involved romantically began whirling around, though they always remained tight-lipped about any romance – and would do so for years.
But despite never publicly acknowledging they were lovers, they regularly popped up courtside at various basketball matches, fashion shows and other fancy A-list events.
It wasn’t until 2004 that they made their very first red carpet debut as a pair at the MTV Video Music Awards. Understandably, the world went a little bit wild about it all.
In 2007 the Drunk In Love singer stepped out with a whopper of a sparkler – a $5million, 18-carat Lorraine Schwartz-designed whopper to be precise – on her engagement ring finger. And again, the world got very excited.
They then tied the knot in a private ceremony at their Tribeca home in April 2008. Cue mega-million pound magazine deals to add to their already enormous fortune? Not for these two.
A year later in 2009 Forbes ranked the savvy business duo as Hollywood’s top-earning couple. The lovers and savvy business duo also made more than any other celebrity couple last year.
In 2010, after years of tours, features films, and hit records, Beyonce announced she wanted to take a break to focus on hubby Jay, while also hinting that she was keen to start popping out little mini Jay and Beys soon.
“I did it for my sanity, my life, my relationships, my nephew, my husband, my sister and my friendships,” she said of her career break. “I can decide I want to have kids. I can be the mother I want to be.”
Seven years after they made the red carpet debut at the MTV VMAs, they were back with some other very exciting news – the singer was expecting the couple’s first child.
Glowing in a floor-skimming red gown, the mum-to-be proudly showed off her growing baby bump to snappers – and Twitter exploded.
Bey’s bump even broke the social media site’s record for most related tweets per second.
Later she said: “I didn’t want a crazy picture or gossip story to break the news, so I decided to say nothing and proudly show my baby bump.”
Following the baby news the pair gradually grew more and more comfortable with PDAs. They were even spotted on double dates with high-profile pals Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow. And since the birth of their first bubba Blue Ivy Carter in January 2012 in New York, the once notoriously private pair have become even more open about their love for one another.
In an official statement released after Blue’s birth, the rapper and Bey announced: “Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in heaven. We are thankful to everyone for all your prayers, well wishes, love and support.”
In late 2013 the singer then surprised the world with a visual album and also released a string of video features where she spoke candidly about home life for the very first time.
Meanwhile Jay was making his own public declarations of love. When he picked up his Grammy for Holy Grail, the Justin Timberlake collaboration, he pointed to his wife in the crowd and said, “I want to thank God, I mean a little for this award, but mostly for that and all the universes for conspiring and putting that beautiful light of a young woman in my life.”
By 2014 rumours of a family feud hit the headlines after incredible footage emerged showing Jay Z being attacked in a lift by Beyonce’s sister Solange.
The family later hushed rumours they were at war with a series of happy pictures of her and her sister on her Instagram account before 7am New York time the day after the footage was leaked.
But rumours continue to dog the couple with the latest news that they are said to be planning a trial separation but do not want to go ahead with a divorce.
A source told The New York Post: “They are trying to figure out a way to split without divorcing. This is a huge concert tour and they’ve already gotten most of the money from the promoters up front. There are no rings, if you haven’t noticed.”
This doesn’t matter anyway, this couple continue to go from strength to strength in the midst of every rumour. If they can go 7, I think they can go 70. lol.
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