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The reason why Jay-Z and Beyoncé broke up in 2005


Beyoncé and Jay-Z are generally considered the perfect power couple. Many have tried to mimic the relationship the two moguls have. Still, none of these faux relationships stood the test of time. Bey and Hov have a picture-perfect family unit with three adorable children, successful careers, a mega music empire, and a loving marriage. The two are happier than ever.

The two superstar entertainers have been lovers for over two decades now, and their love for each other is just as intact as when they first met. While it seems like they’ve always had an impeccable relationship, Bey and Hov have had just as much turbulence in their relationship as any average couple. As proved by the 2014 footage of Beyoncé’s sister frustratedly kicking the rapper in a lift at the Met Gala.

Furthermore, there has been trouble in paradise more times than once and lightning can strike twice. In 2005 the power couple split up for an entire year and there has always been a lot of speculation as to why.

There has always been quite a significant age gap between the two stars. Beyoncé first crossed paths with the rapper when she was 18 years old in 2000. At this time, Jay-Z was 30. It is said that the two met at that year’s MTV Spring Break festival, where Destiny’s Child were performing. However, Beyoncé at this time was in a relationship with her Houston high school sweetheart at the time.

It’s always been unclear with regard to precisely when two stars started dating. However, they went public with their relationship around 2002. From here, the couple started to appear in each other’s music videos and even attended the 2004 BET Awards arm in arm. After going public with their relationship, Beyoncé and Jay-Z appeared happily in love but (for the most part) successfully kept their relationship under wraps and their love life out of the public eye.

However, while fans and the gossip-hungry media were assuming that the couple’s relationship was swimmingly, out of the blue, rumours started to surface in 2005 when they secretly broke up for a brief time. The reason for their split was never officially confirmed. However, media outlets with inside sources revealed that the break up was due to Jay-Z allegedly sleeping with his Roc Nation protégé, Rihanna.

Fans also speculated that perhaps Jay-Z had dumped Bey because the singer was too focused on her career. Irrespective of the media and fan speculation, Beyoncé and Jay-Z ultimately ended up back with each other less than a year later and haven’t been apart since. However, they have still had rough patches. You can watch Jay-Z speak on his relationship in the interview below.