Beyonce and Jay Z's Rumor-Filled Summer: A Timeline
For a long time, they had been pros at keeping their six-year marriage mostly out of the public spotlight, but summer 2014 will be remembered in the pop culture world as the moment the whole thing almost came tumbling down. But didn't!
The latest rumor is that while in Italy on vacation for Beyonce's birthday, the two renewed their wedding vows, and, according to some anonymous sources, "They were joined on a private beach by Beyoncé's mum Tina, their daughter Blue Ivy and a small group of close friends and recited a new set of vows during a short but very romantic ceremony, which doubled up as a birthday celebration....From now on, they intend to mark the day of the ceremony as their new wedding anniversary and have told friends they are focusing firmly on their future together." Sure, why not?
Who knows how true that all is, but it's a fitting close to the past few headline-grabbing months. Let's take a look back.
On the Run Tour Announcement, April 28
While the couple are regularly special guests during each other's shows, On the Run marks their first co-headlining tour together. Fan excitement over seeing "Drunk in Love" live is instantaneous.
Family Statement, May 15
Attributed to Beyonce, Solange and Jay Z, the family released a join statement regarding the release of the elevator footage. "There has been a great deal of speculation about what triggered the unfortunate incident. But the most important thing is that our family has worked through it. Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred. They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family," the statement said in part.
On the Run Promo Video, May 18
The high-energy trailer for the On the Run tour cast Bey and Jay as outlaws on the run, and features cameos from Jake Gyllenhaal, Blake Lively, Don Cheadle and Rashida Jones.
On the Run Tour Opening Night, June 25
The On the Run tour kicks off in Miami. The nearly two-and-a-half hour show receives rave reviews. "A highly entertaining and impressive show that went from the glamorous to the profane," Billboard declared.
NY Post Stories, July 19
Led by several anonymous sources, the first in a series of stories about the demise of Beyonce and Jay Z’s marriage appear in the New York Post. The articles feature reports that the couple are barely speaking when they aren’t onstage together and divorce is imminent. This leads to free-for-all speculation among blogs about the state of Queen Bey’s marriage. Follow-up Post stories include charges that lawyers are now accompanying them on the tour, and Beyonce shopping for a solo apartment in NYC.
Instagram Defense, July 29
While Beyonce and Jay Z don't directly respond to the "trouble in paradise" rumors, Bey's Instagram is her go-to to push their image as a happy family. Today she publishes a beach photo of Jay Z and Blue Ivy, writing, "My favorite hue is JayZ Blue."
Beyonce/Nicki Minaj "Flawless" Release, Aug. 2
With no advance warning, Queen Bey releases a remix of her tune "Flawless," featuring Nicki Minaj. The tune's buzziest line confronts the rumors head-on: "Of course sometimes sh-- goes down when there’s a billion dollars in an elevator."
Beyonce Cries In Concert, Aug 4.
During the tour, Beyonce changes up the lyrics to her song "Resentment" -- something she's been doing for years -- and the emotion she packs behind the performance leads fans to wonder just how much truth they should read into the lyrics. This comes to a head during one of their Rose Bowl shows when she appears to cry during the song, leading many to speculate that their marriage would end the second the tour wrapped.
Us Weekly Cover, Aug. 15
Beyonce -- who, for the most part, successfully kept herself off tabloid covers for most of her career -- covers Us Weekly alongside the headline, "Beyonce Plans Divorce: Enough!" Beyonce continues to push happy family photos on her Instagram.
HBO Trailer, Aug. 17
A trailer for the HBO concert special is released, featuring Beyonce covering "Bang Bang."
Tina Knowles Makes Statement, Aug. 21
Tracked down on the sidewalk by a TMZ reporter, Beyonce's mom, Tina Knowles, tells the reporter Bey and Jay "are perfect" and that she "doesn’t read the bull." Case closed?
MTV Video Music Awards Performance, Aug. 24
With rumors at a fever pitch -- and some wondering if perhaps she'll announce her hypothetical single status from the stage of the VMAs -- Beyonce performs every track off Beyonce in a 16-minute medley. She's then joined onstage by Blue Ivy and Jay Z, who calls her "the greatest living entertainer." A teary-eyed Bey responds: "Blue, I love you. My beloved, I love you" before they publicly kiss. This begins a shift in the public sentiment about their marriage.
Mathew Knowles Makes a Statement, Aug. 28
Beyonce’s father and onetime manager goes on a local Houston radio show and heavily implies that all the rumors were simply created to drum up publicity for the tour, including -- gasp! -- the elevator incident. Because Bey is reportedly estranged from him, the news doesn't gain much traction.
Made in America Festival, Aug. 31
The two are a picture-perfect loving couple in photos from the event.
Beyonce's 33rd Birthday Video, Sept. 4
On Beyonce's 33rd birthday, Jay Z releases a goofy, behind-the-scenes video to mark the occasion.
Birthday Vacation, Sept. 4
The family heads to Italy for sun and relaxation, and paparazzi get photos of them as a happy couple, on the beach with their daughter, walking hand-in-hand in Paris -- even crashing a wedding.
Paris Pregnancy Comments, Sept. 12
Jay Z and Beyonce come together for their final On the Run tour engagements: two nights in Paris. The first night, Jay Z gets the Internet buzzing with a new rumor when he allegedly changes the lyrics in "Beach Is Better" to "Pregnant with another one."
On the Run in Paris, Sept. 13
Jay Z and Beyonce end their tour by declaring their love for each other in front of a screaming crowd of tens of thousands.
The Champagne Incident, Sept. 13
Seemingly shutting down the pregnancy rumors, the couple post photos of them celebrating the end of their tour with champagne.
Album Collaboration, Sept. 16
The tour barely wrapped, and already there are rumors that the two's next joint project will be a collaborative album. The unconfirmed news comes from a report from Dash Radio's DJ Skee who says he got word on the collaboration from sources close to Bey and Jay's camp, adding that the album is set to be released in late 2014 or early 2015.
Rumors of Vow Renewal Ceremony, Sept. 18
And so we arrive at today, when "sources" tell a U.K. paper that over Beyonce's birthday, the two renewed their vows, and are "focusing on their future."