It has long been speculated that Rihanna and Jay Z had more than a ~business relationship~ (if you catch our drift), but a new tell-all about the music mogul, 45, and his wife, Beyoncé, 34, alleges the “Bitch Better Have My Money” singer once came between the husband and wife — and caused the power couple to break up!
According to the tell-all, Becoming Beyoncé by J. Randy Taraborrelli, the split happened in 2005 — at the time, Jay felt Bey was more dedicated to her career than her marriage.
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Jay and Bey at a performance in Brooklyn last night, Oct. 20. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“He felt that she was too concerned with [work] and overwhelmed by it… She also had a tendency to become moody and defensive when under great work pressure, and it had begun to drive a wedge between her and Jay,” he writes in his forthcoming, unauthorized biography, per an excerpt obtained by Radar Online.
He continues, “The two broke up for a time during that year. She flat out told him she needed a break.”
It was around the same time that Rihanna — then only a teenager — entered the scene.
Jay and Rihanna in 2005. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Though the Jay/Rih hookup was never confirmed, Beyoncé allegedly believed the rumor mill.
“Beyoncé wasn’t sure she could trust Jay when it came to his adamant denials. She couldn’t help but be skeptical,” the author writes, adding that things became tense when the couple got in a fight at his 40/40 Club in NYC.
“All that was heard…was Rihanna’s name uttered several times, before Beyoncé stood up and stormed off.”
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Eventually, the two reconciled the following year, but it has since been claimed that the infamous “Elevator Incident” occurred when Hov suggested the couple attend a Met Gala after-party hosted by the gorgeous 27-year-old.