(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
When she broke off from Destiny’s Child, she was first featured on Jay-Z’s single “03 Bonnie & Clyde” about a runaway love affair. Later the two collaborated on her “Crazy in Love,” which gave rise to her alter-ego, Sasha Fierce.
“You know we were friends first for a year and a half before we went on any date on the phone for a year and a half,” she told Oprah Winfrey. “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.” (Frank Micelotta / Getty Images / Courtesy)
When Beyoncé appeared on Oprah’s Next Chapter in 2013 to promote her “Life Is but a Dream” documentary, Oprah said: “I remember the first time you were on the Oprah show, I told you, ‘Don’t go around telling people who you’re dating.’ I think you took that all the way. Don’t tell people who you’re dating, but you can tell people who you’re married to, OK?” (People.com / Courtesy)
The music moguls haven’t offered a direct explanation of the name choice but Bey did share a limerick on her website that potentially clarified the choice. They added on “Ivy” because of the significance of the number 4 -- or IV. Both of them were born on the 4th of their respective birth months and the couple was married on April 4, 2008.
A few days after she was born, Jay-Z dedicated the song “Glory” to his daughter and the track featured her cries, so he credited her as “B.I.C.” ( Ed Burke for Beyonce.com / Associated Press / Courtesy)
She later kicked off a Super Bowl press conference in New Orleans belting out the national anthem. She then confirmed her use of the pre-recorded track during the inauguration because she was a “perfectionist,” adding that she “absolutely” planned to sing live during the Super Bowl halftime show. And she did. (Win McNamee / Associated Press / Courtesy)
While promoting the doc, she said “I would not be the woman I am if I did not go home to that man.” (Larry Busacca / Getty Images / Courtesy)
Jay-Z and Beyonce look up at the scoreboard during an NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the L.A. Clippers in Oklahoma City.(Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press / Courtesy)
“I want to thank God, I mean, a little bit for this award, but also all the universe for conspiring and for putting that beautiful light of a young lady in my life,” the rapper said. Then he tipped his gilded gramophone on it side and added, “I want to tell Blue, ‘Look, Daddy got a gold sippy cup for you!’” (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times / Courtesy)
Jay Z: Rapper, music mogul, businessman and family man.
The Grammy-winning musician opened up about wife Beyonce and daughter Blue Ivy in the November issue of Vanity Fair. The magazine threw back to the 2001 issue in which he and his wife both landed the cover, and Hova revealed that’s when they “were just beginning to try to date each other.”
“Well, you know, you’ve got to try first. You got to dazzle . . . wine and dine,” he told the mag’s Lisa Robinson, who wondered if he would have been as successful with Bey had he been a gas station attendant. But he was “fiercely confident” in his swagger.
“If I’m as cool as I am, yes,” the 43-year-old said. “But she’s a charming Southern girl, you know, she’s not impressed … But I would have definitely had to be this cool.”
He also joked that the pop diva was a “good girl” until she got involved with him. “She’s gangsta now,” he added.
Which brings us to Blue Ivy and the whole fake baby bump and birth ordeal, which irked the rapper.
“It’s just so stupid,” he said. “You know, I felt dismissive about it, but you’ve got to feel for her. I mean, we’ve got a really charmed life, so how can we complain? But when you think about it, we’re still human beings.... And even in hip-hop, all the blogs — they had a field day with it. I’m like, ‘We come from you guys, we represent you guys. Why are you perpetuating this? Why are you adding fuel to this ridiculous rumor?’ ”
Rumor also had it that their 18-month-old preferred his mother’s booty-shaking music to her dad’s lyrical throwdowns, which he insists isn’t true either.
“She does like her mother’s music — she watches [Beyoncé's concerts] on the computer every night,” he said. “But my album came out and I don’t know if Blue ever heard any of my music prior to this album — she’s only 18 months old and I don’t play my music around the house. But this album was new, so we played it. And she loves all the songs. She plays a song and she goes, ‘More, Daddy, more.… Daddy song.’ She’s my biggest fan. If no one bought the ‘Magna Carta’ [album], the fact that she loves it so much, it gives me the greatest joy. And that’s not like a cliché. I’m really serious.”
Hova said he and Beyonce also had no plans to make products bearing their daughter’s moniker, explaining that they had her name trademarked only so it couldn’t be exploited by others for profit.
“People wanted to make products based on our child’s name and you don’t want anybody trying to benefit off your baby’s name,” he said. “It wasn’t for us to do anything; as you see, we haven’t done anything.”
Despite the discussion of money and the fact that the A-listers were recently named the highest-earning celebrity couple by Forbes -- making a cool $95 million combined last year -- Jay Z dismissed the number as a “guesstimate,” saying that money isn’t what motivates him.
“I’m not motivated by that. ... I don’t sit around with my friends and talk about money, ever. On a record, that’s different.”
In the full interview, which hits newsstands Oct. 9, he also talks about his childhood in Brooklyn, his past as a crack dealer and thoughts on President Obama’s reelection.
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