They’re not perfect, but it’s their life! Beyoncé and Jay Z are top notch performers, entertainers and business people but they’ve had their fair share of stumbles and even faced some embarrassing rumors and realities!
Our friends at Radar put together a great list of some of the scandals and shady associations that have marred Camel and Beyawnsay’s reign as music business’ royal couple. We put together a shorter version with the sketchiest stuff.
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Being In Bed With Barneys
Jay Z has been criticized for launching a collection with Barneys in the wake of their racial profiling scandal.
Carters In Cuba
This Spring, Jay Z and Beyonce celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary with a trip to Havana, Cuba, where Americans are still prohibited from traveling. “I wasn’t familiar that they were taking this trip,” President Obama said, after some criticized their behavior.
When an odd angle made Beyonce’s pregnant belly appear to collapse during an Australian TV interview, it kicked off rumors that the couple was faking the pregnancy and had actually hired a surrogate to carry their daughter. Both later denied it.
Norman Oosterbroek, the former bodyguard for Jay Z, Beyonce, and Blue Ivy, was shot dead by police this summer during a drug-fueled naked rampage in Miami. Oosterbroek was also accused of “pleasuring himself” to photos of Beyonce and Blue Ivy. The couple fired him after that.
Papa Was A Rolling Stone
Beyonce’s father, Matthew Knowles, has admitted to being an alcohol, drugs, and sex addict, and having several affairs throughout his marriage to Beyonce’s mother, Tina Knowles. “I went to a treatment facility in 1992 …” he told Star. “In 1998 … I was treated a second time.”
Long before Blue Ivy’s arrival there were plenty of rumors that Jay Z had a secret son with Trinidadian model Shenelle Scott. “They did DNA tests,” Jerald Andrews, the father of Scott’s ex-boyfriend Malike Sayeed told Star. “It’s been determined that [he’s] Jay Z’s baby. Jay Z’s camp vehemently denied the claims.
British reality star Holly Hagan accused Jay Z of cheating on Beyonce with pop star Rita Ora in January. Ora denied it, and Hagan replied, “Don’t shoot the messenger! Of course I’m only a Z-list, why would anyone care what I say ; )”
In 2001, Jay Z pleaded guilty to stabbing record producer Lance “Un” Rivera during a nightclub brawl. He successfully completed three years of probation.
Earlier this year, rapper LIV told Radar that Jay Z hit on her in 2008 when he was with Beyonce. Nothing more happened than that, and Jay Z never commented.
Swagger Like Hers
Fans accused Beyonce of ripping off her 2011 Billboard Awards performance from Italian pop star Lorella Cuccarini. Beyonce admitted to being influence by the work, saying, “Thank God for YouTube, or I would have never been exposed to something so inspiring.”
Not His Brother’s Keeper
Jay Z has also admitted to shooting his drug addict brother when he was just 12 years old and growing up in Brooklyn’s Marcy projects. His brother survived the shooting and refused to press charges.
Read Her Lips
In January, Beyonce was exposed for lip synching at President Obama’s inauguration. She admitted the faux pas, and followed it up with an “absolutely … live” performance at the Super Bowl.
In 1997, the sons of deceased one-time Destiny’s Child co-manager Andretta Tillman sued Beyonce’s father, Matthew Knowles, accusing him of squandering money on drugs and escorts. The lawsuit was settled. Knowles denied misappropriating the money.
In 2009, the National ENQUIRER claimed that Michelle Obama was peeved about Beyonce’s closeness to Barack. A source told the mag, “She feels her job is to keep the president focused and protect him from the distraction of Hollywood stars.”
Back in 2010, there were rumors that Jay Z got adult film star Jazmine Cashmire pregnant. She later denied it on her Twitter account, tweeting, ‘NO I AM NOT PREGNANT BY JAY Z OR ANY OTHER RAPPER FROM NEW YORK.” Jay Z denied it as well, but friends told the National Enquirer that he paid her off and bought her a $2.5 million home as hush money.
A Wikileaks document exposed the fact that Beyonce had performed at a party connected to brutal Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. When she found out about who was really behind her gig, she quietly donated her fee to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund.
Baby Mama Drama
Beyonce’s dad, Matthew Knowles, has a love child of his own with mistress Alexsandra Wright. Though the child has been proven to be biologically his, the couple are still at war over child support.
Cracks In The Foundation
Beyonce has admitted that as a young performer, she struggled to deal with the pressures of fame. “Years ago, I was definitely headed for a breakdown,” she told Gotham magazine in 2008.
Harry Belafonte blasted Jay Z and Beyonce for having “turned their backs on social responsibility.” Jay Z responded, “I’m offended by that because first of all, and this is going to sound arrogant, but my presence is charity. Just who I am. Just like Obama’s is. Obama provides hope.”
The Fertilization Of Free
In 2004, there were rumors that Jay Z had fathered a love child with Free, the popular co-host of BET show 106 & Park. Both sides vehemently denied a hookup.
Beyonce fired his dad as her manager in 2011, amid rumors he had entered rehab for addiction problems. Beyonce insisted that the split was just over creative differences. “It took a while for me and my dad to have an understanding,” she explained this year. “…We had our issues.” He later admitted to sex addiction and drug and alcohol abuse.
No Love From The Legendary
After Beyonce sang Etta James’ song, “At Last,” at the Obama inauguration ball, James raged to a concert crowd, “That woman (president Obama) had singing for him singing my song … she’s gonna get her ass whipped! The great Beyonce! I can’t stand Beyonce! She had no business up there singing .. my song that I’ve been singing forever!”