When it comes to media headlines, only one thing has been able to compete with the news of Prince’s death: Beyonce’s Lemonade album.
And according to Wendy Williams, that’s simply unacceptable.
On Monday, the talk show host took Beyonce to task for taking the spotlight away from Prince when Beyonce released Lemonade on HBO on Saturday night.
While talking about Beyonce’s new album, Williams said, “Quite frankly, I wish that Beyonce held off on this album until Prince — like until the entire weekend kind of blew over.”
Prince died Thursday at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Since his death, family, friends, and fans around the world have flooded social media with memories and images of the impact Prince had on their lives and on the world at large.
Had it not been for Beyonce’s dramatic album, Wendy Williams seems to believe that Prince’s death would have been given more headlines, more recognition, and more respect.
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Beyonce originally teased the long-awaited album several days before her HBO reveal. Soon after the visual album release, Beyonce released the songs on Tidal, and by Monday morning, the songs had also been released on iTunes.
Certainly, Beyonce’s Lemonade album has seen a ton of publicity. The 34-year-old “Single Ladies” singer is said to take her husband, Jay Z, to task for allegedly cheating on her. Since its release, gossip sites have speculated about all of the women Jay Z may have cheated on Beyonce with.
One name that keeps coming to the forefront is that of fashion designer Rachel Roy. Roy gave credibility to the rumors herself after she posted a photo to Instagram indicating that she might, in fact, be “Becky with the good hair,” who Beyonce references at the end of her song “Sorry.” Roy’s photo, which she’s since deleted, was captioned in part “Good hair don’t care.” Rumors indicate that Roy may have been the source of the 2014 elevator fight between Jay Z and Beyonce’s sister, Solange Knowles.
Find out more about the elevator fight in the video below.
In addition to dragging Beyonce for releasing her album too soon after Prince’s death, Wendy Williams also sent a message to Rachel Roy.
To Roy, Williams said, “You’re not this fighting girl. Unless you’re on Jay Z and Beyonce’s payroll, and they paid you to mix it up to add more, I guess, sales for this Lemonade.”
— E! Online (@eonline) April 25, 2016
Power couple Beyonce and Jay Z have been married for eight years, and rumors of an impending divorce have run rampant for years. Lemonade marks the first time that either Jay Z or Queen Bey have commented on the rumors, even in a veiled manner. On Lemonade, Beyonce sings about an unfaithful man in eight of the songs, including “Hold Up” and “Pray You Can Catch Me.”
Despite the rumors of divorce, Hollywood Life reports that a divorce is unlikely at this point — at least one initiated by Jay Z. According to Hollywood Life’s source, if Jay and Bey were to divorce, it would be because Beyonce had decided to leave her husband.
“If Beyonce ever wanted to end the relationship with Jay Z it would be all her doing Jay knows that if he divorced her that no one in the world of public opinion would be on his side. The reaction that is happening now for the whole Lemonade release certainly hasn’t got past Jay and he knows that he is in the doghouse with her fans,” the Hollywood Life source said. “He is going to let this all pass and not make any comments because if he did or of he ever asked for a divorce he clearly would be attacked by an army of fans and it would clearly ruin his brand. He doesn’t want to throw any more gas on the fire.”
If the reaction from Wendy Williams is any indication, Jay Z isn’t the only person who is in the dog house right now. Beyonce could also be in the doghouse with Prince fans!
What do you think? Should Beyonce have delayed the release of her Lemonade album in order to honor Prince’s passing? Why or why not?
Find out more about Prince’s death in the video below.
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