Rachel Roy is calling out Beyoncé fans for cyber bullying, and denying that she’s the now infamous “Becky” Beyoncé sang about in the Lemonade track “Sorry.”
In a statement issued to People on April 26, Rachel spoke out about being “targeted” by Beyoncé’s fans across her social media platforms, blasting their behavior as “unacceptable” and “harmful.”
Beyoncé fans have slammed Rachel on social media following the surprise release of Lemonade on April 23, in which the star’s followers speculated that the popstar may have hinted that her husband Jay-Z cheated with the fashion designer, with the lyrics suggesting a cheater should “call Becky with the good hair.”
Rachel spoke out to People about rumors that she was the “Becky with the good hair” that Beyoncé cryptically alluded to in the song, telling the site that “There is no validity to the idea that the song references me personally” and claiming that the drama is just a “misunderstanding.”
“I want to put the speculation and rumors to rest,” Roy continued in the statement, adding that “there is no truth to the rumors” before addressed her April 23 Instagram post that hinted she may be the alleged “other woman” for the first time.
“My Instagram post was meant to be fun and lighthearted, it was misunderstood as something other than that,” Rachel claimed, referring to a photo she uploaded of herself after Beyoncé dropped Lemonade that she captioned “Good hair don’t care, but we will take good lighting, for selfies, or self truths, always. Live in the light #nodramaqueens.”
Beyoncé fans speculated that Rachel Roy was alluding to her “Sorry” with the quote about her “good hair,” and subsequently swarmed on her social media pages to post scathing remarks accusing her of cheating with Jay-Z.
The BeyHive have taken to attaching Rachl Roy and Dame Dash’s daughter Ava after Rachel made her profile private an… pic.twitter.com/DgzPZTd3oR— #DigitalKingpins (@DigitalKingpins) April 24, 2016
A slew of Beyoncé supporters harassed the fashion designer and her two daughters across a number of social media platforms, which Roy admitted in her statement included several users making threats of physical harm against her and her family.
“Online haters have targeted me and my daughters in a hurtful and scary manner, including physical threats,” Rachel Roy told People, “As a mother – and I know many mothers would agree – I feel that bullying in any form is harmful and unacceptable.”
“I would hope that the media sees the real issue here – the issue of cyber bullying – and how it should not be tolerated by anyone,” Rachel continued.
Rachel Roy’s statement follows a tweet the designer issued on April 24, in which she wrote that she “respects” Beyoncé and her family, though she never mentioned the star by name, and also alluded to the cyber bullying Beyoncé fans have subjected her to.
“I respect love, marriages, families and strength. What shouldn’t be tolerated by anyone, no matter what, is bullying, of any kind,” Roy tweeted last week.
Rachel’s latest statement follows days of hateful messages she’s received from dedicated Beyoncé fans.
“Rachel Roy is proudly a s*** bucket. Wow. I pray Dame steals yalls obviously misguided daughters back,” Beyoncé fan @THEonlyMILLINE wrote on Twitter on April 24, while @john_kristoph tweeted to Rachel “I know too many people like you… DISGUSTING. And go get yourself some ivy park. That face fat is not a good look.”
“Honestly what did Rachel Roy think would happen when she posted that?…..this dragging is deserved like…how dare you?” @Dizneys_World added, and Beyoncé follower @EbonyBGaines wrote “[shaking my head] you wrong as hell for messing with a married man home wrecking h** #LeaveHerHusbandAlone #QueenBey#BeyHiveB****!!”
What do you think of Rachel Roy’s denial that she’s “Becky”? Do you think Beyoncé fans went too far with their social media posts?
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