When Beyoncé's Lemonade first premiered, everyone assumed that the explicit lyrics pointing to Jay-Z's cheating ways, which was a surprise to the rapper. Radar Online reported days later that Jay-Z was "furious" after being called out by Beyoncé on the album.
A source came forward to tell Radar Online that Jay-Z wasn't happy with the album and that the couple aren't doing well, even though they're still married and haven't announced any plans for a divorce. "Jay-Z put their entire joint staff on hiatus until May and he is absolutely miserable. Jay-Z is not on board with Beyoncé's new album."
It's not hard to believe that Jay-Z would be angry that Beyoncé spoke out against him, especially with lyrics like the following.
"Are you cheating on me? I don't want to lose my pride, but imma f**k me up a b**ch."
She is everything I love in a woman and so much more. @beyonce #lemonade #staystrange pic.twitter.com/ePreMW9ofVThe source continued, and said it's not just her lyrics that Jay-Z is angered by, but the direction of her music. "He hates the direction that her music is taking. Jay-Z honestly feels like he is the reason that Beyoncé has become so famous."
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Fortunately, you can put this one in the fiction bin, because according to a separate source, the RadarOnline story couldn't be further from the truth. According to E!, not only did Jay-Z know about the lyrics and the implications they would have on his character, but he fully supports Lemonade as a work of art.
"He is fully supportive. He understands the reasoning. This is part of the process of being transparent. And they have healed. He has been very humble about the experience. Beyoncé is the love of his life and he will do what it takes."
Get to know Beyonce #LEMONADE co-writer @WynterGordon https://t.co/xjDcJWOLkV pic.twitter.com/PlYJaSXtsDAnother source added the following.
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"Jay was involved in the creation of Lemonade and knew every song Bey was going to release. He knew the lyrics; he knew the implications. He had to approve the songs before release. Jay is a very smart businessman … Bottom line is that they are both really smart and they both saw dollar signs... Jay is all about self expression, so he gets it. Beyoncé shares music before it's released with Jay so he can listen and share his thoughts. When it comes to music, they are very in it together and supportive of each other's craft."Jay-Z's support was obvious from the very beginning. Beyoncé's album, Lemonade, was exclusively released on Jay-Z's company, Tidal, before it hit other digital services. As it stands, the only streaming service it's available on is Tidal, so if you're an Apple Music subscriber, you will have to pay for the full album to listen to it. The fact that it was released under Tidal just goes to show that if Jay-Z really didn't want Lemonade to be heard, he wouldn't have signed off on the digital component.
In addition, Jay-Z is featured in the visual album. Although he doesn't collaborate with Beyoncé musically for this album, unlike their single, "Drunk In Love," Jay-Z decided to take a backseat. In the segment "Sandcastles," which speaks of reconciliation, Jay-Z is featured in an emotional light with Beyoncé. It's safe to say that this album was a way for them to bury ghosts and to heal as a couple.
Beyoncé's mother, Tina, seems to agree. In an Instagram post, she and Beyoncé clinked mason jar sized lemonades. She captioned the photo with the following:
"Toast to lemonade❤️ B worked so hard on this project day and night! It was soo important to her to offer something that would bring about healing and hope to the universe! No matter what you've gone thru in life you can always come out on the other side!"[Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images]