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AS BEY­ONCÉ AND JAY Z kicked off their On The Run II tour last week, it seemed proof that their mar­riage has never been stronger. Not least be­cause of video footage play­ing while the cou­ple per­formed Per­fect and For­ever Young, show­ing the pair at a cer­e­mony, dressed all in white, ap­par­ently re­new­ing their wed­ding vows.

Now, Grazia can re­veal that the in­ti­mate cer­e­mony oc­curred in April in Mal­ibu, with one source re­veal­ing, ‘It was Jay’s idea; he wanted to recom­mit to Bey­oncé in front of their clos­est friends and fam­ily af­ter the hu­mil­i­a­tion and heartbreak he’d put her through, as well as to mark their 10-year an­niver­sary. It wasn’t some big VIP guest list, it was an in­ti­mate af­fair,’ says a source.

The re­newal comes af­ter the widely-doc­u­mented trou­bles in their mar­riage, which ex­ploded in 2014 when TMZ leaked footage of an al­ter­ca­tion be­tween Jay and Bey­oncé’s sis­ter Solange in a lift, af­ter a Met Gala party. It was later re­vealed that Jay’s al­leged in­fi­delity was the cause of the row, which would go on to in­spire Bey­oncé’s Le­mon­ade, and Jay’s 4:44.

The cer­e­mony was ap­par­ently a sign that the cou­ple have drawn a line un­der the volatile pe­riod. ‘ They are in such an amaz­ing place af­ter all the ar­gu­ing and dis­trust that they’ve had,’ says a source. They joke now in front of their friends about the fact that they al­most got divorced. It’s no secret that Bey­oncé nearly walked away be­fore they had the twins.’

Jay ad­mit­ted to chat show host David Let­ter­man this year that he and Bey­oncé un­der­went ther­apy to tackle their mar­i­tal is­sues, ex­plain­ing, ‘ We love each other, so we really put in the work for years.’

‘Jay had to do a lot to prove he was com­mit­ted and would never do what he did again,’ said the in­sider. ‘ They are now cel­e­brat­ing their love in a way they hadn’t done for years. The tour is the per­fect way for them to do that.’

Bey­oncé and Jay Z on stage in Cardiff last week, with video footage of their in­ti­mate cer­e­mony

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