How Bey­oncé Came Out On Top

Bey­oncé’s Le­mon­ade al­bum has had us all in a spin. But it’s not the mu­sic we’re in­ter­ested in – in­stead all the fo­cus has been on the lyrics…

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‘Iwant to ded­i­cate this song to my beau­ti­ful hus­band. I love you so much.’

It’s not too un­usual an an­nounce­ment, but when Bey­oncé ded­i­cated Halo to her hus­band Jay Z on the open­ing night of her For­ma­tion World Tour in Mi­ami last week, we couldn’t help but scratch our heads in con­fu­sion. Why? Well, Bey’s procla­ma­tion of love came just days af­ter she dropped her most an­tic­i­pated solo al­bum yet, Le­mon­ade – and sev­eral of its tracks seemed to im­ply that 46-year-old mu­sic mogul Jay had cheated on his wife on more than one oc­ca­sion. Yikes.

Yep, Le­mon­ade made head­lines around the world with lyrics such as ‘You gon’ lose your wife’ and ‘My daddy warned me about men like you/ He said, “Baby girl, he’s play­ing you”’ leav­ing many peo­ple spec­u­lat­ing about the state of the cou­ple’s mar­riage. But as sales sky-rock­eted and the col­umn inches rolled in, 34-year-old Bey­oncé kept quiet, lead­ing peo­ple to ques­tion whether she’d mas­ter­minded the whole sit­u­a­tion to pro­mote her al­bum, some­thing that sources close to the star say could be a pos­si­bil­ity.

‘I think Bey­oncé’s tak­ing con­trol of the nar­ra­tive and that’s em­pow­er­ing,’ a friend of the star tells Look. ‘While she seems to be lash­ing out at Jay for the way he’s treated her, her end goal is al­ways about mak­ing sure her mu­sic’s at the top of the charts and her tours are sold out.’

Peo­ple have been par­tic­u­larly scep­ti­cal given that Bey­oncé ac­tu­ally

‘she seems to Be lash­ing out, But HER end goal is al­ways HER mu­sic’

Mr and Mrs Carter in hap­pier times

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