Bey­oncé: ‘I’m Not Cop­ing’

It’s been a tough few months for Bey­oncé and now friends say the singer is strug­gling to cope…

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It was a weird old time for Bey­oncé last week. Pic­tured at the Wim­ble­don women’s fi­nal along­side her hus­band Jay Z shortly be­fore hav­ing to fly to Dublin for an­other gig on her For­ma­tion World Tour, the singer looked a lit­tle out of it. When Ser­ena Wil­liams took the women’s ti­tle, it was Bey’s de­layed re­ac­tion that got peo­ple talk­ing. The 34-year-old barely no­ticed that the ten­nis ace had won un­til se­conds af­ter ev­ery­one else, de­spite the scream­ing and cheer­ing go­ing on around her.

Bey was widely ridiculed on­line, but now friends have re­vealed to Look that they’re wor­ried the singer’s gru­elling tour sched­ule and the stresses of main­tain­ing one of the most high­pro­file re­la­tion­ships in the in­dus­try are tak­ing their toll. And this ap­pear­ance was a sign that it’s all get­ting too much. A friend says: ‘Bey­oncé may seem in­vin­ci­ble, but the stress of the past cou­ple of years, her crazy work life and the pres­sure of main­tain­ing the fam­ily are re­ally push­ing her to the edge. She re­ally needs some time out.’

Pals say that the mum of one has been work­ing her­self to the bone on this tour – which re­cently saw her per­form at sev­eral venues across the UK. ‘Ev­ery­one is wor­ried for her. She’s over­worked and ex­hausted – she’s count­ing down the days un­til August when she fi­nally has a break,’ says our source. Yep, Bey’s sched­uled nearly a whole month off over the sum­mer, paus­ing the tour

af­ter 3 August, when she per­forms in Barcelona, and re-start­ing on 7 Septem­ber when she’ll head to New Jer­sey in the US.

In­sid­ers say she’ll be spend­ing as much time as pos­si­ble with Jay and their four-year-old daugh­ter Blue Ivy. ‘Bey knows she re­ally needs some time out for her­self to work on her mar­riage,’ says the friend. ‘Both she and Jay need to put in the work to make it go the dis­tance.’

This hasn’t been an easy year for the cou­ple, who’ve been to­gether for 16 years. One of their biggest hur­dles was cre­ated by the singer her­self in the shape of her al­bum Le­mon­ade, which seemed to be largely about the prob­lems within her mar­riage.

The al­bum, which dropped on 23 April, ap­peared to chron­i­cle Jay’s in­dis­cre­tions. One track, Apa­thy, starts: ‘So what are you gonna say at my fu­neral, now that you’ve killed me? / Here lies the body of the love of my life, whose heart I broke with­out a gun to my head / Here lies the mother of my chil­dren, both liv­ing and dead.’ One of the most talked-about songs on the al­bum, Sorry, men­tions ‘Becky with the good hair’. The record’s lyrics led to spec­u­la­tion that Jay had cheated, and at the time the other woman was thought to be ei­ther fash­ion de­signer Rachel Roy or Jay’s for­mer pro­tégée Rita Ora – though both women have de­nied this.

Jay Z has yet to com­ment but did re­lease song ‘All The Way Up’ where he rapped: ‘You know you made it when the fact your mar­riage made it is worth mil­lions / Le­mon­ade is a pop­u­lar drink and it still is / Sur­vival of the lit­tlest.’

‘While Le­mon­ade was a huge suc­cess for Bey, it came at a cost,’ says the pal. ‘She and Jay may have been to­gether for a very long time but they’re not im­mune to the spec­u­la­tion about their re­la­tion­ship and she’s been strug­gling with it ever since.’ Ac­cord­ing to our in­sider, Bey­oncé’s still wor­ried about the mar­riage: ‘De­spite the fact the pair have worked hard on things, she knows there’s still a long way to go.’

Bey and Jay first got to­gether in 2000, mar­ry­ing eight years later and wel­com­ing their first child to­gether in 2012. But they’ve per­sis­tently been dogged by ru­mours of trou­ble. As early as 2006, Jay ad­mit­ted that it was hard for him to have a re­la­tion­ship with some­one as suc­cess­ful as he is. He even wrote a song about it, Lost One, which in­cluded the lyrics: ‘I don’t think it’s meant to be, be / But she loves her work more than she does me / And hon­estly at 23 I would prob­a­bly love my work more than I did she.’

The pair pulled through, but in 2012 Bey­oncé hinted at prob­lems in their mar­riage in her track Mine, singing: ‘Been hav­ing con­ver­sa­tions about break-ups and sep­a­ra­tions / I’m not feel­ing like my­self since the baby / Are we gonna even make it?’ And in May 2014 there was that in­ci­dent fol­low­ing the Met Ball, where Bey­oncé’s sister Solange at­tacked Jay in a lift. At the time, re­ports sug­gested it was be­cause he’d been flirt­ing with other women.

A source says: ‘Bey­oncé can’t stand how they’ve been on the back foot since the el­e­va­tor scan­dal, try­ing to prove they’re not fak­ers. She feels like they’ve been in­cred­i­bly open about their re­la­tion­ship – es­pe­cially through the mu­sic. It’s not all cham­pagne and roses but Bey­oncé’s open about that.’

So perhaps it comes as lit­tle sur­prise that the star is very con­scious of mak­ing time for her re­la­tion­ship. ‘she tries to not let these things get to her but she’s a very sen­si­tive per­son,’ adds our in­sider. ‘That’s why she has to have an al­ter ego to per­form on stage – the real her can be frag­ile and she’s about to crack.’ We think it’s time you booked a hol­i­day, Bey – you de­serve it.

Bey has an al­ter ego be­cause the­real her can be frag­ile and she’s about to crack

Bey­oncé went to Wim­ble­don to sup­port pal Ser­ena

Bey is thought to have writ­ten about her mar­riage woes

Jay and Bey have been to­gether for 16 years

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