Beyoncé: ‘I’m Not Coping’
It’s been a tough few months for Beyoncé and now friends say the singer is struggling to cope…
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