The Rihanna & Jay Z Affair Rumors Were Started by a Publicist?

There’s a new unauthorized biography out about Beyonce entitled, “Becoming Beyoncé,” and the author J. Randy Taraborrelli is claiming the Jay Z and Rihanna affair rumors were started by their publicist to give Rihanna some edge in the media.

Here’s an excerpt of Taraborrelli’s interview with Entertainment Tonight:

Taraborrelli says that Jay Z has never cheated on Beyoncé in their 15 years of being together. As for those rumors that the rapper started seeing Rihanna after signing her as an artist? The author claims that was all for show, saying a false report was fabricated by a publicist connected to Jay Z and Rihanna in order to “boost her career” and get the Barbados native’s first song, “Pon De Replay,” up on the charts. “It was total fiction,” Taraborrelli says.

However, he says the rumor did drive a wedge between Beyoncé and Jay Z. “Beyoncé didn’t know what to make of this, and it actually ended up breaking them up for a time,” he claims. “They spent maybe a year apart from each other because Beyoncé just wasn’t sure of what to make of the situation with Rihanna.”

“It’s safe to say that Rihanna and Beyonce are friends,” Taraborelli adds of the singers’ current relationship.


Now keep in mind this biography is unauthorized. So we’re labeling this as gossip for now.

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  1. That actually seems plausible to me since it happens all the time. Fake relationships, fake pregnancies, fake marriages….. Anything to get the celeb some buzz and keep them in the public eye.

  2. And this is why I always laugh at the stan wars. The whole time the Hive and Navy been going at it, Bey and Rih are laughing all the way to the bank together! Hilarious!

  3. I always thought the rumors were manufactured. I hate the Stan wars but they do help artists. People will buy albums just so they can have the upper hand in the Stan war. It’s a smart strategy.

  4. I heard about this a cpl of yrs ago. It’s shady but it makes sense was a “good” business move as far as getting a buzz for her. Not positive but whatevs

  5. I’m sorry this sh-t is pathetic. So Rihanna is ok with people thinking she’s a home wrecker?! Chile I guess.

  6. I think people forget that Rihanna was about 17 years old when that song was released and had only moved from Barbados to the USA a year earlier….by herself. Of course a publicist would be able to put out a story like that about her.

  7. Ummmm IDK….if Bey actually thought it was some truth and she’s within the inner circle then what???? LOL….Jay isn’t too high and mighty not to mess with young girls Foxy, Aaliyah, Beyoncé, Riri and whoeva the hell else so w/e

  8. Controversy sells but it’s sad this is what the music business has turned into. Back in the day it was just about raw talent.

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