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.