The release of Beyoncés sixth studio album, Lemonade, was marked with some major drama! In the album’s songs and stunning film, the singer appeared to hint at the rumored issues said to be rocking her marriage to Jay Z, sprinkling in her own commentary on race and social matters as well! The project’s release ultimately sparked a firestorm of opinions from the singer’s fans, family and foes. And we’ve gathered all of Queen Bey’s biggest Lemonade scandals following the shocking album’s release!
One of the most immediate controversies was caused by a line from Bey’s song "Sorry." During the song, Beyoncé encourages a man to go find “Becky with the good hair” if he plans to continue to string her along in their relationship. Some people immediately assumed the lyric was hinting at rumored cheating in her relationship with Jay Z, and began the search for who she may have been referring to in the track!
And the first alleged culprit didn’t take long to find once Rachel Roy took to her Instagram shortly after the film’s premiere with a post that seemed to reference the song! She posted a photo that included the line “good hair, don’t care,” causing several Beyhive members to fill the comments sections of her Instagram photos with lemon and bee emojis. Roy had previously been connected to the messy elevator fight Jay Z had with Bey’s sister, Solange Knowles, at a Met Gala after-party in 2014. Reports claimed that Solange was upset over Jay’s relationship with Roy and even confronted the designer at the party where the elevator brawl happened. So Roy’s post following Lemonade’s release only fueled the rumors that the designer may have been a little closer to Jay than she should have. However, Roy eventually deleted the photo and took to her Twitter to address the talk, denying that she was the “Becky” mentioned in the song!
Jay Z’s Roc Nation artist Rita Ora also faced speculation that she may have been “Becky” due to her actions before and after Lemonade debut. She posted a Snapchat selfie of herself wearing a bikini with lemons on it while rocking a necklace with a "J" charm just days before the film's premiere. And two days after Lemonade dropped, she was spotted rocking the same Gucci skirt and blouse combo that Beyoncé wore in her "Formation" video! Ora later spoke out about the controversy, denying the rumors she was cheating with Jay Z. And many noted that she may have posted the lemon bikini photo and worn the Gucci outfit in response to her messy lawsuit with Roc Nation over her recored contract!
Solange’s absence from the project was another major point of questions for Bey’s fans after the album’s release! Solange and her husband, Alan Ferguson, were left out of a montage of couples in the film — which included clips of both Bey and Jay’s wedding and of Bey and Solange’s mother Tina Knowles' wedding to her husband, Richard Lawson. Solange’s only comments on the film came in a cryptic tweet she posted on the day of the film’s debut. And with reports surfacing before the movie’s release that Solange and Jay Z were again feuding, it seemed like there may have been some new trouble brewing among their family!
Bey’s Destiny’s Child bandmates also remained pretty quiet about the film and album. Michelle Williams made a brief Twitter comment about the movie in a chat with one of her followers. And Kelly Rowland only tweeted a single lemon emoji the weekend of the release. She also shut down an interviewer who attempted to pry some commentary from her about the movie as she did a live interview with a Chicago local news station.
The incident happened while she was chatting with Chicago, Illinois’ WGN Morning News! "Have you heard it yet? Have you had an opportunity to get some thoughts on the whole thing?" entertainment reporter Dean Richards asked Rowland about the album. "I sure have. It's great. It's absolutely great," Rowland replied. He then added, “Really different though, right?" Kelly then replied, "Yes, really different.” And when he attempted to offer another question about Lemonade, she let him know she had no time for it, saying, "But getting back to what I'm here to talk about, Claritin. I'm very excited to be teaming up with Claritin and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America."
But while Solange and her DC3 sisters kept fairly mum on Lemonade, Bey’s mother Tina had no problem giving her full thoughts on the movie and album. On the night of the film’s premiere she shared several photos on her Instagram of their family’s party to celebrate the release. And in one particular post, she seemed to hint that there was some truth in the heartbreak and cheating talk Bey sang about on the album's tracks, praising her daughter for creating such a powerful project. “Toast to lemonade. B worked so hard on this project day and night ! It was soo important to her to offer something that would bring about healing and hope to the universe! No matter what you've gone thru in life you can always come out on the other side!” she wrote.
In an interview with Watch Cloud, Bey’s father Mathew Knowles also offered his take on the project! During the chat, he admitted that he saw the movie with the rest of the world. “I was like everyone else, you know, I went in and made my popcorn and watched the HBO special.,” he said. And he added that he was extremely proud of his daughter for the album and movie!
And by the first night of the Formation World Tour, which kicked off in Miami, Florida, four days after Lemonade’s release, Bey and Jay had people buzzing yet again when they were snapped sitting side-by-side on a golf cart backstage at the show! She even included him a short video she posted on her Instagram to celebrate the first night of the tour and thanked him onstage during the show, leading many to question what was really going on amid their wild Lemonade scandal! What do you think about Beyonce’s Lemonade scandals? Tweet us @OKMagazine or let us know in the comments section.