Beyonce: Who is Becky?
Rachel Roy, Rita Ora and Iggy Azalea get drawn into Beyonce and Jay Z's cheating allegations
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Well, Beyoncé has done it again. She’s released a new album and somehow managed to get the whole world talking about it without actually making a comment herself. Her album Lemonade is filled with tracks about infidelity, hurt and lies, leading most people to think that the whole thing is about her turbulent marriage to Jay Z. But one lyric in particular has set tongues wagging, because queen Bey references a woman who supposedly had an affair with Jay, and now Rita Ora, Rachel Roy and Iggy Azalea have been dragged into the discussion.
The BeyHive Bully Brigade
Rachel Roy has denied she is the woman at the centre of Jay Z cheating rumours. The fashion designer responded after days of intense speculation about the identity of “Becky with the good hair”, about whom Beyoncé sings in the song Sorry from her visual album. Rachel, 42, sparked gossip that she was the woman referenced on the track about a husband’s infidelity, which many fans believe details a troubled patch in the superstar’s marriage to Jay Z, after she captioned an Instagram post in part, “good hair don’t care”. In a statement to People.com, Rachel insisted: “I want to put the speculation and rumours to rest. My Instagram post was meant to be fun and light-hearted. It was misunderstood as something other than that. There is no validity to the idea that the song references me personally. There is no truth to the rumours.” Rachel continued: “Consequently, online haters have targeted me and my daughters in a hurtful and scary manner, including physical threats. As a mother – and I know many mothers would agree – I feel that bullying in any form is harmful and unacceptable.”
Rachel goes into Hiding
The ex-wife of former hip-hop mogul Damon Dash was trolled by Beyoncé’s fans, forcing her to make her Instagram account private. Last week she pulled out of a speaking gig at a creative seminar for NeueHouse. The singer’s devotees, known as the BeyHive, responded to Roy’s comments with stinging remarks about her looks and alleged affair, which has long been rumoured to have caused the now-famous elevator showdown between Jay Z and his sister-in-law, Solange Knowles, following a Met Ball after-party in 2014. Rachel has never previously commented on accusations swirling around her close friendship with Jay Z, who launched his first label, Roc-A-Fella Records, with her ex-husband Damon.
Lemons & Lingerie
Singer Rita Ora has also slammed reports suggesting she is the woman at the centre of the cheating allegations. Rita became a target after she uploaded a picture of herself wearing lingerie with pictures of lemons over her chest and what appears to be a “J” pendant necklace in a Snapchat posting. The 25-year-old also has a professional relationship with the 99 Problems star as she is signed to his Roc Nation record label. However, Rita is now hitting back, insisting she would never disrespect Beyoncé. “I never usually address tabloid gossip, but let me be clear: these rumours are false,” she wrote on Twitter. “I
have nothing but the utmost respect for Beyoncé. Let’s continue enjoying Lemonade.”
Azalea Wants Attention
Even though nobody is even suggesting Iggy Azalea is involved in the scandal, the rapper has waded into the controversy, accusing the RnB superstar of making a racial slur. The Australian accused Beyoncé of using hip-hop slang that white women might find offensive, noting the name Becky is a “racist” term often used to describe a generic white girl. Iggy, who ironically used the name Becky in her 2012 tune I Think She Ready, wrote: “Don’t ever call me a Becky. You would not be down if I started calling all black men ‘Deshawn’. Do you know how many times people have called me Becky? It didn’t have any kind of positive intention behind it.” Iggy retweeted some of the responses to her thinly veiled attack on Bey, and added, “Generalising any race by calling them one stereotypical name for said race, I personally don’t think is very cool. Don’t call all Asian women ‘Ming Lee’, don’t call white women ‘Becky’ and don’t call black women ‘Sha Nay Nay’.”