I’m not saying Beyonce ruined Coachella for all future Coachellas, but Beyonce ruined Coachella for all future Coachellas.
In 2017, Beyonce Knowles was scheduled to headline Coachella. Her highly anticipated performance was sidetracked by a little thing called a pregnancy. A year passed, she popped out her twins and was again scheduled to headline Coachella. This time, Jay Z had the courtesy not to put more babies in her.
The hype from 2017 only compounded in 2018. And when it came time for Beyonce to perform, she delivered. The production was beyond what anyone expected. It set a record breaking 458,000 simultaneous stream viewers on YouTube. She got people to actually choose to sit home and watch someone perform at a festival. Go to any site and you’ll find a recap about the cultural imagery used, the sort of return of Destiny’s Child or how it “slayed”. Stay here if you want a hot take on how 2019’s Coachella and any future ones will always be a letdown.
I’m not saying future Coachellas will suck. I’m saying the anticipation her performance built up and the fact she delivered has set the mark so high that no one is going to be able to reach it. Add to the fact non-Beyonce fans could check out X Japan, the first Japanese band to play Coachella, and it may seem Coachella had peaked.
There was a chance this year of Coachella could bring similar levels of hype with Kanye. But Kanye wouldn’t perform without a bigger stage because they “restrict his artistic ability.” Meanwhile, Justin Timberlake pulled out because of scheduling conflicts. So now you have Childish Gambino, Tame Impala and Ariana Grande headlining Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Good, but not great.
Childish Gambino is 2018’s symbol for wokeness while Ariana Grande talked about Pete Davdison’s big dick for an entire month before ending their engagement. Tame Impala is just, well, Tame Impala. None of these acts bring two decades of history with them. In fact, Ariana Grande was only 11 when “Say My Name” was released. Plus, she’s playing Sunday. A day when everyone is burnt out and ready to head home.
The only way Coachella can top Beyonce’s 2018 performance is if they booked a Kanye West b2b with Taylor Swift. And they gave him a bigger stage. One where he can descend from the heavens as god intended.
In celebration of Beyoncé‘s 37th birthday, proud mom Tina Knowles Lawson dedicated a sweet shout-out to her daughter.
The grandmother of Blue Ivy, Rumi and Sir Carter, 64, shared a throwback photo of Queen Bey from when she was just 4 months old.
“Happy Birthday to the nicest, owner of the most beautiful, generous, loving hearts ever !!!! Brilliant too! Always thinking, planning, analyzing, strategizing, how you can make everything you touch better!” Knowles Lawson wrote on Instagram Monday, ahead of Beyoncé’s Sept. 4 birthday.
“Sometimes I can’t believe out of all the incredible people in the world I was chosen by God to be your mom!” said the mother of two, who is also the proud parent of Solange Knowles.
“The day that you and your sister entered this world were the two best days of my life, hands down!! It is a privilege to have carried you two in this body. … No one deserves it more!” Knowles Lawson concluded, along with red heart emojis and bee emojis.
It’s already your birthday where you are So Happy Birthday to the nicest , owner of the most beautiful, generous , loving hearts ever !!!! Brilliant too! Always thinking , planning, analyzing, strategizing , how you can make everything you touch better! On this day you were 4 months old and i couldn’t even control the excitement and pride and the all encompassing love i felt for you , my first born I made a vow to love and cherish you everyday . For the rest of my life ! Sometimes i can’t believe out of all the incredible people in the world i was chosen by God to be your mom! The day that you and your sister entered this world were the two best days of my life , hands down !! It is a privilege to have carried you two in this body Enjoy your B-Day !!! No one deserves it more !! I love you Mom
A post shared by Tina Knowles (@mstinalawson) on Sep 3, 2018 at 6:35pm PDT
Last year, the singer, who is currently on performing with husband JAY-Z for their On the Run II tour, was surprised with a special tribute video.
Famous friends, including Michelle Obama and Serena Williams, got in formation by recreating Beyoncé’s iconic look from her “Formation” music video.
Former Destiny’s Child bandmates Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland also participated in the tribute, Knowles Lawson, mother-in-law Gloria Carter, and JAY-Z’s grandmother, Hattie White.
Beyoncé and JAY-Z resume their On the Run II tour on Sept. 11 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Beyonce and Jay-Z were on stage when a man from the audience rushed on stage, where he allegedly made some sort of physical contact with Jay-Z.
Security whisked Beyonce away and rushed to help, but not before Beyonce's backup dancers rushed into action.
We've merged a few fan videos of the incident so that you can see what went down from multiple angles.
A man later identified as 26-year-old Anthony Charles Thomas Maxwell allegedly raced onto the stage on Saturday night during Beyonce and Jay-Z's performance.
Remember their joint album? The couple is doing their "On The Run II Tour."
TMZ reports that Maxwell made some sort of physical contact with Jay-Z, but did not appear to be able to reach Beyonce.
Eyewitness reports from the audience (which we should always take with a grain of salt) say that the man punched or otherwise struck Jay-Z.
Whatever the man was expecting ... what happened next was probably not it.
Going by what various eyewitnesses reported on social media, it sounds like a bodyguard whisked Beyonce away immediately, leaving Jay-Z behind.
People have joked about this, but we would speculate that this is the standing order with their security team. If they'd had their children with them, getting the kids to safety would certainly be the priority.
Before numerous black-shirted security members could rush onto stage, it looks like a score of backup dancers rushed in.
When you see someone charge onto the stage, you don't know if they're an obsessed fan who wants to touch someone or an obsessed fan who wants to stab someone.
It looks like these dancers weren't taking any chances with Beyonce or Jay-Z, and it appears that they totally clobbered Maxwell in order to protect the stars.
Police arrived and, TMZ reports, merely detained Maxwell and wrote up a ticket for disorderly conduct.
He was then reportedly released, with a hearing scheduled for Monday.
Since Jay-Z was reportedly not injured, Maxwell may have gotten very lucky and avoided assault charges -- but that remains to be seen and will ultimately be up to prosecutors.
A rep for Beyonce shared that this will not halt the tour, but that they may have tighter security going forward.
That sounds like a good plan. Sometimes, these scary incidents invite copycats.
People who are already unbalanced and considering doing something drastic can draw inspiration from other people's bad behavior.
What really makes this is the video -- or, rather, the series of videos -- that fans have of the backup dancers breaking formation.
We're sure that Beyonce and Jay-Z's security team is as good as it gets, but no one can plan for every contingency.
And, unfortunately, the "lone lunatic with nothing to lose and no plan to escape" is considered all but impossible to counter unless you want to live in a bunker.
Thankfully, it does not appear that Maxwell was in any way armed.
Thanks to that and the quick reaction of both the dancers and security people, this story has a happy ending.
Beyonce's rep, Yvette Noel-Schure, shared a photo of the couple on stage
"Thank you to all the fans for your concern," she wrote in her captions.
Her captions continue: "They are fine and looking forward to the show tomorrow."
It is great to have confirmation of their well-being.
Beyonce graced the cover of Vogue with a shot that is 100 percent Beyonce.
— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) August 6, 2018
What is her obsession with flowers?
Mindy Kaling got bored one day and decided she wanted to be Beyonce.
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) August 22, 2018
And then everyone wanted to be Beyonce.
Since Beyoncé loves them so much, my friends and I wore flower crowns to the #OTRII concert I went to in Columbus last week. Mine is a smaller version but I loved it, they're so cute to wear! pic.twitter.com/UeQgzpYATv
— H (@heleenamck) August 22, 2018
So awesome! You are rocking it Mindy! Last week I found a childhood photo of me and I posted it alongside Queen Bey’s Vogue cover with this caption: “Unsuccessfully trying to channel my inner Beyoncé since 1981.” #QueenBey #Beyonce #BeyonceRocks pic.twitter.com/r5demplkSO
— Prasanna Ranganathan (@PRanganathan) August 22, 2018
— Daniel Cunningham (@TXPlantGuy) August 23, 2018
I guess I’ll join the trend.
Ps. I’m no longer prego’
I’m Beyonce ALWAYS!
How cute is my daughter? pic.twitter.com/SMO1bSzFvy
— Hiya Toots (@Hiya_Toots10) August 23, 2018
— Casey Gates (@CaseyGates) August 23, 2018
Beyonce did a SnapChat filter in real life and called it fashion. Bow down.
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In case you somehow weren't aware, Kylie Jenner is rich.
Like, a few days shy of her 21st birthday, people are already talking about Kylie becoming a billionaire in the very near future.
Most of that cash comes from her wildly popular cosmetics line, but Kylie has a number of other revenue streams available, as well.
One of the big ones is Instagram, which enables Kim's little sister to earn an astonishing amount of cash as an "influencer."
Of course, Kylie is just one of many top stars who's raking in stacks on social media.
Check out our list of Instagram's top influencers to find out who's really getting rich from sponsored content:
1. Kylie Jenner: $1 Million Per Post
2. Crazy Cash
3. A Massive Following
4. The Queen of Influence
5. Selena Gomez: $800,000 Per Post
6. Winner of the Popularity Contest
Remember Spencer and Heidi Pratt? Well, they have their own podcast. It’s called Make Speidi Famous Again, just in case you were wondering about their intentions.
Amber Rose recently appeared on the podcast and dropped a potential truth bomb about Jay-Z and Beyonce.
“I definitely think that Gwyneth Paltrow is Becky with the good hair. I really feel like she’s the one who was, like, fucking JAY Z.”
For those that don’t remember, on Beyonce’s track “Sorry,” she accused JAY Z of cheating on her with “Becky with the good hair.” JAY Z confirmed these accusations on his latest album.
Rachel Roy was originally outed as Becky, but she denied the allegations.
Paltrow is (was?) a longtime friend of Jay and Bey’s. She dedicated her cookbook to their daughter, Blue Ivy, and was one of the few to attend their wedding.
The math doesn’t add up here as Paltrow is not named Becky, nor does she have good hair. Now, she did play a character named Rebecca in Shout, which is her first acting credit on IMDB. I know we all want to believe Beyonce is a supernatural genius, but this would be some next level stuff.
A rep for Paltrow denied Rose’s comments, telling PEOPLE the allegations are “completely absurd and 100 percent false.” A source stated that all three are still friends.
Until Paltrow shows up as a special guest on the On The Run II tour, I don’t believe it.
Rose backtracked on her comment on Twitter.
Bruh we were joking on a Podcast! Lol stop with the Clickbait! I have no information about anyone’s Personal Life. FOH
— Amber Rose (@DaRealAmberRose) July 26, 2018
Kanye West definitely put her up to all this.
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Beyonce believes she runs the world. But this stage in Poland owned her on Sunday.
— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@Bey_Legion) July 1, 2018
How come she didn’t just float down like a Goddess?
While being stuck on the floating stage that had enough of Beyonce’s shit, she sort of tried to entertain the crowd.
— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@Bey_Legion) July 1, 2018
She did like six hip thrusts and people went wild. No one woman should have all that power.
Jay-Z and Beyonce are still in Europe for the first leg of their “On The Run II” tour. They’ll have had a couple of days off before they hit the stage again on July 3 in Germany. Hopefully that gives the technical people enough time to get the floating stage fixed. Or come up with a better solution to get her down.
Nothing kills the aura of a Queen like needing five people and a ladder to help you down from high places.
This is one way to distract the public from an alleged affair with LeBron James.
On Saturday afternoon, Beyonce and Jay-Z stunned the music universe by releasing a joint album as a rather significant complement to their ongoing "On the Run II Tour."
Titled "Everything Is Love," the album was released exclusively Tidal and announced by Beyonce via Instagram.
The announcement footage features the two artists at the Louvre museum in Paris, including shots of them standing in front of the Mona Lisa painting while donning pink and mint suits ... as well as glimpses of dancers performing in skin-colored tights and crop tops.
Two performers appear on the cover of the Everything Is Love album.
But this is not even all:
On top of the album drop, Bey and Jay also released a music video for the record's debut single, "Apes**t."
The video was filmed on location last month in this same iconic museum, a Tidal rep tells E! News...
... and here it is!
Within three hours of Beyonce confirming this album, her announced has received over 1.2 million Likes on Instagram.
While the Internet went bonkers with the news, Beyonce and Jay-Z were performing in London Stadium, where onlookers have reported the same announcement was made on a big screen behind the singers.
Beyonce and Jay-Z have been together for a decade.
They are parents to three children, including a set of twins, and have overcome at least one Jay-Z cheating scandal.
The global superstars actually renewed their vows in June, aiming to prove to the world that their love could withstand this sort of infidelity and obstacle.
As always, however, the artists have remained mostly close-lipped about their relationship, preferring to let the occasional family photo or mysterious quote do the talking.
That, or a surprise album and music video drop of course.
Beyonce sings and raps in the song "Apes**t," whose lyrics make a rather clear reference to her marital challenges. To wit:
I can't believe we made it/This is why we're thankful.
Jay-Z and Beyonce have collaborated on other tracks in the past -- but never on a full album.
The former told the New York Times in 2017 that the pair both "using our art almost like a therapy session," which helps explains Beyonce's legendary Lemonade alum and his 4:44 album.
As we said, the record is available on Tidal and its track listing is as follows:
7. Heard About Us
8. Black Effect
- Beyonce‘s bare ass is outta this world, for real (Site NSFW) [TheNipSlip]
- Oh hey, it’s Sarah Hyland‘s ribs [GCeleb]
- Victoria Justice and her sister might be the hottest siblings [HollywoodTuna]
- 5 women who lied about rape [Linkiest]
- Hot girls galore [CavemanCircus]
- How close are the Beckhams to divorce? [Celebitchy]
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I’m going to be honest, if you played a Beyonce song and a Justin Bieber song for me, I probably wouldn’t be able to tell which is which. You can include Taylor Swift and Lorde on that list, too, it just all runs together to me. I suppose I’d figure out that the most feminine-sounding one of the four is Bieber, but I really have no way of knowing without being told.
Bieber himself seems to have embraced this by sending out a picture of his head on Beyonce’s body on Instagram. It is… well, it is certainly a look.
I’m pretty sure this sot of gender-swapping is frowned upon by Bieber’s weird, Australian religion. But as long as they’re cool with it, Bieber could experiment on photoshopping his head on to other people who are less terrible than he is, like Charles Whitman or Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Or he could just stick to people who are more talented musically than him, in which case I’d like to recommend William Hung. Remember that guy?
Yeah, there is no song Justin Bieber has ever done that sounds better to me than that William Hung cover of “She Bangs.” Can we just get Marilyn Manson to kick this kid’s ass back to Canada already? Even Beverly Hills doesn’t want him, and they took in the Clampetts.
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- Beyonce‘s boobies of the day [Linkiest]
- Jessica Rose was naked with paint [GCeleb]
- Pretty girls make the world go round [CavemanCircus]
- Marisa Papen naked in Mexico on a horse (Site NSFW) [TheNipSlip]
- Kylie Jenner says her body is back to normal [Celebitchy]
- The question about mac n’ cheese that has everyone’s mind blown [Radass]
Tiffany Haddish likes talking about Beyonce in her interviews.
In January, she told Vulture that she was ready to fight a bitch at a party if it weren’t for Beyonce. The Queen calmed Tiffany down, the two took a selfie together, and all ended well.
In February, she told TV One’s “Uncensored” (via PageSix) “So I go to the Jay-Z concert and I am invited to the after-party. I was talking to another actress that was there, who was also talking to Jay-Z and she touched Jay-Z’s chest. Beyoncé came walking up and her demeanor was like, ‘Get your hand off my man’s chest!’”
And now, in March, Beyonce is letting Haddish know that she needs to stop talking about her. In DJ Khaled’s new song “Top Off,” Beyonce sings, “If they’re tryna party with the queen, they gon’ have to sign a nondisclosure.”
Haddish was almost giddy that Beyonce would give her an in-direct shoutout that also served as a warning:
— Tiffany Haddish (@TiffanyHaddish) March 2, 2018
But also know this I will fight for Beyoncé. I Love that woman she is a Gift from God.
— Tiffany Haddish (@TiffanyHaddish) March 2, 2018
This is what being the Queen looks like, folks. One line and Haddish is bowing down at her feet.
Beyonce also put Drake, and possibly Kim Kardashian, on blast in the song, saying, “I break the internet, top two and I ain’t number two.” This is a shot at Drake, who stated, “I know I said top five, but I’m top two. And I’m not two and I got one” on his song “Gyalchester.” It could also serve as a shot at Kardashian, who “broke the Internet” with her Paper Magazine cover.
Jay-Z intro’d her by asking her to “B, put these fuckboys on notice.” Eviction might be next after that verse.
According to some bitter hotel worker at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Beyonce does not tip the staff.
Here’s what a staff member told Radar:
“Beyonce goes to the Beverly Hills Hotel often with Jay Z and they hate her there because she does not tip at all,” a hotel worker exclusively revealed to RadarOnline.com.
“They even call her ‘Cheap-Yonce’ because she is so frugal! She doesn’t even tip a penny!”
“Cheap-Yonce” doesn’t exactly have a nice ring to it. Maybe they should worry less about coming up with bad nicknames and more about the service they are providing.
The staffer goes on to say that Jay Z tips really well. The man is known for spendin’ G’s. But whenever Jay Z leaves a big tip, Beyonce gives him a dirty look.
There you have it. The real reason Beyonce made Lemonade. Not because Jay-Z cheated on her with Becky with the Good Hair. But because Jay Z tips the Beverly Hills Hotel staff more than a penny. How will their relationship survive this?
I don’t know how well Beyonce tips. I’m not a Beyonce fan and find her to be pretentious, but I’m willing to bet she leaves at least a penny when the bellhop carries her bags upstairs. She’s a diva, but she’s not a monster.
Guess I’ll have to go undercover as a member of the Beverley Hills Hotel wait staff and get to the bottom of this story for myself.
Remember that wacky time when we first started figuring out that Jay Z had cheated on Beyonce?
It was all the way back when she released Lemonade — almost two years ago now, can you beieve it?! — and her message wasn't exactly subtle.
And then last summer, when he released his new album, he confirmed it with lines like "You almost went Eric Benét, let the baddest girl in the world get away," referencing Halle Berry's first husband.
In November, Jay talked about it all again in an interview, explaining that he believes he was unfaithful because of his tough childhood.
"You have to survive," he said of the way he grew up. "So you go into survival mode, and when you go into survival mode, what happens?"
"You shut down all emotions. So even with women, you gonna shut down emotionally, so you can't connect."
"In my case, like, it's deep," he admitted. "And then all the things happen from there: infidelity."
It makes sense, right?
But last night, Jay appeared on the first episode of Van Jones' new show on CNN, and he discussed everything in even more detail.
When asked why he and Beyonce fought so hard to save their marriage after everything that had happened, he answered "That's my soulmate. It's the person I love."
"If you haven't experienced love or don't understand it or you don't have the tools to move forward then you are going to have complications. Period."
He said that "You can either address it or you can pretend until it blows up at some point, and for us, we chose to fight for our love, for our family, to give our kids a different outcome, to break that cycle."
"For black men and women, to see a different outcome … it's not just a celebrity couple. We were never a celebrity couple, we were a couple who just happened to be celebrities. We're real people."
Next, Jay Z was asked about any advice he might give to someone in a similar position, and he simply said that "The best apology is changed behavior."
"You have to acknowledge the pain and you have to let that person have their say."
"You have to get on the floor, get on the mattress," he continued. "You have to work through it, really be honest."
"It takes a while. It's hard. It's difficult to hear, difficult to stay, difficult to listen to that kind of pain — but you have to be strong enough."
"But on the other side," he added, "it's beautiful."
For what it's worth, Jay Z and Beyonce certainly seemed to have been able to work through all their problems — those precious little baby twins they had last year are proof of that.
Watch Jay Z get real about his infidelity in the interview below:
Ever since Beyonce gave birth to twins back in June, she and Jay-Z have been very careful about keeping Sir and Rumi out of the public eye. With an exception.
Some would say that they're being too careful or even selfish; others applaud them for looking after the privacy of their babies instead of showing them off.
Well ... it looks like Beyonce and Jay-Z let down their guard. Because the world is getting its first glimpse of the twins, and this was clearly not planned.
Obviously, we've seen Sir and Rumi.
Beyonce shared a photo of the twins and of herself.
Just as in her pregnancy photo, she looked radiant and magical and like she belonged in a Renaissance painting (Italian, not Northern).
Or at the very least in a much more contemporary fairy painting.
We know that the twins are alive and well, though they spent extra time in the hospital due to a health issue.
We know that their names are Sir and Rumi, and we know what their names mean.
(Sir is named for his perceived assertiveness upon his birth, while Rumi is named after Beyonce and Jay-Z's favorite poet)
But, aside fromt hat one (glorious) picture, the twins have been out of sight, if not out of mind.
Along with their big sister Blue Ivy, Sir and Rumi are a blessing in Beyonce and Jay-Z's lives.
But we know that things have been less than perfect for this epic power couple.
In her epic Lemonade album with the music video journey that captivated the world, Beyonce revealed that Jay-Z had done the unthinkable:
He had cheated on her.
But it wasn't until Jay-Z's 4:44 album came out that the world really came to understand the full extent of Jay-Z's infidelity.
This was so much more than just Becky With The Good Hair, folks.
Though his tone and lyrics seemed deeply remorseful, Jay-Z seemed to almost humble-brag about almost losing his family because of a threesome.
Threesomes are considered unusual in some communities and common in others, but most people don't bring them up unless they want people to know that they've participated.
Jay-Z's lyrics referred to specifics about how he and his wandering penis had directly impacted his and Beyonce's efforts to grow their family.
Within the tracks of 4:44, Jay-Z lamented his cheating and the distress that it had caused Beyonce.
Not only for its own sake, but because of the very physical toll that the anguish had taken on Beyonce.
We're talking about miscarriages, folks.
We're not Beyonce's doctor and we're woefully unqualified (not being doctors and also not being experts in the particular medical needs of demigods), so we can't speak to the actual degree to which Jay-Z's cheating contributed to Beyonce's failed pregnancies.
But it's clear that the couple believes that it had a role.
But now, things are so much marriage. Not only between Beyonce and Jay-Z, but for their whole family.
Sir and Rumi are in their lives and in Blue Ivy's life. And now the world has gotten a little sneak peek, as you can see in the video below.
The 5-month-old twins got some time outside at Beyonce and Jay-Z's mansion in Miami, Florida.
You can see Beyonce holding Sir while Beyonce's mother, Tina Knowles, cradles Rumi.
Look at their chubby little cheeks! These babies are too precious for this world!
Hurricane Harvey was a Category 4 storm when it first made landfall in Texas.
We have all seen the photos of the flooding. We've seen highways that have flooded so high that the water above them has waves.
We've seen people standing on rooftops, people riding boats between houses, and heard the horrifying stories of people who were swept away by the water.
Celebrities have heard this, too, and they have been using their considerable platforms and their own personal resources to help with the relief effort.
As climate change continues to destabilize what were once more temperate weather patterns, these "500 year storms" will be coming more and more frequently.
Many believe that we need a better coordinate governmental response when these disasters strike. It's good to hear stories of private citizens acting as heroes, but it's better if they never have to.
In the mean time, however, boat owners have been taking time off of work and traveling with their boats towards Texas where they hope to help distribute supplies and reach people who are still stranded.
Celebrities are donating money to the relief effort, but some stars are doing even more.
1. JJ Watt
2. Jennifer Lopez and Alexander Rodriguez
3. DJ Khaled
4. Nicki Minaj
5. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
6. Kevin Hart
Can you believe it's already been over two months since Beyonce gave birth to the twins?!
The world feels a little bit more magical, doesn't it?
It feels cuter, and safer, somehow.
It's a nice feeling.
So far, Beyonce and Jay Z have pretty much kept quiet about their two new bundles of joy.
Basically all we know is that one of the babies is a boy and the other is a girl, and they spent around a week in the hospital after they were born.
They suffered from a minor health issue, most likely jaundice, and required special care, but Beyonce stayed with them until they were able to come home.
We haven't seen a ton of photos of them yet, but our glorious goddess was gracious enough to share the following photo:
As for our last little bit of knowledge on these kids, we know their names: Rumi and Sir.
When the names were revealed a lot of people were a little ... well, they were a little taken aback.
Bey and Jay are free to name their offspring whatever they like, of course, but Rumi and Sir?
Of course, these are also the people who named their first child Blue Ivy, so perhaps we shouldn't have been surprised at the names they chose.
But hey, we're only human, and humans who love celebrity gossip at that.
Who are we to be chill about some weird baby names?
The names were revealed nearly two weeks after we heard that Beyonce had given birth, so again, we've had about two months to get used to the titles of our newest future overlords.
(We call them overlords, by the way, because if Beyonce's children don't grow up to rule the world, then, like, what's the point?)
Are you feeling them yet?
If not, maybe you will after you hear Jay Z explain why they chose the names they did!
In a new interview, Jay spills all the details -- first, for his second daughter, he says "Rumi is our favorite poet, so it was for our daughter."
And that makes sense, right?
Besides, Rumi is a lovely name! It's the human whose legal name is Sir that really threw us for a loop.
But, to explain that, he says "Sir was like, man, come out the gate. He carries himself like that."
"He just came out, like, Sir."
Congrats again, Carter family!
In her brand new song, Taylor Swift takes aim at famous rivals such as Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Katy Perry.
But it's a different A-Lister who now has a beef with the artist.
Or, perhaps we should more accurately say, it's a different artist's fan base.
On Friday afternoon, Swift unveiled a music video teaser for "Look at What You Made Me Do," two days ahead of when the full video will premiere at the MTV Video Music Awards.
You can check it out HERE.
It doesn't reveal very much.
But it has revealed enough to severely anger the Beyhive, the loyal group of Beyonce fans who worship at the feet of the world's most popular solo singer...
... and who have now set their sights on Swift.
In one frame from her video teaser, Swift is dressed in a black leotard and fishnet tights while leading a group of male dancers who are all rocking similar looks.
The footage appears to be set in an ornate ballroom.
Critics, meanwhile, are pointing to Beyonce’s Lemonade visual album as a comparison.
In the video for the Beyonce track “Sorry,” the superstar and Serena Williams dance in the halls of a lavish Louisiana plantation... while wearing - you guessed it! - black leotards.
Queen Bey also donned the look with a contingent of similarly dressed backup dancers during her performance of “Formation” at Super Bowl 50.
One fan tweeted side-by-side screen shots of Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” teaser and video from Lemonade, captioning it “Lemonade and Minute Maid.”
But is it fair?
Added Beyonce fan added: “Taylor Swift wanna be Beyoncé so bad.”
Taylor has received A LOT backlash for this new single, which many Internet users believe to be petty and simply not very catchy.
It also has a very dark tone.
Others, meanwhile, thought back to Swift’s infamous feud with Kardashian and West and accused the singer of “playing the victim.”
This is a charge Swift has faced for years, having often sang about being wronged by ex-boyfriends in some way, shape or form.
This is different, though. This is Taylor Swift daring to cross the Beyhive. We'd be a tad frightened if we were her.
Are these criticisms justified?
Do you think Swift really did copy Beyonce?
Or is this just a coincidence? And it Swift receiving an unfair rap?
Sound off below and also answer this question:
Are you excited for her new album?
One mark of success is getting a figure at Madame Tussauds. It’s a dubious honor, but it’s one only given to the rich and famous. Unfortunately for Beyonce, it doesn’t seem to be an honor at all.
— Madame Tussauds NY (@nycwax) July 12, 2017
The wax figure has some… minor problems. The hair. The style. The fact that it appears to be a white blonde lady. This isn’t the first time Beyonce has done the whole white blonde look, but at least last time it was on her own terms.
Meanwhile, Kylie Jenner’s is a dead ringer for her.
I mean, I bet wax is a pretty tough medium to make work, but damn, if they could do it once, they could do it again.
Conspiracy time! Do you think this was… sabotage? That the Jenners wanted to get the upper hand in the rivalry, so some money exchanged hands and the Beyonce figure was turned into a white pop star? Is this vengeance for the things Beyonce has said and the things she has done?
Maybe this is a cosmic message telling the world that wax figures are stupid and we should stop trying to make them.
Behold ye peasants. Beyonce has revealed her twins.
Was this necessary? No. Not even Kim Kardashian went this far. But, was this 100 percent Beyonce? Yes. Looking like a goddess in front of a floral arrangement and ocean, wearing next to nothing, and holding her twins with a, not a smile, but a look that says “I’m Beyonce and you’re not” on her face is 100 percent Beyonce.
How did social media react? I’m glad you asked.
Beyoncé wrote "Sir Carter and Rumi" not "Sir and Rumi Carter" so is Rumi not a Carter or is Sir Carter Sir Carter Carter? pic.twitter.com/UTOvLLupP4
— Kingsley (@kingsleyyy) July 14, 2017
beyoncé actually invented motherhood tbh. pic.twitter.com/BghJelCf6w
— king crissle (@crissles) July 14, 2017
Beyoncé got 1M likes in 23 minutes in the photo with the twins, breaking her own record that was 30 minutes with the photo of her pregnancy. pic.twitter.com/IAwwehxq2j
— Beyoncé News (@TheYonceNews) July 14, 2017
can u believe beyoncé and her twins invented flowers pic.twitter.com/aewGJwtdvk
— farwz (@farwzz) July 14, 2017
Beyoncé waits till the whole world is asleep before she drops anything and I'm tired of it. I haven't had a healthy snooze in 15 years
— Danny (@localblackicon) July 14, 2017
Not even Cristiano Ronaldo was safe.
Beyonce and Cristiano are the only two women who've had successful twins in the same year pic.twitter.com/WGmnuvLpbF
— 2017 AFRICA (@2017AFRICA) July 14, 2017
Poor JAY-Z. He drops the second best rap album of the year, did half the work in making the twins, and can’t even get in the damn photo. Becky would have let him in the photo.
We can now all go back to our boring lives, knowing the world is a better place because Beyonce and her twins are here.
Jay-Z took a page out of Beyonce's Lemonade playbook and dropped an album, 4:44, out of the blue that nobody can stop talking about.
Between the huge new revelations about Jay-Z's cheating and Beyonce's miscarriages, some otherwise big deals were contained in that album that really deserve a little more attention.
Like Jay-Z's mom, Gloria Carter, coming out as a lesbian on the new album's third track. Yes, really.
Jay-Z isn't using subtle references to Sappho or Victorian-era symbolism, either.
His lyrics in the song, "Smile," really spell things out.
"Mama had four kids, but she's a lesbian, had to pretend so long that she's a thespian. Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate. Society shame and the pain was too much to take."
It gets better.
We're not just saying the phrase, "It gets better." We mean that the story told through these lyrics absolutely get more uplifting.
"Cried tears of joy when you fell in love. Don't matter to me if it's a him or her. I just want to see you smile through all the hate."
That is precious.
The song is "Smile" by Jay-Z featuring Gloria Carter, so yes, she absolutely makes her own voice heard in the track.
"Living in the shadow. Can you imagine what kind of life it is to live? In the shadows people see you as happy and free, because that's what you want them to see. Living two lives, happy, but not free."
Again, this is Gloria Carter's turn.
And she continues:
"The world is changing and they say it's time to be free, but you live with the fear of just being me."
The world is changing, but like any civil rights movement, even the major milestones don't necessarily change hearts and minds, and certainly not overnight.
And many in the LGBT+ community have to combat their own internalized homophobia.
That is, they'll shy away from things like holding hands with a partner or attending Pride activities.
"Living in the shadow feels like the safe place to be. No harm for them, no harm for me. But life is short, and it's time to be free. Love who you love, because life isn't guaranteed. Smile."
That's so powerful.
Jay-Z was one of the first big names in the world of rap to openly support marriage equality, speaking out in 2012.
He described opposing marriage equality as discrimination (which it obviously is), akin to racist descrimination.
That may sound academic these days, but in 2012, Obama himself had only just begun to openly support marriage equality.
Back in 2008, and in every election beforehand, no major candidate could openly support the marriage rights of the LGBT+ community without being branded a "radical" by large portions of the electorate.
Bigotry is real, but cultures do get better over time. Little by little.
Unfortunately, there are almost certainly other women who are living Gloria Carter's story.
Women who are raising children and afraid to come out as bi or gay because they don't want their children to grow up with that stigma.
Because yes, homophobia persists, especially in certain communities.
By releasing this track, Jay-Z can really spread how personally this impacts him and how homophobia can ruin lives.
By coming out, Gloria Carter has made a huge step for lesbians but especially for lesbians of color, who face homophobia, racism, and misogyny.
Today is the end of June and therefore the last day of Pride Month.
Did Jay-Z drop the album last night as much because his and Beyonce's twins, named Rumi and Sir according to reports, are alive and healthy and so he felt free to tell the story of past betrayals and miscarriages?
Did he drop it so that his mother could celebrate Coming Out on the last day of Pride?
Or did he somehow balance his and Beyonce's twins and the month of Pride and choose today as the perfect (or last viable) day for his album's release?
That's genuinely impressive.
Though ... Lemonade still takes the cake.
(Even though it didn't win Album of the Year)
Jay-Z dropped 4:44 last night and let me tell you, as someone who stayed up until 4:44 AM to listen to it, it’s really good. It’s 47-year-old Jay-Z making a grown man album and I can’t get enough of it.
On the album, Jay’s mother comes out as a lesbian, Jay admits to cheating, laments the state of current rap, takes shots at Kanye West, and says a lot of other things that I can’t do justice to.
On the track “Smile,” which features Jay’s mom, Gloria, Jay lets the world know that his mom is a lesbian and is proud that she no longer has to hide:
Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian
Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian
Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate
Society shame and the pain was too much to take
Cried tears of joy when you fell in love
Don’t matter to me if it’s a him or her
The track ends with Gloria delivering a powerful message:
Living in the shadow
Can you imagine what kind of life it is to live?
In the shadows people see you as happy and free
Because that’s what you want them to see
Living two lives, happy, but not free
You live in the shadows for fear of someone hurting your family or the person you love
The world is changing and they say it’s time to be free
But you live with the fear of just being me
Living in the shadow feels like the safe place to be
No harm for them, no harm for me
But life is short, and it’s time to be free
Love who you love, because life isn’t guaranteed
And, as for those cheating rumors that gave us Beyonce’s Lemonade? Yup, they were true.
You egged Solange on
Knowin’ all along, all you had to say you was wrong
You almost went Eric Benét
Let the baddest girl in the world get away
I don’t even know what else to say
Nigga, never go Eric Benét !
I don’t even know what you woulda done
In the Future, other niggas playin’ football with your son
That’s the from the opening track “Kill Jay-Z.” Jay actually opens up a bit more on the title track “4:44”:
And if my children knew, I don’t even know what I would do
If they ain’t look at me the same
I would prob’ly die with all the shame
“You did what with who?”
What good is a ménage à trois when you have a soulmate?
“You risked that for Blue?”
Even “Becky with the good hair” gets a shout out on the track “Family Feud”:
Yeah, I’ll fuck up a good thing if you let me
Let me alone Becky!
But, because I love a good rap feud, my favorite part is Jay taking shots at Kanye West. Here’s what he has to say on “Kill Jay-Z”:
I know people backstab you, I felt bad too
But this ‘fuck everybody’ attitude ain’t natural
But you ain’t a Saint, this ain’t KumbaYe
But you got hurt because you did cool by ‘Ye
You gave him 20 million without blinkin’
He gave you 20 minutes on stage, fuck was he thinkin’?
“Fuck wrong with everybody?” is what you sayin’
But if everybody’s crazy, you’re the one that’s insane
I don’t think Jay-Z has it in him to beef like he used to, but this man is hurt by what his brother did to him. And I’m 100 percent ready for Kanye’s response.
If you haven’t listened to 4:44, go do it. Even if you don’t like Jay-Z, you’ll like this album.
Prayers up for the twins of Beyonce and Jay-Z, who were born prematurely and are being treated for jaundice. Jaundice is a yellow tinge on the skin caused by an excess of bilirubin in the blood. The good news is that it’s easily treated. The twins have spent the past week undergoing phototherapy to eliminate the high level of bilirubin.
The arrival of the twins was announced over the weekend, but they actually came eight days ago. It’s easy to see why Beyonce and Jay-Z kept the arrival under wraps. They probably wanted to make sure that everyone was healthy before turning the birth into a media circus.
It was Beyonce’s dad who spilled the beans on the birth. Either he was looking for attention or he knows things will turn out fine. Given his penchant for staying in the spotlight through his daughters, we can’t exactly rule out the former.
It’s reported that the twins are male and female. Names haven’t been announced, but we can only hope they are color-related.
Matthew Knowles has received an unexpected and unwanted present for Father's Day:
The vitriol of the Beyhive.
Earlier this week, Beyonce gave birth to her twins, with multiple sources confirming that she and Jay Z are now the proud parents of child number-two and child number-three.
Not much else is known about the blessed event or the babies themselves, although Us Weekly alleges one is a boy and one is a girl.
TMZ, meanwhile, reports that a "minor" health issue has led to a lengthy stay for the newborns; as of this writing, they remain hospitalized.
Beyonce is also still in the hospital, but just to keep an eye over her kids, both of whom are expected to be just fine.
Her father, conversely, is in pretty rough shape at the moment, reputation-wise.
Matthew became the first member of the Knowles family to break this monumental piece of news, taking to Twitter on Sunday morning and writing the following:
"They're here! #beyonce #twins #jayz #happybirthday."
Nice, right? Sweet, no? Harmless and inspired by love, correct?
Wrong, nope and incorrect, apparently.
A legion of dedicated fans have responded to Knowles' Tweet not with messages of congratulations, but with messages of annoyance and irritation.
They're angry that Matthew had the gall to announce this baby news before the mother herself.
"You should delete this and let Bey announce it," Instagram user @wikimct wrote, while a fellow Internet commentator added:
"It's not real until the queen herself reveals it."
Over the years, Matthew and Beyonce have not had the best relationship, it's true.
He was once fired as her manager, for example, and he's divorced from her mother, Tina.
But does anyone out there really think Matthew was trying to steal Beyonce's thunder here?
That he isn't simply a very excited grandfather who did wait to reveal the twins' birth until after a handful of celebrity gossip outlets had done the same?
It would be one thing of Matthew shared photos of the babies without his daughter's consent. That would be very inappropriate.
However, he isn't revealing anything in this Tweet that hadn't previously been revealed by approximately 877 other websites first.
Beyonce and Jay Z have managed through the years to be perhaps the most famous and most successful couple in Hollywood... while also being one of the most private.
They've made a career out of controlling their images and their narratives as well as any celebrities out there, which is likely why the Beyhive is so riled up in this instance over Matthew's actions.
But it's Father's Day.
Can't we cut the guy a break and simply all celebrate together?
BEYONCE IS A MOTHER AGAIN!
JAY Z IS A FATHER AGAIN!
BLUE IVY A BIG SISTER FOR THE FIRST TIME!
This is an exciting time for all of mankind. Let's stay together and raise our collectives glasses as one, okay?
Please join us in sending best wishes to Beyonce, Jay Z and, yes, the entire Knowles family.
Beyonce gave birth to twins. So, so happy for them. Finally, these two and 5-year-old Blue Ivy Carter, their firstborn, can become this generation’s Jackson Family. Who will be the talented one? Who will be the forgotten ones? Time will tell.
“Bey and Jay are thrilled and have started sharing the news with their family and closest friends,” a source tells PEOPLE.
This will certainly put those Beyonce/Jay-Z divorce rumors to bed for a few years.
We need a comment from Jay-Z’s alleged fling Rihanna. Maybe she’s just jealous. “I wanted Jay-Z to put a baby in me!”
The next big news will be the baby names and the mad scramble to buy up domain names and print up T-shirts to cash in on these two.
A picture of her ordering at a restaurant has surfaced, and it has become Twitter’s favorite meme of the minute.
"I, as Beyoncé, will just have vegan icewater. The twins will have fried chicken, catfish nuggets, fries, mac & cheese, red beans & rice." pic.twitter.com/RoPc0mYcpJ
— dad (@animalfriespls) April 27, 2017
Instead of the Mahi-Mahi, can I just get the one Mahi because I'm not that hungry? pic.twitter.com/UnlU16v5rp
— masc potatoes (@CertifiedFool_) April 27, 2017
Somebody give that guy a standup special that was the first and only good fish joke in human history, probably.
"Who is "Gratuity" and why am I paying for her food?" pic.twitter.com/UGGmZZMjo0
— Simple. Bold. Love. (@sawngbyrd28) April 27, 2017
"I actually invented Lemonade so it should be free." pic.twitter.com/k8Yq3aGTLa
— blaria. (@Keelectric_Lady) April 27, 2017
"Right here your menu says Lemonade and not Lemonade the best selling Peabody Award winning album by Beyoncé so I need you to reprint this." pic.twitter.com/TcJ6AxCsyc
— Korbin Jones (@koscojo) April 27, 2017
"I only had an appetizer & a water…" pic.twitter.com/o3OqzVjAWv
— eric ✌ (@thetrillgent) April 26, 2017
"Okay, I don't know who ordered the gratuity" pic.twitter.com/BRx82K88Zm
— fox sin of greed (@EatMyHeartOut_) April 27, 2017
Waiter: *inner thought* who does she think she is ordering all this stuff?
Beyoncé: I'm Beyoncé and make sure them candy yams are candied. pic.twitter.com/MJ039SqYDX
— Yadii In My Blood (@BlessedZvy) April 27, 2017
She better have, too.
Beyoncé – "You see all this on the menu?"
Beyoncé – "I want all that shit" pic.twitter.com/MgYZGAfBD6
— Damedashbk (@DameDashBEYk) April 27, 2017
In news that should come as no surprise to you, unless you've literally spent the last two months under a rock or in a cave or on another planet, Beyonce is pregnant with twins.
She hasn't revealed her due date, or any other details about the pregnancy, but judging by the size of her bump the last time we saw it, we'd have to imagine those babies are coming soon.
We also keep hearing reports about how tired and miserable she is, so you know the end is near.
But while we're so happy that Beyonce is bringing two new beings into this world, little children that will surely be full of love and magic and beauty ...
Is it wrong to wish that we could have seen more of her pregnancy?
After all, she basically went into hiding after the Grammys, with reports saying that she doesn't want people to see her because she's gained weight.
That's a tough pill to swallow, since Beyonce oozes confidence and also because she'd be flawless at any weight whatsoever.
But whatever the reason for her hiding, it still hurts a little, you know?
Well, trust Beyonce to heal all wounds -- the goddess herself just shared a new video of herself and that glorious bump.
It's a little weird, but we'll take it.
Check out Beyonce looking so radiant (and SO PREGNANT) in the video below:
I am going to refuse to give my money to any remake from this point forward out of spite.
Let’s be real. The Cinderella remake was boring. The Beauty and the Beast remake was a fucking mess. Cast whoever you want. Throw in every big name celebrity who can’t fucking sing you want. I’m out.
Sources have told Variety that director Jon Favreau’s first choice to voice Nala in the upcoming Lion King remake is Beyonce. Will Bey take it though?
Since becoming pregnant with twins, she’s dropped out of Coachella and been taking it easy, and a voice acting role where they will accommodate her schedule might be more her speed. Insiders stress that she has made no decisions yet.
Other people already on board for the movie include Donald Glover as Simba and James Earl Jones, who is reprising his role as Mufasa.
I’m already bored by this.
Okay, this is pretty cheesy!
Sculptor David Bradley has created a 45-pound sculpture of Beyoncé -- made entirely out of five blocks of cheddar cheese for the East Village Cheese and Wine festival in London (above)!
Although the masterpiece called Brie-Oncé is pretty awesome, we're a little disappointed there's not also a Blue Cheese Ivy! LOLz!
[Image via Instagram.]
Good. Coachella sucks. All these rich white granola fucks pay to go out there in Native American headdresses and take molly. They could do all that anywhere in the world without directly helping to fund the Coachella CEO’s personal crusade against queer people and women.
Yeah, he one of those.
Don’t fret, granola fucks, Beyoncé is only cancelling this year because she’s pregnant AF, and will be back to headline for Coachella 2018: The Rise of Christian Sharia Law.
From E! Online:
“Following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months, Beyoncé has made the decision to forgo performing at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival,” read a message posted on Coachella’s Facebook page. “However, Goldenvoice and Parkwood are pleased to confirm that she will be a headliner at the 2018 festival. Thank you for your understanding.”
Pregnant twerking for two hours outside for a bunch of mayo fucks ain’t worth it. Take care of your million dollar fetus, Bey. While we aren’t sure exactly how far along she is, she looks far along enough that performing two sets at Coachella would totally suck for her.
While Beyonce’s replacement has not been announced yet, Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar are still gonna play, which is honestly cool as fuck.