BEYONCE and Jay Z have been plagued by rumours of a split for over a decade.
And the power couple have been hit by yet more claims this week after a new unauthorised biography of Beyonce has been released which claims she separated from the 99 Problems rapper for a whole YEAR in 2005.
According to explosive new book “Becoming Beyonce” by celeb journalist Randy Taraborrelli, the star and her beau split in 2005 over rumours he had been unfaithful withRihanna
The book alleges the rumours about Jay Z and his prodigy Rihanna were spread by his PRs to boost Ri Ri’s profile and Beyonce “wasn’t sure what to make of the situation.”
Here is a break down of the couple’s ups and downs over the last decade…
Beyonce and Jay Z met in 2000 but kept their relationship out of the limelight for the first few years.
In 2003 the pair made their debut as a couple in their 03 Bonnie and Clyde music video and stepped out together in public a few weeks later.
The couple worked on Bey’s debut solo single, Crazy in Love, together, and began creating their world-famous image of the perfect A-list power couple.
But it wasn’t long before their relationship came under strain.
Jay Z met Rihanna in 2003 when she auditioned for him and signed her first music contract with Def Jam Recordings.
According to reports, Jay Z and Rihanna’s PRs span rumours the pair were secretly seeing each other in a bid to propel the new artist into the limelight.
Alough the rumours were untrue, Taraborrelli claims Bey believed the gossip and ended up having trust issues when it came to Jay.
In an extract seen by the Mirror, he writes: “Beyonce wasn’t sure she could trust Jay when it came to his adamant denials. She couldn’t help but be skeptical.”
The tension reportedly errupted in a full-on row in New York at the rapper’s 40/40 club.
Taraborrelli adds: “All that was heard was Rihanna’s name uttered several times, before Beyonce stood up and stormed off.”
And according to the new book, things got so bad that Bey actually called time on their relationship.
“They spent maybe a year apart from each other because Beyoncé just wasn’t sure of what to make of the situation with Rihanna,” Taraborrelli says.
But he adds: “It’s safe to say that Rihanna and Beyoncé are friends.”
In 2006, after the reported year apart, Beyonce and Jay got back together. The irreplaceable songwriter is understood to have felt “lost” without her man, who she has now been with for 15 years.
But even after tying the knot in a private ceremony in 2008, Taraborrelli claims the rumours were a sore subject for Beyonce.
And unsubstantiated rumours kept on coming. Whispers of Jay Z’s infidelity with a string of other women began circulating.
But Taraborrelli says he doesn’t believe for a second that Jay Z has ever cheated on the star and the couple have never publicly addressed the rumours.
And it didn’t end there.
In July last year Beyonce changed the lyrics to her song Resentment – a song about a man being unfaithful – to what her army of fans believed to be a very specific reference about her husband.
She swapped “Been riding with you for six years,” to “Been riding with you for 12 years” – coincidentally the length of time she’s been with Jay Z.
Fans were shocked but Beyonce never commented on her creative change.
When Beyonce dropped her album a few months later fans were shocked that the Crazy in Love hitmaker had recorded a song called “Ring Off.”
The lyrics were raw and cutting: “In the mirror you would stare/And say a prayer like, ‘I wish he said I’m beautiful’/ I wish it didn’t hurt at all/I don’t know how I got here, I was once the one who had his heart. Until you had enough, then you took that ring off/You took that ring off/ So tired of the lies and trying and fighting and crying/ You took that finger.”
Following the 2014 Met Gala, Bey and Jay made headlines for all the wrong reasons when footage of Beyonce’s sister Solange attacking the rapper in a lift was leaked.
The cause of the argument has never been disclosed, but rumour has it the fight was a result of Beyoncé telling Jay Z he could not go to Rihanna’s afterparty.
The couple continued to work hard to shake all the negative rumours about their marriage and went on a joint tour at the end of last year after releasing chart topping single Drunk in Love.
In what was possibly the best show of unity EVER, the couple stormed the world’s stages with PDAs even Kimye would be proud of.
The release of Becoming Beyonce is sure to ruffle some feathers in Queen Bey’s camp.
But the world-dominating couple have yet to comment on the allegations.
As featured in OK! Magazine