Inside Beyoncé and Jay Zs relationship – and that infamous elevator incident

Beyoncé and Jay Z have spent a majority of their musical careers in the spotlight and they are arguably the hottest power couple in showbiz.

During their time together, their relationship has not just blossomed romantically but also in the studio as the couple have released numerous musical collaborations over the years, including '03 Bonnie and Clyde and their joint album, Everything Is Love, that was released in 2018.

Beyoncé celebrated her 41st birthday on September 4 after a busy year following the release of her latest album, Renaissance, where a number of songs reference her relationship with Jay-Z.

From their first date at a well-known sushi restaurant, to their secret wedding and the infamous elevator incident, the Carters have been through a lot during their two-decades-long relationship. Here's everything you need to know about music's 'It' couple.

When did Beyoncé and Jay Z meet?

Although not much is known about the start of their relationship, Beyoncé once revealed that she met the hip hop rapper on a flight when they were sat together on their way to the 2000 MTV Spring Break Festival.

Jay-Z later rapped about their first meeting on the couple's joint album Everything Is Love where he says: "We played it cool at the pool of the Cancun, VMA / Confidence you exude make the fools stay away / Me, I played my room, let the fools have they say / Fate had me sittin' next to you on the plane / And I knew straight away."

Where was their first date?

After almost a year of friendship, Beyoncé and Jay-Z went on their first date to famous sushi restaurant Nobu.

It is known that the rapper brought one of his close friends on the date, later mentioning in Everything Is Love that it was his "first foolish mistake".

However, the "foolish mistake" did not deter their relationship, with the couple going on to feature in their first track together, 03 Bonnie and Clyde, in October 2002, with chart-topper Crazy In Love being released just a few months later.

Two years after their first date, the couple made their first red carpet debut at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards.

When did Beyoncé and Jay-Z get married?

In 2006, Beyoncé hinted that she had wedding fever after seeing her sister Solange walk down the aisle.

She told Cosmopolitan magazine: " I don't know when I'll want to get married. I never pictured myself as a bride, but after my sister's wedding, I did start thinking about what kind of wedding I'd want. I don't think I want a big one."

Beyoncé and Jay-Z finally tied the knot two years later in a secret ceremony, without even announcing to the public that they were engaged.

The couple were spotted picking up a marriage licence in New York in April 2008 and it was later confirmed that they tied the knot on April 4, 2008.

How many times have the couple musically collaborated?

Aside from their 03 Bonnie and Clyde, Crazy In Love and Everything Is Love collaborations, the couple have teamed up around 15 times in the studio.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z have also collaborated on the likes of Part II: On The Run, Drunk In Love and Deja Vu, with Jay-Z also having three writing credits on his wife's latest album, Renaissance.

How many children do Beyoncé and Jay Z have together?

Beyoncé and Jay-Z have three children together – Blue Ivy aged 10, and twins Rumi and Sir Carter, aged five.

Beyoncé famously announced her pregnancy with Blue Ivy at the VMAs in 2011.

The singer announced her pregnancy on stage during her performance of Love On Top where she said: “I want you to stand up on your feet. I want you to feel the love that’s growing inside me" as she exposed her baby bump to the crowd.

However, this was not the couple's first pregnancy as it was revealed in Beyoncé's documentary Life Is But A Dream that she'd previously had a miscarriage.

What happened between Beyoncé, Solange and Jay-Z in the elevator?

Shortly after the release of Drunk In Love, footage surfaced of Beyoncé's sister, Solange Knowles, attacking her sister's husband in an elevator at the 2014 Met Gala on May 5.

It was speculated that Solange had lashed out at her brother-in-law over rumours he'd cheated on Bey.

The family later released a statement where they said: “There has been a great deal of speculation about what triggered the unfortunate incident. But the most important thing is that our family has worked through it.

"Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred. They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family.

"The reports of Solange being intoxicated or displaying erratic behaviour throughout that evening are simply false. At the end of the day, families have problems and we’re no different. We love each other and above all we are family. We’ve put this behind us and hope everyone else will do the same.”

Did Beyoncé address the cheating rumours in Lemonade?

The cheating rumours were thrown back into the spotlight in 2016 when Beyoncé released her visual album, Lemonade.

Two songs on the album, Sorry and Hold Up, seem to hint at the cheating allegations, with Beyoncé singing in Sorry: "He only want me when I'm not there / He better call Becky with the good hair."

In 2017, Jay-Z seemed to admit to cheating on Beyoncé on his album 4:44, which is full of lyrics that hint at infidelity. He rapped: "I apologize, our love was one for the ages and I contained us / 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 prolly die with all the shame."

Are Jay-Z and Beyoncé still together?

Despite their turbulent relationship, the Carters seem stronger than ever following the cheating rumours.

The couple showed during their On The Run tour in 2018 that they had renewed their wedding vows, with twins Rumi and Sir starring in the footage, which means that the event took place some time after 2017.

The power duo continue to share glimpses of family life with their fans in magazine interviews and on Beyoncé's Instagram page.

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