Beyonce Knowles And Jay Z: The Music Power Couple's Love Story So Far

26 June 2014 by

GALLERY >> Beyonce And Jay Z's Love Story

2001: Beyonce and Jay Z start dating

Beyonce and Jay Z had just started dating when they shot the cover for the Music Issue of Vanity Fair together. 'We were just beginning to try to date each other,' Jay Z reflects on the time. 'Well, you know, you’ve got to try first. You got to dazzle . . . wine and dine.'

2002: 'Bonnie & Clyde' is released

The duo also teamed up in 2001 to collaborate on track, 'Bonnie & Clyde'. It was released in 2002 and reached the top ten in the US Billboard chart.

2002: Things get more serious

'I was 18 when we first met, 19 when we started dating,' Beyonce reflects on the start of her relationship with Jay Z. 'There was no rush. No one expected me to run off and get married.'

2003: Crazy In Love

Jay Z appeared on *that* Beyonce track 'Crazy In Love' in 2003 and got everyone talking/booty-shaking. 

2003: GF/BF?

Playboy asked Jay-Z if he wished Beyonce was his girlfriend. His response: 'She’s beautiful. Who wouldn’t wish she was their girlfriend? Maybe one day.'

2004: Their first red carpet appearance

At the MTV Video Music Awards in 2004, Beyonce and Jay Z made their first red carpet appearance as a couple. How did they mark the occasion? Bey matched her golden 70s outfit to Jay's hat, obvs. 

2005: The Oscars

Jay Z's walked the red caroet with Beyonce at the 2005 Oscars to support his girlfriend, who was there to perform with Josh Groban. 

2006: Is a wedding on the cards?

'I never pictured myself as a bride,' Beyonce said in an interview at the time. '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.'

2006: The couple stay infamously private

'When you live your life so out in the public, then your music and life are on display,' Jay Z says. 'You need to separate from it. You can’t be in that light all the time. You need some type of escape from it. And that’s one thing that’s sacred and not in the public eye.'

2007: Engagement!

Bey and Jay announced they were engaged in 2007. 'We've been together a long time. We always knew it [the engagement] would happen,' they said in an interview. 

2007: St Barths

The couple headed on holiday in St. Barths in 2007. Jay Z gushed about Beyonce's talent in an interview: 'You know, the hard work and dedication that she puts into her shows. It just makes you want to work harder at your own craft. She’s like a machine.'

2008: Bey and Jay get married

Jay Z and Beyonce marry on 4 April 2008 in a secret New York ceremony. Instead of wedding rings, the couple opted for matching tattoos of the Roman numeral four on their ring fingers.  

2008: Beyonce talks privacy

In 2008 Beyonce told Vibe magazine: “I feel that, especially now, with the Internet and paparazzi and camera phones, it’s so difficult to maintain mystery.”

2008: Glastonbury

Jay Z headlined Glastonbury Festival in 2008 and Beyonce headed to the UK to support her husband. 

2009: More gushing

'We have been together since I was 20 years old. We took our time and developed an unbreakable friendship before we got married,' says Beyonce.

2010: Beyonce's time-out

Beyonce takes some time out to hang out with Jay Z in 2010. Her reasons? 'To be a wife and travel with (my husband)... I did it for my sanity, my life, my relationships, my nephew, my husband, my sister and my friendships.'

2011: Beyonce reveals she's pregnant

Beyonce stepped out at the MTV Video Music Awards sporting an orange gown and a growing baby bump. 'I didn’t want a crazy picture or gossip story to break the news, so I decided to say nothing and proudly show my baby bump,' she said. 

2012: Beyonce talks about her marriage

'The best thing about marriage is the amount of growth you have because you can no longer hide from your fears and insecurities,' says Beyonce. 'There’s someone right there calling you out on your flaws and building you up when you need the support. If you are with the right person, it brings out the best version of you.'

2011: The Met Gala

Beyonce and Jay Z wowwed on the red carpet for the 2011 Met Gala. The theme that year? Alexander McQueen 'Savage Beauty'. 

2012: Blue Ivy is born

Blue Ivy Carter was born on 7 January, 2012. Bey and Jay released an offical statement saying 'We are in heaven. We are thankful to everyone for all your prayers, well wishes, love and support.' And, oh yeah, released a song gushing about the baby.

2013: Magna Carta Holy Grail

Jay Z says the lyric 'She was a good girl ’til she knew me' on album Magna Carta Holy Grail is about Beyonce, confirming in an interview 'She’s gangsta now'. 

2013: Beyonce's Tumblr

As Bey started to share more photos of her holidays and free time on social media, we got an insider glimpse at the her life with Jay Z.

2013: Cuba

The couple faced criticism when they took a controversial break in Cuba in 2013. Beyonce described the visit as an 'enlightening' experience. 'You know, it was such a beautiful trip. I met some incredible children. I visited some incredible entrepreneurs,' she said. 

2013: Barack Obama's Inauguration

Longterm Barack Obama supporters, Beyonce and Jay Z attended the US President's Inauguration in 2013. Beyonce was criticised for lip-syncing during her performance at the event.

2014: The Grammys

Beyonce and Jay Z hit the stage at the 2014 Grammys for a controversial performance of track 'Drunk In Love'. While Jay was suited-and-booted, Beyonce was clad in only a raunchy leotard. 

2014: Coachella

Bey and Jay hit Coachella in April 2014 to support Beyonce's sister Solange. The couple shared totally loved up snaps of themselves having the best time ever on Bey's Tumblr. 

2014: Met Gala

Before that lift scandal happened, Jay Z and Beyonce looked loved up on the red carpet at the 2014 Met Gala. When Beyonce's ring fell on the floor, Jay Z bent down, picked it up and staged a fauz proposal. 

2014: On The Run's announced

Beyonce and Jay Z made millions of dreams come true in May when they announced they were heading on a tour across American in the summer of 2014

2014: The lift

A video of Solange attacking Jay Z in a lift at the Met Ball leaked online in May. It sparkedJay Z cheating rumours and whisperings of a marriage breakdown. Beyonce released a statement denying that their marriage was in trouble. Phewf!

2014: On The Run starts!

Beyonce and Jay Z performed the first gig of their On The Run tour in June 2014. The show footage of their wedding day on a big screen. 

Beyonce and Jay Z are the ultimate music power couple. The duo have worked together on tracks like 'Bonnie And Clyde', 'Crazy In Love' and 'Part II On The Run' over the course of their relationship, appearing at each other's gigs, supporting each other on the red carpet and becoming the highest earning celebrity couple.

For the majority of their relationship Bey and Jay have kept things very quiet. They refused to hit the red carpet together during their first few years of dating and got married in secret in 2008. Beyonce didn't even reveal she was pregnant with Blue Ivy until she stepped out at the 2011 MTV VMAs with a blooming baby bump. 

In recent years the duo have given us a greater insight into their lives on Beyonce's regularly updated Tumblr account. We've had sneak peek behind-the-scenes on Bey's tour and been taken on their glamorous family holidays. Plus both musicians have performed lyrics about their relationship on tracks and they have a joint tour planned for the summer. 

All good right? Wrong. Things between the couple took a shocking public turn earlier this year when a video of Beyonce's sister Solange attacking Jay Z was leaked online. Bey's there watching what's going on but doesn't react. There's no clue as of yet as to why the incident happened, but let's take a look at Bey and Jay's love story in pictures and see if we can spot any clues... 


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