Beyonce and Jay-Z (Instagram, @beyonce)
  • Beyoncé and Jay Z, married since 2008, will be performing in Johannesburg on December 2, 2018. 
  • The couple, who survived a cheating scandal, has a combined net worth is estimated to be about $1.16 billion (R15.5 billion) 
  • They now have three children: Blue Ivy, and twins Rumi and Sir.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z are heading to Johannesburg in December to perform at the Global Citizen Festival, in honour of former president Nelson Mandela.

The duo will join Cassper Nyovest, D'banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams & Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher, and Wizkid at the free-ticketed event at the FNB Stadium.   

READ: Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Usher, and Oprah headed to SA for Global Citizen Festival

Beyoncé and Jay-Z have been a match made in musical heaven ever since they first collaborated on the song "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" back in 2002.

Tabloids were quick to speculate whether or not the duo had more than a professional relationship. But even after they tied the knot in 2008, the couple has largely kept quiet about their romance.

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But that doesn't mean it's always been smooth sailing for the "Crazy in Love" couple.

In an interview with New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet, Jay-Z opened up about his infidelity, which Beyoncé alluded to in her acclaimed visual album Lemonade.

"You shut down all emotions," the rapper told Baquet. "So even with women, you gonna shut down emotionally, so you can't connect... In my case, like it's, it's deep. And then all the things happen from there: infidelity."

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Jay-Z went on to reveal the couple used their craft "like a therapy session," making music together in order to heal. The sessions ultimately resulted in reconciliation, along with Lemonade and Jay-Z's album 4:44.

Here's a look back on the relationship of Jay-Z and Beyoncé:

While "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" dropped in 2002, Vulture reported the couple might have initially met as early as 1997.

(Instagram: @beyonce)

Source: Vulture


The pair graced the red carpet together for the first time at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards. Still, they stayed mum about their relationship.

(Getty)

Source: Vulture 


Beyoncé later told Essence the couple both decided they didn't want their romance to be in the spotlight: "What Jay and I have is real. It's not about interviews or getting the right photo op. It's real."

(Instagram: @beyonce)

Source: Essence, Vulture


They wed in Jay-Z's apartment in Manhattan on April 4, 2008. The date — 4/4 — held special significance for both Beyoncé and Jay-Z, who were each born on the fourth of the month. Beyoncé's mother, Tina Lawson, designed her gown.

(Instagram: @beyonce)

Source: Vulture, Vanity Fair


The pair got matching tattoos on their ring fingers of the Roman numeral IV.

(Instagram: @beyonce)

Source: Vulture, Refinery 29


Over the course of their relationship, Beyoncé and Jay-Z established couple friends, like rocker Chris Martin and actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who have since split. "They're very kind, generous, good, good people," Paltrow told Ellen DeGeneres

Beyonce with Chris Martin during their Super Bowl half time show (Instagram, @beyonce)

Source: Vulture, Buzzfeed


The couple also founded dual charitable organisations. Beyoncé's BeyGood Foundation has raised funds for everything from disaster relief to global gender equality, while Jay-Z's Shawn Carter Foundation provides scholarships to disadvantaged young people.

Beyonce with former US first lady Michelle Obama (Instagram: @beyonce)

Source: Essence, BeyGood, Shawn Carter Foundation


They've both continued to dominate the charts. Forbes estimates Jay-Z has a net worth of $810 million (about R11 billion), while Beyoncé is worth $350 million (R4.6 billion).

(Instagram: @beyonce)

Source: Vulture, Forbes, Forbes


The couple performed "Love on Top" during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. Beyoncé revealed she was pregnant during the performance, and gave birth to daughter Blue Ivy Carter in January 2012. That same year, four years after they were married, Jay Z and Beyoncé renewed their vows in a private ceremony.

Beyonce, Jay-Z and Blue Ivy on holiday (Instagram: @beyonce)

Source: Vulture, The Daily Mail


Beyonce discussed her marriage in an interview with Oprah, saying "I would not be the woman I am if I did not go home to that man. It gives me such a foundation." She also opened up about having a miscarriage, adding, "It was the saddest thing I've ever been through."

(Instagram: @beyonce)

Source: Vulture, The Hollywood Reporter, US Magazine


But speculation about their marriage ramped up when Beyoncé's sister Solange was videotaped striking Jay-Z in an elevator at the Standard Hotel in New York City in 2014.

(TheColi.com, Youtube)

Source: Business Insider


Rumours began to spread throughout the tabloids about Jay-Z cheating on his wife. Beyoncé's Lemonade, released in April 2016, seemed to allude to her husband's infidelity, as well.

(Instagram: @beyonce)

Source: Cosmopolitan


Jay-Z told The New York Times that therapy had helped the couple repair their marriage in the wake of his cheating.

(Instagram: @beyonce)

Source: The New York Times


The couple acquired two major pieces of property in 2017: an $88 million (R1.8 billion) Los Angeles estate, as well as an escape in the Hamptons for $26 million (around R350 million).

Beyonce and Jay-Z's Hamptons mansion (From listing on Trulia)

Source: Business Insider


The couple also expanded their family, welcoming new twins, Rumi and Sir Carter in June.

Beyonce with her twins Sir Carter and Rumi (Instagram: @beyonce)

Source: Vanity Fair, Business Insider

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