Jay Z and Beyonce went to counseling sessions to save their failed marriage 2 years ago, E Entertainment is reporting exclusively.
Their marriage was at the breaking point and they were barely on speaking terms, a source told E! They were forced to make a choice: save the relationship or live separate lives.
â€œThey had been having problems for years,â€ the source tells E!. â€œThere was a constant commitment issue between them and in the end they were barely speaking. BeyoncÃ© didnâ€™t fully trust Jay and it was hard for her to get past that.â€
After Solange Knowlesâ€˜ infamous elevator beatdown of Jay Z, the couple released a statement, saying â€œâ€¦families have problems and weâ€™re no different. We love each other and above all we are family. Weâ€™ve put this behind us and hope everyone else will do the same.â€
But for Beyonce, the elevator incident was the turning point.
â€œThe fact everything became so public, it was embarrassing, and the first time she had to really deal with some of the questions people were asking about her marriage. It changed things. It was a pivotal moment.â€
Lemonade was born out of the bitterness of her husbandâ€™s ongoing infidelity.
Beyonce buried herself in her work. She lost weight and she lost sleep working day and night on Lemonade, a visual album.
After the movie aired on HBO, fashion designer Rachel Roy took to Instagram and admitted she was the â€œBecky with the good hairâ€ who led Jay Z astray.
Admits the insider: â€œItâ€™s true, Rachel and Jay were friends and it wasnâ€™t seen as appropriate by people who knew them.â€
â€œRachel Roy wanted to defend herself after watching BeyoncÃ©â€™s Lemonade,â€ the source said, adding that Royâ€™s Instagram post was a spur of the moment reaction to the singerâ€™s visual album.
â€œBey will never mention any names, but the people who those songs are about know,â€ said the source, indicating there was more than one Becky servicing Jay Z.
Another insider insists Jay Z was involved in every aspect of making Lemonade.
â€œJay was involved in the creation of Lemonade and knew every song Bey was going to release. He knew the lyrics; he knew the implications. He had to approve the songs before release. Jay is a very smart businessmanâ€¦ Bottom line is that they are both really smart and they both saw dollar signs.â€
According to another source, â€œBeyonce is amazed on how everything turned out. She worked day and night on this. She celebrated with family; Jay was by her side. When Beyonce put this album together she was aware of the message she was sending out. She knew that people were going to dissect each word. Beyonce wanted to connect with womenâ€™s emotions with this album.â€
As for the cheating implications, the source says, â€œJay is all about self expression, so he gets it. Beyonce shares music before itâ€™s released with Jay so he can listen and share his thoughts. When it comes to music, they are very in it together and supportive of each otherâ€™s craft.â€