Beyonce and Jay Z are the textbook definition of a power couple. Independently, they are two of the biggest stars in the industry, but together they are an unstoppable force. Although the pair have been together since the early 2000s, they didn’t really disclose their relationship to the public, so we knew next to nothing about their love life behind closed doors. It is commonly believed that Beyonce and Jay Z’s age is the reason they kept a lid on their relationship.
However, things have changed as the two are becoming more transparent about their relationship with every passing year. Granted their romance has had its fair share of good and bad moments, they have managed to keep from hitting the icebergs that have led many celebrity unions to an untimely demise. It seems that nothing can come between Beyonce and Jay Z as they are committed to raising their wonderful kids and leaving a lasting legacy in the entertainment world.
The Power Couple’s Age Difference
Queen Bey was born on September 4, 1981, while her husband Jay Z arrived on December 4, 1969. Going by these dates, Beyonce and Jay Z’s age will always be 12 years apart. Yeah, the rapper is 12 years older than his wife.
In 2019, the Grammy award-winning singer (Beyonce) got an early start on the birthday celebrations backstage at the Made in America Music Festival. The little surprise was planned by Jay Z, and Beyonce couldn’t hold back the smiles or excitement.
At What Age Did They Meet?
By the time they met, both artists were already making waves in the music scene, although Jay Z was the more established of the two. Beyonce’s all-girl R&B group Destiny’s Child was taking off, but Jay Z was already considered a maestro in the industry. When their paths crossed for the first time in 1999, the Single Ladies songstress was only 18, while the rapper was 30. The difference in Beyonce and Jay-Z’s age was a bit awkward so they didn’t start dating for real until 2001.
What Their First Date Was Like?
While their relationship seems picture-perfect now, it didn’t exactly get off on the right foot. Jay Z even talked about how distastefully he acted on his first date with his future wife on his 2017 album 4:44. The rapper took a friend along with him to seem cool and disinterested on the date, and it was as lame as it sounds.
Although they were already dating, Beyonce and Jay-Z’s age kept them from becoming exclusive until the singer turned 21. When it happened, it was not a lovey-dovey affair as Jay Z apparently told her not to embarrass him. Instead of some sweet proposal telling her how much he wanted to be with her, this was the way he chose to ask her out. Although he has since apologized for it, his actions still leave a sour taste in his mouth.
Did the Age Difference Bother Them?
Beyonce and Jay-Z’s age difference was obviously an issue in the beginning because it just didn’t look good for a 30-year-old man to be fraternizing with a teenager. While they both claim they didn’t start going out until she was 19 and didn’t become serious until she turned 21, most people still found the age thing to be a bit unsettling.
Beyonce and Jay-Z’s Marriage
After seven years of their on-and-off romantic affair, Beyonce and Jay Z headed to the altar on April 4, 2008, in a New York City apartment owned by the rapper. They chucked the traditional exchange of wedding rings and got matching tattoos on their ring fingers instead. When asked why they chose to keep their relationship private, Beyonce said it was because they wanted to decide everything for themselves and not because of public image or perception.
Many years have passed since the power duo first met so Beyonce and Jay-Z’s age difference is no longer an issue to anyone. The singer in her late thirties and her soon to be 50-year-old husband are blissfully enjoying their married life.
Their relationship came close to imploding in 2014 when rumors began to circulate that Jay Z had been unfaithful to his wife. Footage of Beyonce’s sister, Solange hitting the rapper in an elevator because of the alleged affair also surfaced. Jay Z himself has confirmed that he indeed cheated on his wife, but the couple seems to have moved past that going by their latest collaborative album, Everything is Love.