To understand how that transition happened, we have to look at how the gossip press covered the Knowles-Carter marriage — and how Beyoncé and Jay-Z responded.Public speculation that Beyoncé and Jay-Z were dating began in 2002, when they collaborated on “’03 Bonnie and Clyde.” The song was a natural fit for Jay-Z’s player persona, but Beyoncé’s hook, a lyrical inverse of Tupac Shakur’s “Me and My Girlfriend,” which the track samples, was so generic that it could have been sung by practically anyone.There was almost no reason to bring Beyoncé into the mix if you didn’t want the press to start speculating wildly.Long before his relationship with Beyoncé, Jay Z was known for being a player and he is also rumoured to have dated a lot of women.
For a long time, the question of Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s relationship was distinct from the question of their music.
Since women have a better memory than men, we’d bet on Bey.
(Jay was born December 4, 1969, which means he was about 30.) Baby Bey appeared on Jay’s protégé’s track “I Got That” in 2000.
They might duet on a “Crazy in Love” here or a “Deja Vu” there, but when Beyoncé sent a man to the left, to the left in “Irreplaceable,” there was little public speculation over whether she was secretly singing about Jay-Z.
She was clearly putting on a pop music persona, and few thought the song was autobiographical. They started dating in 2001 but didn’t go public until 2004, and they married in April 2008 and didn’t tell the public until that August.