Did Jay Z Cheat On Beyonce? 'Lemonade' Hints At Allegations

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 21: Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z look on before Miguel Cotto takes on Canelo Alvarez in their middleweight fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on November 21, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Hell hath no fury like Beyonce scorned. Her HBO special, aka art film Lemonade, implies that her husband Jay Z cheated on her. Yes, the Twitterverse seems to think Lemonade, which is also a digital album, is about Jay Z cheating on Beyonce. Fans, viewers, the Beyhive, and more are furiously responding to the content and the lyrics, which reference infidelity multiple times. At one point, Bey demands to know, "Are you cheating me?" She also drops lyrical science about regretting putting a ring on it and sings (more like snarls) about "Becky with the good hair" as though she were a mistress. Is Bey trying to tell us something in a thinly veiled and artistic way? Is she revealing to the world that her husband Jay Z cheated on her

It's certainly heavily suggested in the passionate music and verbal barbs. My initial interpretation was that Beyonce was taking the cliche of making lemonade out of life's lemons and applying it to real life. With titles in the HBO special like "Anger" and "Accountability," there's not really a lot of subtext going on here. 

Is Beyonce so highly evolved that she is able to mine her pain as source material for an entire album and forgive Jay Z at the same time? It's quite possible. But then again, her father and former manager Mathew Knowles was unfaithful to her mother Tina, so this whole thing could be entirely conceptual.

Even so, Beyonce seems to be making some accusations about infidelity and they are about someone she loves. 

In her song "Sorry," one of the verse says:

Looking at my watch, he shoulda been home
Today I regret the night I put that ring on
He always got them f*cking excuses
I pray to the Lord you reveal what his truth is

In her song "Love Drought," the tune starts:

Ten times of nine, I know you're lying
But nine times outta ten, I know you're trying

The song "Pray You Catch Me" starts:

You can taste the dishonesty
It's all over your breath as you pass it off so carefully
But even that's a test
Constantly aware of it all
My lone ear
Pressed against the walls of your world

And then there's "Hold Up," which begins:

Something don't feel right
Cause it ain't right
Especially comin' up after midnight
I smell your secret, and I'm not too perfect

"Don't Hurt Yourself" paints a vivid picture:

Who the f*ck do you think I am?
You ain't married to no average b*tch boy
You can watch my fat ass twist boy
As I bounce to the next d*ck boy
And keep your money, I got my own
Get a bigger smile on my face, being alone

Perhaps it's her song "Freedom" that says how she really feels:

Freedom! Freedom! I can't move
Freedom, cut me loose!
Yeah, freedom! Freedom! Where are you?
Cause I need freedom too!

The chorus of "All Night" seems to hint at time healing wounds:

So many people that I know, they're just tryna touch ya
Kiss up and rub up and feel up
Kiss up and rub up and feel up on you
Give you some time to prove that I can trust you again
I'm gonna kiss up and rub up and feel up
Kiss up and rub up and feel up on you

And again on "Hold Up," which has a great, bouncy beat, she doesn't mince words:

I smell your secret, and I'm not too perfect
To ever feel this worthless
How did it come down to this?
Going through your call list
I don't wanna lose my pride, but I'ma f*ck me up a b*tch
Know that I kept it sexy and know I kept it fun
Something that I'm missing might be my head for once

On "Sandcastles," she gets whimsical:

We built sand castles that washed away
I made you cry when I walked away
And although I promised that I couldn't stay, baby
Every promise don't work out that way, oh, babe

If Jay Z did have the audacity to stray and be unfaithful to Beyonce of all people, it doesn't seem as though they are divorcing. Lemonade does feature the Hova during a ballad that seems to be about forgiveness.

The special also ends with an executive producer credit for Beyonce Knowles Carter, which is telling. Later in the special, she also sings about a fixing things, so it ends on a note of hope. Draw your own conclusions.

Bustle has reached out to Beyonce and Jay Z regarding the divorce and cheating allegations, but has yet to hear back.

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