Way back when Rihanna was just starting out, there were many rumors flying about, claiming that she and Jay-Z, who signed her to his label, were having an affair. Now her former publicist is admitting that he was the one who started the stories!
During research for a new biography on Beyonce, author J. Randy Taraborrelli uncovered the scoop!
Jonathan Hay, the ex-publicist who now produces music, is apologizing to them all. “I apologized to her…this whole thing is very awkward. I was blindsided by the news of Becoming Beyoncé coming out and it couldn’t come at a worse time for me. I’m currently releasing projects with my label Urban Hitchcock through Tidal, a company that is owned by Jay Z and Beyoncé…Hopefully this news hasn’t ruined that relationship for me.” He explained, “The PR stunt that I did was out of desperation to help break ‘Pon de Replay’. It was reckless and I didn’t think it was going to work. I was just throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what would stick.”
At the time the rumors broke, it reportedly caused a year-long split between Bey and Jay!! Hay shared, “I didn’t think it would be this big story. But now, seeing Beyoncé on the cover of this book and knowing that people are profiting from speculations and opinions about her really turns my stomach. I’m ashamed that I’m even talking about this. I just want to put this rumor to rest once and for all.”
What a mess they can create when publicists and others try to stir up news and buzz for artists and actors. Hopefully people know now that Jay-Z and Rihanna never hooked up!
Will you read this book? I have to admit I’m really curious now!
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