Inside Beyoncé and Jay-Z's relationship timeline

The couple share three children together

Beyoncé and Jay-Z are one of Hollywood's hottest power couples. The talented duo are known globally for their phenomenal contributions to the world of music, earning Beyoncé the famous moniker, Queen Bey. It's fair to say that the 52-time Grammy winners have established themselves among celeb royalty…

From their top-secret wedding to Jay-Z's widely reported affair, read on to discover the finer details of their very public relationship…

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How did Beyoncé and Jay-Z meet?

The music legends first crossed paths during their teenage years. Speaking to Seventeen in 2008, the Single Ladies songstress revealed: "I was 18 when we first met, 19 when we first started dating… There was no rush – no one expected me to run off and get married."

The couple met as teens

Beyoncé explained how the duo built a strong friendship before dabbling in dating. In a candid chat with Oprah Winfrey, the star said: “We were friends first for a year and a half before we went on any dates."

By 2003, the talented pair were a global sensation thanks to their instant hit, Crazy in Love. Fast forward to 2004, and the new lovebirds hit headlines around the world with their loved-up VMAs appearance. Their romance was officially out in the public.

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When did they tie the knot?

The smitten couple opted to keep details of their wedding out of the spotlight. They married in secret in 2008, without even telling fans that they were engaged. It was later revealed that the couple tied the knot on 4 April in a very intimate wedding ceremony.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z joined forces

Opening up about their big day, Jay-Z told Vibe magazine: "I just think it's really a part of your life that you gotta keep to yourself… You have to, or you'll go insane in this type of business.

"You have to have something that's sacred to you and the people around you… I shared so much of my life, my childhood, and my family, the death of my nephew with the world."

The loved-up couple wed in secret

Whilst the duo have kept hush-hush about the more intimate details of their nuptials, the likes of Michelle Williams, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin featured on the duo's star-studded guestlist.

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A stunning black and white snapshot showed the newly-weds joyously making their way down the aisle in front of cheering crowds. In terms of decorations, the star allegedly had 70,000 of her favourite flowers – white dendrobium orchids – flown in from Thailand.

When did the couple become parents?

Beyoncé suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage two years prior to welcoming her first child. In an emotional interview with ELLE, the star explained: "I began to search for deeper meaning when life began to teach me lessons I didn't know I needed. I learned that all pain and loss is in fact a gift.

The songstress welcomed Blue Ivy in 2012

"Having miscarriages taught me that I had to mother myself before I could be a mother to someone else."

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Later in 2011 Beyoncé dropped a major bombshell: the star finally admitted that she was pregnant after much speculation. Sharing the news with her fans at the VMAs, the Halo songstress announced: "I want you to stand up on your feet. I want you to feel the love that's growing inside me."

The star spoke candidly about motherhood

The star welcomed daughter Blue Ivy Carter in 2012, and in 2017 Beyoncé gave birth to twins Sir and Rumi. Touching on her life-changing motherhood experience, the 41-year-old later revealed: "Then I had Blue, and the quest for my purpose became so much deeper," the 38-year-old said.

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"I died and was reborn in my relationship, and the quest for self became even stronger. It's difficult for me to go backwards. Being 'number one' was no longer my priority."

Did Jay-Z cheat on Beyoncé?

News of Jay-Z's affair rocked the world in May 2014 when footage emerged of Beyoncé's sister – Solange Knowles – seemingly attacking the rapper in an elevator. At the time, the family released a statement which read: "The reports of Solange being intoxicated or displaying erratic behavior throughout that evening are simply false.

"At the end of the day, families have problems and we’re no different. We love each other and above all we are family. We’ve put this behind us and hope everyone else will do the same."

The couple hit a low point in 2014

In April 2016, Beyoncé achieved 'icon' status when she dropped her bombshell visual album, Lemonade. At the time, the 'Beyhive' was abuzz with serious speculation regarding Beyoncé's cryptic lyrics. The infamous line, "Becky with the good hair," certainly set the internet alight…

Seemingly confirming his infidelity, Jay-Z released a song in June 2017 referencing his "shame". "I apologize, our love was one for ages and I contained us, and if my children knew, I don't even know what I would do / If they ain't look at me the same / I would prolly die with all the shame."

Beyoncé's album hinted at her husband's infidelity

Despite a very public roller-coaster relationship, the duo appear to have moved on from their marriage woes. In June 2018, they released a joint album, Everything is Love, and in 2022, Beyoncé dedicated her Renaissance album to her beloved family.

On her website she penned: "I want to give a special thanks to Rumi, Sir, and Blue for allowing me the space, creativity, and inspiration. And a special thanks to my beautiful husband and muse, who held me down during those late nights in the studio."

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