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Beyoncé and Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter are the very definition of a power couple.

The married music legends are each incredibly talented and influential on their own, so

together, they're virtually unstoppable.

But much of the public's perception about this notoriously private pair is shaped by

what little Bey and Jay do share about themselves.

Over the years, tantalizing mysteries about Beyoncé and Jay-Z's relationship have taken

shape.

Here are some of the strangest of those stories.

When they met

Beyoncé and Jay-Z usually keep the steamiest details of their romantic highs and lows under

wraps, and that shrug-off approach to personal attention has been consistent from the start.

These two kept their relationship a secret so long that even they don't seem to agree

on when they actually got together.

In 2008, Beyoncé told Seventeen that she was 18 when they met, and that they started

dating when she was 19 in the year 2000, but Jay-Z told Charlie Rose they'd known each

other much earlier, as far back as 1997.

"I met her ten years ago.”

And did you say to yourself at that time, ‘Wow’?”

I saidYeah thats a fantastic talent.’"

This could be a bit of revisionist history, since Beyoncé's ex-boyfriend, Lyndall Locke,

claimed they'd been together until she began touring with Destiny's Child in her twenties.

In a 2013 Vanity Fair interview with Jay-Z, he admitted that he and Beyoncé were just

starting to date when they appeared together in the magazine's 2001 music issue.

However, despite earlier collaborations and numerous sightings of the duo out and about,

the musicians insisted their pairing was platonic.

Jay-Z all but confirmed their romance in his Black Album single "Public Service Announcement."

The couple finally made their public debut by showing up arm in arm at the 2004 MTV Video

Music Awards.

The elevator incident

Though still not talkative about their relationship in public, the couple have presented a solid

front.

However, after making the rounds at a prestigious 2014 Met Gala in New York, a video leaked

by TMZ showed Beyoncé's sister, Solange Knowles, physically assaulting Jay-Z in a hotel elevator

as Beyoncé looked on.

Rumors swirled about the cause of the incident, but the family simply released a shared public

statement dismissing the issue as private.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z commenced with their On the Run tour as planned the following summer.

However, some subtle lyric shifts during Beyoncé's performances on tour kept tongues wagging.

She later released a "Flawless" remix with a lyric that may have attempted to put the

incident on ice:

"Of course sometimes s--- goes down when there's a billion dollars on an elevator."

The number four

It's just a coincidence that the couple were both born on the fourth of the monthBeyoncé

in September 1981 and Jay-Z in December, 1969but they've since adopted that shared

digit as something sacred.

They were married on April 4th, and each got tattoos of the Roman numeral four on their

fourth fingers to commemorate their union.

They gave their daughter the middle name Ivy, which is another reference to the Roman numeral

four.

There are other, less obvious, examples of their devotion to the digit, like Jay-Z's

decision to accept a vegan challenge in 2013, writing on his website,

"There's something spiritual to me about it being my 44th birthday and the serendipity

behind the number of days in this challenge; 22 (2+2=4)."

Blue Ivy

There's no doubt Beyoncé and Jay-Z both have an entrepreneurial spirit.

Consider their endless dedication to promoting his Tidal streaming service, or her release

of Ivy Park sportswear.

But when they tried to actually trademark their daughter's name with the hopes of marketing

it as a baby products line, the courts drew a line.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z reportedly applied for trademark protection for "Blue Ivy" after

their daughter was born in January 2012, but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office declined

their request.

According to CNN, if they had won the rights to the name, the trademark would have put

a wedding planner, who'd been using the name for years, in a lurch.

But even without the trademark protection, the proud parents are still free to use the

name as they see fit for merchandising opportunities.

Lyrical hints

When Beyoncé dropped her visual album Lemonade in 2016, it triggered a firestorm of gossip

about the status of her marriage with Jay-Z.

Her legion of fans, the "Bey Hive," went on the hunt to discover who the "other woman"

known as "Becky with the good hair" was in her "Sorry" track.

Many wondered if the Carters were still together, given the tone of the album, but Jay-Z showed

up in the second act for the reconciliation phase.

It wasn't the first time the pair shared tough times through music.

Jay-Z's 2006 Kingdom Come track "Lost One" reflected on, quote,

"...how difficult it is to respect a lover as an autonomous human being, with separate

needs and goals and timelines than yours.

Its one of the hardest things about a real relationship of equals.

But it's worth it."

And if appearing in the Lemonade reconciliation number wasn't enough, Jay-Z also offered his

own apology tour by way of the lyrics to the title track on his album 4:44, in which he

made no bones about his bad behavior.

It seems what the tabloids don't confirm or deny in interviews can definitely be ascertained

from this power couple's music.

Bad dad

Her marriage with Jay-Z wasn't the only relationship Beyoncé may have addressed in her Lemonade

album.

She also supposedly documented the ups and downs she's had with her father, Mathew Knowles,

who's made headlines in the past for allegedly cheating on Beyoncé's mom and fathering a

love child.

Although father and daughter appeared together after the album's drop to quell any suspicion

of a fallout, Mathew is clearly not in the loop when it comes to his daughter's life.

He revealed that he didn't find out about her second pregnancy until she announced it

to the world on Instagram.

"I was shocked.

Let me tell you what happened.

I got a first text, and Im like, 'Why is this person saying congratulations?'

I didn't know myself."

Mathew added that he thought the surprise reveal was a strategic business decision on

the Carters' part and that he and Beyoncé later engaged in a "wonderful daughter-dad

conversation" on the subject.

Even so, a little heads up might've been nice.

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