Who was beyonce dating before jay z
July 2000: Their paths first cross in the music world when Beyoncé features on a track titled 'I Got That' by Jay Z's protege at the time, Anil.
Days later though, Beyoncé begins her 'Formation World Tour' and dedicates the final song, 'Halo', to her "beautiful husband" Jay Z. July 2016: Jay Z and Beyoncé are still very much together as they watch Serena Williams at Wimbledon in London.
But on the song "713," which is a tribute to Beyoncé's hometown of Houston, JAY raps about meeting his future wife for the first time and the fateful plane ride that had them sit next to each other.
"We played it cool at the pool of the Cancun, VMA / Confidence you exude make the fools stay away / Me, I played my room, let the fools have they say / Fate had me sittin' next to you on the plane / And I knew straight away," he raps, referencing the 2000 MTV Spring Break festival in Cancun.
And in 2017, they shocked the world when they announced that had not one child but twins on the way, Rumi and Sir Carter, who would be born June of that year.
To say that Beyoncé and Jay-Z have had their fair share of relationship challenges would be an understatement.
It's hard to keep up with this stuff, so Digital Spy has looked back at the timeline of Beyoncé and Jay Z's romance so far.
1997-2000: Sometime right before the turn of the millennium, Jay Z and Beyoncé first meet.
While accepting the 2011 Billboard Millennium Award, Beyoncé thanked her family and previous Destiny’s Child group members before thanking her husband of three years.
Rumors of infidelity began to surface in 2016 with a flurry of news coverage.
But instead of hiding from it, both Beyoncé and Jay-Z addressed the issue with their music, Beyoncé with her 2016 album Lemonade and Jay-Z with his later album where he appeared to acknowledge his infidelity.
The video, a simple performance of Beyoncé on the piano without makeup with Jay-Z shooting mixed with scenes of their personal life, was a testament to her love for her husband and a proclamation of their shared triumph over the adversity.
“I don’t have a reason to be, if I can’t be with you and I don’t need air in my lungs, if I can’t sing your song,” sings Beyoncé on the track.