New book claims Beyonce and Jay Z split for a year over Rihanna affair rumours
A new book claims that Beyonce and Jay Z split for a year after his PRs allegedly spread rumours of a romance with Rihanna in order to boost the Bajan beauty's profile.
The unofficial biography of Beyonce (34), titled 'Becoming Beyonce: The Untold Story', alleges that the former Destiny's Child singer split with Jay Z (45) in 2005 after five years of dating.
This was around the time that a then 17-year-old Rihanna was signed by Jay Z and released her debut single On De Replay.
The book's author J Randy Taraborrelli told Entertainment Tonight on Thursday that Beyonce's disillusionment with the Rihanna situation led to a split.
"They spent meaybe a year apart from each other because Beyonce just wasn't sure of what to make of the situation with Rihanna.
"It's safe to say that Rihanna and Beyonce are friends." he added.
Beyonce and Jay Z started dating in 2000 after she appeared on Jay Z's protege Amil's I Got That and in two years later they had their first musical collaboration with Bonnie & Clyde.
Tamborrelli also gave his take on the notorious elevator row between Jay Z and Beyonce's sister Solange.
He spoke to several people who claimed to be eyewitnesses who said Beyonce told Jay Z he could not attend Rihanna's Met Gala after party.
However, he added, "I think it's safe to say the only people who know for sure what happened are Bey, Jay, Solange and the bodyguard who were in the elevator."
Beyonce and Jay Z married in April 2008 and have a daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, who was born in January 2012.