In 2003, Jay Z told Playboy the two were "just friends." Yes.
The two were "just beginning to try to date each other" in 2001, when they appeared together on the cover of Vanity Fair, Jay admitted in 2013.
According to the theory it was in 2005, around the time this picture was taken and Rihanna, then 17, released her debut single.
At the time, Jay Z was 35 years old and Beyoncé was 24 Jay Z took on Rihanna as his protegée when she was 17 and mastered the release of her debut single Pon De Replay.
On 2006 track "Lost One," Jay narrated the dissolution of a relationship with a younger partner, saying: "I don't think it's meant to be, be / But she loves her work more than she does me / And honestly, at 23 / I would probably love my work than I did she / So, we ain't we / It's me, and her." Rihanna auditioned for then-Def Jam President Jay Z and then-label head L. In September 2006, many suspected Beyoncé of slamming Rihanna on B' Day single "Ring the Alarm," with lyrics like: "She's sold half a million, gold / She don't love [you], that shit I know." Doesn't seem like it.
But true or not, at the time, these rumors were seen as beneficial to all involved at the time.
On September 19, 2000 Amil released her debut solo album, A. In 2002, Amil had a small role in State Property along with other Roc-a-Fella members such as Dame Dash and Jay-Z. Me, I choose to just be me." She went on to say that she holds no grudges against her former labelmates, though she has no communication with them.
The album featured the single "I Got That", a duet with Beyoncé (singer of R&B group Destiny's Child), and All-Star Roc-A-Fella single "4 Da Fam".From the very start of their relationship, the two have been remarkably cryptic about their private life, managing to keep their most intimate aspects of their life sealed away despite being one of the world’s most talked-about couples.In honor of the epic saga that is Bey and Jay, Vulture takes a look back at the musical icons’ entertaining history together, beginning when she was Destiny’s Child’s front woman and Jay Z still had his hyphen, and charting their many collaborations (e.g., “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Drunk in Love”), the birth of Blue, the infamous elevator video, and onward, toward their now-uncertain future.The author spoke to several individuals who are close to Beyoncé, and claimed he has heard from eyewitnesses that the Drunk In Love singer told Jay he could not attend Rihanna's after party at the Met Gala.In the book, Locke spoke fondly of his ex and even said he learned a lot from their relationship as he added: 'She's still the first girl I ever kissed at that Brian Mc Knight concert so long ago, when we were little kids.In 2005 they appeared virtually inseparable, hand-in-hand at every public event they attended.