Rachel Roy, the designer accused of having an affair with Jay Z, fully denies being romantically linked to him in any way.
After the release of Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade on Saturday, many took a lyric about “Becky with the good hair” to mean Jay Z had cheated with a white woman. Not even 24 hours after the album’s release, Rachel Roy, a former friend of the family, did the unfathomable and posted an Instagram photo making reference to the line.
“Good hair, don’t care, but we will take good lighting, for selfies, or self truths, always,” Roy wrote in a caption, before eventually deleting the photo following a rush of, uh, unkind comments from Beyoncé fans.
Roy—who had to cancel an appearance on Monday due to a “personal emergency”—sent the following statement to People:
“I want to put the speculation and rumors to rest. My Instagram post was meant to be fun and lighthearted, it was misunderstood as something other than that. There is no validity to the idea that the song references me personally. There is no truth to the rumors.”
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Bad joke. Roy previously tried to weasel out of the scandal by tweeting: “I respect love, marriages, families and strength. What shouldn’t be tolerated by anyone, no matter what, is bullying, of any kind.” Which didn’t sound like a denial.
She now wants to turn this misunderstanding into a public service announcement on bullying. In her statement to People, she adds:
“Consequently, online haters have targeted me and my daughters in a hurtful and scary manner, including physical threats. As a mother – and I know many mothers would agree – I feel that bullying in any form is harmful and unacceptable. I would hope that the media sees the real issue here – the issue of cyber bullying – and how it should not be tolerated by anyone.”
The damage appears to be irrevocable.
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