Beyoncé and Jay-Z have been together for 16 years, an absolute eternity in the world of celebrity relationships. For the most part, they maintain tight control of their image as a blissful, mature couple, but that started to change in 2014, when TMZ released footage of the elevator fight that broke the internet. Though their long-prophesied divorce never came to pass, their relationship returned to the spotlight in 2016 with the release of Beyoncé's Lemonade and again this month with the release of their joint album Everything Is Love. The album confirms again that they experienced problems in their marriage, as well as rumors like "Beyoncé buying Jay-Z a $40 million jet for Father's Day."
Jay-Z and Beyonce announced dates for their “On the Run II” stadium tour.
When Beyonce and JAY-Z embarked on the original On the Run Tour in 2014, it was a much simpler time for hip-hop’s royal couple. Two years after the tour’s commencement, Beyonce would drop Lemonade, a now-iconic surprise album that addressed her husband’s infidelity, to which Jay responded with the repenting 4:44 a year later.
The cheating revelation was an obvious complication for Beyonce’s independent woman narrative, and a confusing twist to the couple’s fabled story of family and commitment.
So while a classic like “Bonnie and Clyde” will probably pop in the second half of the night, it’s also worth speculating that there might be more of a potential “Upgrade U” vibe. We’ve compiled our own hypothetical setlist for the upcoming tour, with all aspects of the Carters' relationship in mind and including a fantasy moment of Beyonce rapping "you ain't married to no average bitch boy" with a compliant Jay watching on in solidarity.