From the outside looking in, Jay-Z and Beyoncé appeared to be the picture-perfect couple.
The pair have been together for nearly 20 years, and though they keep their personal lives to themselves, they’ve spoken openly about the ups and downs in their relationship and marriage in their music.
Despite their superstardom, it’s obvious that the pair have worked diligently to create a healthy union for themselves and their children. In fact, Jay-Z is convinced Beyoncé is his soulmate.
Jay-Z and Beyoncé began dating in the early 2000s
The power couple first met in 2000 when they were attending MTV’s Spring Break Festival. The singer was just 18 at the time, and she was there to perform with her group, Destiny’s Child. For his part, the Brooklyn-born rapper was 30 and had already released five albums.
Beyoncé was in a relationship at the time, but the following year, the pair connected at the 9/11 “Concert for New York City.” The Blueprint rapper asked a now-single Beyoncé for her number, and the pair began dating. However, until they wed in 2008, they rarely, if ever, spoke about their relationship.
When they finally went public with their relationship in 2004 they attended the BET Awards as a couple. Still, they refused to answer any personal questions about what was going on between them.