Rachel Roy has denied rumours that she is the woman referenced in a song about infidelity on Beyoncé’s new album.
After the singer released ‘Lemonade’ on Saturday, fans have been trying to uncover the identity of a woman which Beyoncé calls ‘Becky’.
On ‘Sorry’, the star sings the line: “He only want me when I’m not on there / He better call Becky with the good hair”. Many have speculated the lyric alludes to a paramour with whom Jay Z is alleged to have had an affair with.
Roy, a long-time friend of the rapper, became the centre of rumours after she posted a selfie, hours after the album dropped, that appeared to be a response to the description.
She captioned the now deleted image: “Good hair don’t care, but we will take good lighting, for selfies, or self truths, always. live in the light #nodramaqueens.”
The fashion designer was subjected to abuse from the singer’s supporters online.
In a statement made earlier today, Roy denied the theory that she is ‘Becky’.
“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,” she told People magazine.
There is no validity to the idea that the song references me personally. There is no truth to the rumours.”
She added: “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.”
‘Lemonade’ was made available to download through iTunes yesterday, following a brief period of exclusivity on Tidal.