One of the biggest relationship bombshells that Beyoncé dropped in song came in 2013’s “Mine,” when she hinted at a possible split.
“Been having conversations about breakups and separations / I’m not feeling like myself since the baby / Are we gonna even make it? / ‘Cause if we are, we’re taking this a little too far.”
2016: “Hold Up”
By 2016, the reveals in “Mine” didn’t seem that dramatic after all. With the release of Beyoncé’s world-shaking visual album, Lemonade, came lots of insights into the couple’s troubles. In “Hold Up,” she talked about discovering Jay’s infidelity.
“I smell your secret and I’m not too perfect / To ever feel this worthless / How did it come down to this? / Going through your call list / I don’t wanna lose my pride, but I’mma f**k me up a b**ch / Know that I kept it sexy and know I kept it fun / There’s something that I’m missing, maybe my head for one.”
2016: “Don’t Hurt Yourself”
Lemonade brought other relationship secrets too—like how Bey had considered moving on.
“Who the f**k do you think I is? / You ain’t married to no average b**ch, boy / You can watch my fat a** twist boy / As I bounce to the next d**k, boy / And keep your money, I got my own / Get a bigger smile on my face, being alone.”
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The most notorious reveal on Lemonade probably came in “Sorry,” when Bey introduced the world to “Becky with the good hair.”
“He only want me when I’m not there / He better call Becky with the good hair.”
2016: “All Night”
In “All Night,” Beyoncé hinted that reconciliation was possible, in spite of everything she and Jay had been through.
“Oh nothing real can be threatened / True love breathes salvation back into me / With every tear came redemption / And my torturer became a remedy.”
2017: “Family Feud”
After all of the bombshells Bey dropped in Lemonade, we should have expected some kind of response on Jay’s next album—and he did. On the 4:44 track, “Family Feud,” he owned up to and apologized for his infidelity, complete with a Becky reference of his own.
“Yeah, I’ll fuck up a good thing if you let me / Let me alone, Becky.”