Did Beyonce change a song lyric to reflect Jay-Z’s alleged infidelities?


Beyonce and Jay-Z are touring together right now. It’s their “On The Run” Tour, because they are Bonnie & Clyde. If Bonnie & Clyde had a half a billion dollars and a 24-hour video archive. You would think that because they are on the road together, because Beyonce has Jay-Z’s Dong Lojack ™ activated, because this is all about their joint business, that they would be totally and completely on message, right? Wrong. Apparently, Beyonce went dangerously off-script (OR DID SHE?) during a performance of “Resentment”…

Did Beyonce publicly imply that Jay Z might have cheated on her? The 32-year-old singer changed one very important lyric to the song “Resentment” while performing it live during the couple’s On the Run Tour in Ohio Saturday.

While belting out the track, which is about a woman who was cheated on, Queen Bey sang “been riding with you for 12 years” instead of the original words “been riding with you for six years.” When Beyonce first recorded her version of the song for her second studio album, “B’day,” in 2006, she and Jay had been dating for four years.

[From The NYDN]

Here’s the video of the performance – this is a decent-quality fan video and if you skip to the 3:15ish mark, you can hear Beyonce change the lyric. The crowd goes wild when she does it too – these are the true Bey-stans who live deep in The Hive. They know every single word of her songs, so they knew immediately when she changed the lyric.

So, what does this mean? Is Beyonce calling out Jay-Z? Is she tired of living with his infidelities? Does it mean a post-tour divorce? Eh. I tend to think Beyonce is sort of trolling The Hive. She wants to get people worked up. And it worked.


Photos courtesy of Beyonce’s Tumblr.

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  1. GiGi says:

    Yeah – who knows what’s going on with those two… but she’s trolling hard here. Basically spoonfeeding the rumor mill. Gross.

    • BratB says:

      Yeah I agree. Maybe he did maybe he didn’t but why add fuel to the fire……. oh yeah for publicity and money! That’s sad.

  2. Abbott says:

    That must have been an awkward ride to the next concert venue.

    • Gina says:

      One of the rumors is they only see each other during the shows (and photo ops). The rumor is there so much tension that they and their entourages travel completely separate.

      Even if she is doing it to “stir up the hive”, it doesn’t make him look good which leads me to believe she’s mad at him for something and he knows he’s in the dog house with her.

      • Abbott says:

        That makes more sense. They definitely don’t share transportation like peasants!

        You’re right, she did throw him under the bus.

  3. Eleonoy says:

    I think she will stay with him no matter what. Unless he get caught.

  4. Ice Queen says:

    I say she planned to do that. I think rarely anything is spontaneous with these people. (Minus the elevator scene-that seemed pretty real and unplanned :P )

    • LadyMTL says:

      ITA, they most likely planned it out because they knew that it would get us (keep us) talking. They’re a brand and they’re both smart people and I seriously doubt that Beyoncé caught Jay by surprise.

      • kri says:

        Agreed. And if he has been cheating, I believe she knows and was okay with it as long as there was no public humiliation. She has got to be feeling the embarassment now though-after the Elevator Gate, we all know it ain’t perfect-not even close. Dump his ass, B.

    • LeahMommy says:

      Yep. I think they sat down together and decided it. They wanted people talking and it worked. These two are brilliant business folks, rarely sloppy.

    • Faye says:

      I agree @Ice Queen. These two are on a joint tour meant to promote themselves individually and as a brand. I don’t see her doing this without advance planning and Jay’s permission. This couple is a master of “Don’t talk about us, we want to be private (except not really”).

  5. Ag says:

    meh. i bet it was premeditated to get them the extra attention.

  6. Lora says:

    Serious question, why does it mean, that hes cheating just because she changed the lyrics? I’m wondering?

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      We were asking the same question at the same time. Sorry.

      • QQ says:

        This… Come on Stans, please illuminati us ( lol) no for serious Up until this last cd, ive owned and/or listened to completion to 2-3 Beysus songs so Im not knowledgeable of why this would be important or ..i guess super significant?

    • Lindy79 says:

      I didn’t get it either, she changed it from 6 to 12 years….meaning she’s been with him longer? I don’t get it…

      *scratches head*

      • MrsBPitt says:

        I read its because Jay and Bey got together 12 years ago…..not married, but started their relationship…

  7. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Ok, I’m slow today, but is it significant because she changed it to the amount of time she has actually been with Jay, so she’s implying it was him? Where before it was a fictitious woman, not her?

    • Lora says:

      Yeah, we need answers! :)

    • Ag says:

      i don’t understand it either. more info, please!

    • Kate says:

      The original lyric was 6 years, when the song was released she’d only been dating Jay for around 4 years. Weird fact; it’s actually a cover of a Victoria Beckham song with just a few little tweaks, so it definitely wasn’t written with Jay and Bey’s relationship in mind. So yeah, by singing 12 years she’s made it about her relationship instead of a fictional relationship.

      She’s definitely referencing Jay here and saying he cheated (and he obviously has), but I’m certain she’s just trolling for attention and not truly calling him out. Which is a new low for her (and him). This is how Z listers get attention, not superstars.

  8. Word Girl says:

    I read on another site, I think it was Yahoo, that Beyoncé and Jay Z are not riding together on the same tour bus but are riding separately for the tour. I think their marital dysfunction is weighing on them really bad. I believe that Beyoncé is trolling the media a bit too because, it’s like, how would I get that good of a sound bite and clarity at a live event to be able to even post that she had altered the words to the song? I get that a true fan of a certain song would know that the song was altered but to get great footage and sound bite of that alteration is a completely different story altogether.

  9. L says:

    1) The whole reason she ‘changed’ the lyrics, is because she wanted the buzz of everyone talking. No press is bad press.

    2) She’s been singing this lyric with this change in concert for YEARS now. From concert back in 2010.

  10. Adrien says:

    She added songs on her set list that were hinting at JayZ’s infidelity like Lauren Hill’s Ex-factor and Ring The Alarm from her old album B’day. Song was about Rihanna, btw, for non-Bey followers.

    • Word Girl says:

      @ Adrien,
      I’m curious to hear if you believe that he may be “carrying or carried” on an affair with more than just Rhianna while being in relationship with Beyonce?

      I believe he has had a lot of affairs and is still having a lot of affairs while in relationship with Beyoncé. I believe he was even having them before they got married, and that they are both still together because of the financial earnings that the unification provides.

  11. lisa2 says:

    There are pics of them out looking around like tourist with Blue.

    I don’t think anyone really knows what is going on… but they are keeping people interested I guess.

    • Mel M says:

      I saw those pics and none had Blue Ivy’s face. All it made me think of was that they have someone following them taking pictures and documenting their every move because they are of all three of them and no one looks at the camera. It’s just funny to me.

  12. kibbles says:

    These two are professional entertainers who are masters at creating false hype. They are also currently doing a world tour together. I believe Jay-Z has side pieces that Beyonce has known about for a long time. She’s only opening up about it now to sell tickets because their marriage has always been first and foremost a business deal. If she wanted to divorce Jay-Z, which I don’t think she does, she would not do it in the middle of a tour. She got exactly what she wanted which is a ton of attention and more publicity for her tour.

  13. Abbott says:

    FWIW, at Lainey’s Smut Soiree a couple weeks ago, she did say the elevator brawl had something to do with Naomi Campbell trash talking Bey and Solange was angry Jay didn’t stop it.

    She also said that Jay/Bey have an open relationship.

    • QQ says:

      I can ride with this Open Relationship thing, im sorry but is a bit quaint that people expect these people at both their level of fame and time spent away from one another to be exclusively 100% monogamous all the time

      • Faye says:

        It’s probably not common or maybe even realistic, but if thinking a husband and wife should respect each other enough to stay single is “quaint,” I’m not ashamed to be quaint.

      • megsie says:

        Absolutely. This is an entirely different world they live in. Middle class values are nowhere to be seen. Monogamy is considered bourgeoisie. Celebs are ‘special’, part of the lower nobility, and they live differently than the common folk. We forget that their lifestyle, and the opportunities that come with it, are not what the average person experiences. As Chris Rock observed, “You’re only as faithful as your options.”

      • maybeiamcrazy says:

        @Faye if open relationship is accepted by both sides, there is nothing disrespectful about it.

        Celebrity couples spend so much time away from each other. They are probably more tolerant to straying because of it.

      • Faye says:

        @Megsie, plenty of people in the bourgeoise class cheat as well! It’s hardly uncommon or rarefied behavior. And I don’t agree with Chris Rock -he’s basically taking free choice out of the equation. Just because temptation is there doesn’t mean you have to take it. My issue with some of these statements is that it makes it sound as if it’s impossible to be faithful just because you’re a celeb.

        I guess if a relationship is truly mutually open, that is respectful. But the ones I’ve read about seem as if one party wants to cheat, and the other goes along with it because they don’t want a divorce. Obviously this is all hearsay in Bey and Jay’s case since they’ve never spoken about it.

      • megsie says:

        Obviously lower classes cheat – point is we tend to turn our noses up at infidelity. The majority of us strive for monogamy, or at least give it lip service. Just look around this board. As you climb the ladder, you’ll find less of that. These are people who genuinely believe they’re special. Even those born in common circumstances believe they are inherently ‘better’, they were chosen, their greater worth gained them entry into the higher echelons. There are lots of us, not too many of them, so it’s a reasonable enough assumption on their part. So the question isn’t if it’s impossible to be faithful if you’re a celeb, the question is why would you bother? It’s gauche, peasant morality. Of course it goes without saying there are exceptions on both sides of the fence.

    • lw says:

      Yep, I definitely believe there is an open relationship. Jay snatched Bey up when she was still so young. I am sure they both have side pieces and probably always have. But I think most celebs at that level of fame have open marriages. How could they not?

  14. Selena says:

    I can’t see Queen B leaving him so soon after KK’s wedding. She wouldn’t want those bitches to win!

  15. aenflex says:

    I still stand by the very real possibility that she has her own side-pieces as well. I feel no pity for either of them. Jay-Z is a talented rapper, so at least he’s got that going for him. But I’ve never heard a Beyonce song that seemed to eke talent, IMO. Not since the Destiny’s Child days, anyhow.

  16. The Original G says:

    It’s a show right?

  17. AlmondJoy says:

    If you’ve ever been to a Beyonce concert, you know that she usually changes the song to reflect the number of years they’ve been together. The only reason it’s being discussed this time is because of all the rumors that have been surrounding them and the whole elevator disaster.

  18. Sarah says:

    she will use every little thing to stay in the news. they will never divorce unless one is caught very publicly. its all about the image. i doubt anyone of them is hurt when the other one is sleeping with someone else. only if they put the brand in danger. therefore its not really cheating.
    its like in times long gone, when the king and queen had lovers, they were only hurt when it was public knowledge, furious that people knew, not about the actual act.

  19. Liz says:

    Solange is such a crazy oddball. I believe she would assault JZ over a stupid reason.

    I believe those two have an open relationship.

  20. pnichols says:

    yah sing about it, that will make it go away. Please. Now she’s at the point of pimpin herself out to make money. These two are pathetic. Great role model for your daughter.

  21. msmecury says:

    This is just Bey being her usually Stunt Queen self. I mean if they get divorced it will be very boring. And done quietly.

  22. Nev says:

    People get on Madonna for her young man dalliances and don’t care attitude but I will take that from my pop divas instead of smoke and mirrors and stunts like this. They are open obviously and always jumping to divert attention etc. At least Madonna’s real.

  23. kat says:

    Have you heard the song? I personally feel that for B to get in the zone and give what she considers a good performance she has to make it personal, regardless of whether its “true” or not.

  24. Sylvia says:

    Who really cares about these two…..Their marriage is a fraud as her having a baby is a fraud. They will do anything just to make them the power couple as they are being called.

  25. jenniferjustice says:

    Am I the only one who finds the idea of putting your marital dirt out there for money really skeevy on a character level and totally disrespectful to to the sanctity of marriage? And if its a lie or she really doesn’t care, how much grosser that is? Seriously her selling her soul for the almighty dollar has reached a new low IMO.

    • Candy Love says:

      No your not alone ether way it’s such a Z lister thing to do. I thought they were better then this but I guess not.

  26. AlmondJoy says:

    Thank you! I posted the same thing above, but people love to make something out of nothing, so you won’t get many responses. Lol!

  27. nony says:

    I don’t get why people wanna seperate this power couple

  28. Jag says:

    Just giving yet another PR explanation about why her sister went off on him in the elevator, without having to actually say anything. They certainly plan most everything, don’t they?

  29. TheRealFacts says:

    Its the illuminity. Or however you spell it…lol