Rachel Roy releases exclusive statement: ‘There is no truth to the rumors’


Rachel Roy was getting slammed for days because she had the audacity to post this ^^ now-deleted Instagram with the caption “Good hair don’t care, but we will take good lighting, for selfies, or self truths, always… Live in the light #nodramaqueens.” It seemed especially pointed because Roy posted that Instagram the same night that Beyonce dropped her Lemonade, which memorably featured the lyric “You better call Becky with the good hair.” The Beyhive has been attacking Roy ever since, convinced that she is THE Becky in question, or one of several prominent Beckys. Now, in an exclusive statement to People Magazine, Roy is trying to do some damage control. And she’s asking for the Beyhive to STAHP.

Rachel Roy is finally addressing those “Becky with the good hair” rumors. In a statement released exclusively to PEOPLE, the celeb-favorite fashion designer denied that she is the woman at the center of the Jay Z cheating rumors – which were sparked by Beyoncé’s new album Lemonade. Roy is speaking out after three days of intense speculation that began with a now-deleted Instagram post.

“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 said. “There is no validity to the idea that the song references me personally. There is no truth to the rumors.”

Roy, 42, continued: “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,” she said.

[From People]

Does this read as angry to anyone else? Because I’m getting “anger” – anger that Beyonce won’t or can’t shut down her fanbase, anger that Beyonce even dared to call out the side pieces, anger that her daughter is being brought into it. And you know I love to parse official statements, and I think this one was carefully written: “There is no validity to the idea that the song references me personally. There is no truth to the rumors.” Listen to what she is NOT saying. She is not saying she never had any dealings with Jay-Z in a sexual way. She’s just saying that Beyonce wasn’t referencing her in the music. And really… how does she know that?



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  1. QQ says:

    …the rumors that YOU confirmed for attention? Which backfired? SIS please stop!, what’s next Hiring Gloria Allred to Sue Beyonce for something she didnt explicitly say?

    • Talie says:

      That’s my feeling. People keep saying why aren’t people going after Jay-Z like this…um, who told Rachel to post anything?! She must be out of her mind.

      No one would’ve said a word if she didn’t.

    • Size Does Matter says:

      Yeah, she’s going to make it worse. If she meant “It was just a coincidence that I posted about good hair at the same time Beyoncé released Lemonade. I am not Becky with the good hair and I have never been involved with Jay Z,” then she could have said that instead of her carefully worded “denial.” Unless she’s getting paid, why invite this mess?

      • drnotknowitall says:

        yeah, it was just “fun” she said. so are we to understand that so long as her mean girl club were making fun of B for being cheated on, that was okay. but now that she is being shamed for it, suddenly it is not okay? yeah, she needs to sit down.

    • Littlebowbee says:

      Yessss. All this! ^^^^^

    • Naya says:

      This woman is stupid. Her post wasnt subtle enough to allow for deniability. I mean who refers to themselves and their blond buddy as “good hair”. Good hair in relation to who/what? This is very distinctly black woman vernacular, so either she is a narcissist racist flaunting her straight hair as “good” OR she was addressing a black woman. And whats the “nodramaqueen” hashtag about?

      Crafting a deniable shady post requires subtlety and strategy. This side chick failed at both.

    • Mgsota says:

      Her Instagram is public again. And all I see are lemons and bees.

      She is obviously loving this attention or she would have stayed private for more than 24 hours.

    • Erica_V says:

      Yes 100%! She knew exactly what she was doing – she just wasn’t ready for the Hive.

  2. Birdix says:

    any thirsty acquaintance of Jay with access to lemons and/or hair styling products knows how to get their 15 min this week….

  3. ldub says:

    That photo at the bottom of jay looking scared as bey is behind him in the cut with the shades is funny as hell if apropo for this whole situation.

  4. The Eternal Side-Eye says:

    You know why Beyonce isn’t speaking up?

    Because Beyonce already released her message, told her story, and said it clearly.

    She has no interest in playing PR and issuing apologetic statements and you know what? She didn’t do that with Formation either and that was when SHE was getting death threats. When Police Groups were PUBLICLY releasing statements saying they refused to protect her or provide security. When people were accusing her of creating a COP-KILLER anthem.

    Beyonce didn’t run to her PR person and say, “Please let them know my song wasn’t intended to bash the police.” because it CLEARLY wasn’t. That was what some people chose to obsess with but that wasn’t her message, so folks can miss me with expecting her to rush out and fix a mess that isn’t her creation from people distorting her message yet again.

    Lemonade is an anthology of songs and experiences from the perspective of black women. It features notable black female celebrities many of whom were bashed because of their race. Women outright told their on screen deaths didn’t matter because they were black. That their names were too hard to pronounce so why bother. That their hair reminded others of weed or that their bodies were manly and grotesque. That their son’s deaths were their own fault for daring to be black and have disposable lives. Beyonce got all those women together and dressed them like Queens and put a spotlight on them when NO ONE else would put that many AA women into anything together.

    • CornyBlue says:

      Yes. Beyonce has never been one to play the press or engage in war of words with the press. She said all she needed to say in that 1 hr and she will say it again when she choses to, not when some other damn person forces her to and that is amazing

    • AlmondJoy says:

      Stop with your truth speaking, Eternal. People can’t handle it.

      • aims says:

        I agree. A lot of women who’ve been betrayed lose their minds and tell their girlfriends or whatever. Too bad for Jay-Z that his wife has a really big microphone and crazy fans. She’s addressed it and dealt with it her way. I don’t blame her at all. She was every right to be angry and the parties who’ve wronged her should run with their tail between their legs.

        What happens next is their business. If they want to work it out, great, it is possible. If they break up, that’s fine too. Nobody has the right to tell the betrayed how to handle their feelings, because people are different.

        I also am impressed by her giving a voice for those who’ve suffered at the hands of police violence. This beyonce is a deeper person. It’s nice to see.

    • CharlotteCharlotte says:

      Just…. Applause.

      And mic drop.

    • AnnieRUOk says:

      What a beautiful analysis. I felt nothing for the old Beyonce, singing pop hits, rolling around on the floor, like a sexy fish. The woman we see standing before us now is listening to the pain of many Americans.
      I don’t feel anything in popular rap/hip hop anymore, just synthetic music, greed, and lust.
      Some of the best artists can hold a mirror to their community, their audience, acknowleding their experiences experiences without bs and pretention, and exude a sense of hope and direction. I never thought I’d have positive things to say about her, but I’m pleasantly surprised.

    • lizzie says:


    • Zapuff says:

      bey is in it for the money. she hit every point she knew would sell that album and boost Tidal. she has been sitting on it for a while. bey is a shrewd and very smart PR and businesswoman and knows how to manipulate the public and the beyhive. I admire her for her skill and wish her lots of success. she nailed it.

      • Naya says:

        Actually she is taking a major gamble that her white suburban dwelling fans will stick with her. Dont forget her first single off this album is filled with lyrics that a white girl cant even sing along to without looking stupid. The themes and the imagery on the visual album are aimed at black women. And Conservative media is already warning their readers against this album. Breitbart is calling it “feminist black lives matter propaganda”.

        I doubt this album has a high sales projection. But thats ok, she has nothing left to prove as a pop star, she is now focused on being an artist.

    • Lucy says:

      I mean, I am not a fan of every single thing she says or does, but…I’ve got nothing here. Absolute mic drop.

    • The Eternal Side-Eye says:

      Piers Mogan was acting the fool, as he so often does but I found this reply to him to be so beautiful and thoughtful:


  5. daisyfly says:

    No one should attack children, no matter what the reason, who their parents are, or how insipidly obtuse the attacker is.

    That aside, she could have said that she didn’t have an affair with Jay-Z. She could have made it clear with eight words. Instead she trolled Instagram, martyred herself, and is now using semantics to try and weasel herself out of a sticky situation that she might have helped create. I pity her children.

    • lucy2 says:

      Agreed – leave kids alone, and don’t threaten anyone. But also don’t throw yourself into the middle of this and then complain about the attention.

  6. CornyBlue says:

    See I do feel kind of bad for this girl if her intention was not attention whoring. There is no way she is the only side chick but is taking the major hit for this.

  7. Bridget says:

    If you don’t want people to think it’s you, don’t not-so-obliquely say that it’s you. It sadly backfired.

    Can I admit that Ms. Roy irks me?

  8. Tifygodess24 says:

    Give me a break. She is as attention seeking as the Kardashians. Sit down Rachel. Look at her history (social and personal) she has been up to more than just this post.

    • OhDear says:

      She didn’t have to say anything but she did. And now she’s trying to play the victim to get more attention and sympathy.

  9. Amanda says:

    Why would Beyoncé speak up? She’s selling records and Tidal subscriptions! Maybe after the initial excitement (and rush of sales) dies down then she’ll say something. Who knows.

    • Naya says:

      Beyonce rarely addresses gossip directly. I can only think of one incident when she addressed gossip headon; the elevator incident and that seems to have been to protect her sister. Even then it was a simple joint statement and after that any reference has been through her music. If she hasnt spoken up to defend herself against the many attacks she has faced over the past few years, why would you expect her to intervene to extract this woman from the mess she created for herself?

      Besides, if Beyonce was going to speak, it should be on the threats and insults she faces for embracing BLM and not for a former friend who slept with her husband and outed herself while publicly mocking the wifes catharsis.

  10. Littlebowbee says:

    Who was talking about Rachel Roy… Ever. She obvs did this on purpose. The use of B’s lyrics and all. Now she ‘CANNOT BELIEVE’ B’s Batsh*t fans are after her…. Sit down girl.
    All these people need to lay off their keyboards.

  11. PHAKSI says:

    Id feel sorry for her if she wasn’t so thirsty

  12. Harryg says:

    This whole thing is bizarre and everyone involved seems nuts.

  13. GreenieWeenie says:

    She should’ve kept her eyebrows thinner. I really don’t think the thicker brows work for her. They make her eyes look smaller or something. Just doesn’t suit her.

  14. burnsie says:

    Idk, I think saying that there’s no truth to the rumors is the functional equivalent to saying she didn’t do it. Lots of people getting caught up in semantics here

    • Colette says:

      It would be just as easy to say “I have never had a sexual relationship with that man,Mr Sean Carter”.She could have released that statement Sunday.

  15. Anon says:

    So many thoughts.

    1. Don’t poke a bear with a “coy” insta post and then play victim when it comes charging after you
    2. She definitely did NOT deny that she had activities with Jay-Z
    3. I don’t condone bullying, but this wasn’t about bullying. This was about infidelity. Do you condone that, Becky?

    • Zapuff says:

      becky didn’t make any vows. she was not the cheater just a thirsty awful person. everyone hating on the wrong person. jayZ should get the brunt of this hate, not the side pieces. yet he is making money with increased tidal subs through this successful PR gimmick

      • Anon says:

        I agree that Jay Z should be getting PLENTY of hate, but I 100% disagree about the vows. It takes two. You cannot respect someones marriage (as she claimed in her first “LEAVE ME ALONE” statement) and be the other woman at the same time. Rachel brought this on herself when she posted that dumb comment on instagram and then tried to play coy and change the conversation to make it an issue of “bullying.”

        My friend is having an affair with a married man and she tells herself SHE isn’t doing anything wrong because SHE isn’t married. Keep telling yourself that girl.

  16. MrsK says:

    She’s in high school, right? Because that’s the only thing that can explain this.

  17. Nancy says:

    I don’t understand the hive. They will go after anyone they deem wronged their queen. So maybe Beyoncé doesn’t care that innocent people are getting attacked, Rachel Ray for example. I don’t know what she could do to stop the hate, but her silence speaks volumes. These stans should go after the real culprit, Jay Z. I guess this is selling her album but at what price. Juvenile…

    • Zapuff says:

      bey is making bank. why should she care? this is amazing free publicity! bey is no activist. this video was never about the message. otherwise why keep playing the PR game. the people trying to turn bey into the second coming are a bit cray.

      • Nancy says:

        Zapuff: Yip. It’s always about the green. To some extent she is an activist. She made her point at the Superbowl. She has to give her messages performing, because she has a hard time articulating her words. Did you ever see her in an interview. She should sing her answers. Yeah, she’s not the second coming, just to the hive.

      • Amanda says:

        Yup. She’s making that money.

    • drnotknowitall says:

      Normally I think they are a bunch of lonely people with no life who want to protect the object of their devotion. I find them childish and annoying. But this woman has forced me into the position of having to defend them. SMH

      Again, threats against her daughter are totally unacceptable. Threats against her, are totally unacceptable. But humiliating her for being not only a side piece, but also one that publicly taunts the person she has caused so much pain to? I say go for it hive. Sting – just don’t attack.

  18. Jean Grey says:

    So are we all ok with the term “Becky” now? Cuz for as long as I have known the term, I have known it to be an urban term used to condescendingly describe a white girl. And I sure would be offended if all of a sudden a term like “Guadalupe” started being thrown around to describe all Latina’s. Feel me?

    • Zapuff says:

      yeah no kidding

      • Amanda says:

        “Becky” originally came about as slang for a BJ (oral sex). It evolved into slang for a white girl bc, supposedly, white girls are more likely to give BJs than black girls.

        As a woman, I think it’s a lame and offensive term. That being said, I don’t spend much time thinking about this kind of stuff and ehhhh Im not up in arms over it.

        If some dude called me that in real life though, it would be different.

    • Miss Grace Jones says:

      I’m cackling at the thought of white women seriously trying to hold ‘becky’ up as a racial slur and being this oblivious. CACKLING.

      • Zapuff says:

        black men and women are not the only ones who have racial slurs that hurt deeply. I won’t make fun of yours if you don’t make fun of mine. (FYI I’m not white).

      • Jean Grey says:

        Because it’s ok to be condescending to whites? Because they all deserve it and have only been taking it because of white guilt? I’m not white, but terms like that are just as tacky as calling Asians a stereotypical name like “Chun Li”, an Arab a “Habibi” a Latina a “Consuelo” etc. Terms I have all heard btw and find them equally offensive and tacky in all aspects.

      • Miss Grace Jones says:

        When was the last time someone had a job application passed over for being a Becky. When was the last time someone had their child murdered and had it justified by her being a Becky. When was the last time Becky had centuries of sustemayic and institutional racism used to devalue them at the level of the guadelupes and shaniquas of the world. Take your hurt feelings and go because they’re not on the same level and are an insult from people suffering from actual slurs. Get a grip.

      • Annie says:

        There are literally mothers holding pictures of their dead sons on the video. Young men killed for being black.
        There are several artists, young and old, representing black womenhood and its struggles. There is even Serena Williams, regarded as the best tennis player right now, who nonetheless makes less money than the blue eyed, blonde woman who she has bested many time in tennis.
        But hey, let’s make the conversation about how Becky ia really a slur for white women. Because Becky, I mean, such a strong and offensive word, right??? Who isn’t offended the second a black woman says Becky???
        This reminds me of that SNL skit, so hey, heads up, maybe this isn’t about you? Maybe this is something intended to be about black women first and foremost? You know, like 90% of media is for white people? Hope that doesn’t hurt your feelings too much.

      • Stacey says:

        get rid of the word becky. i think its tacky and ignorant to stereotype people based on race. while trying to trivialize and degrade white girls as “becky” doesnt rise to the profanity of other racial slurs, its on the spectrum none the less and we are better than that as a people.

        I’m mixed race (latina white ) and have witnessed how utterly idiotic racism is when a drunk white guy called my dark skinned 100% Mexican American father the n-word. That day I realized racial slurs are the most idiotic thing ever. Lets knock it off already

      • Jean Grey says:

        The point of my comment was to say that its tacky to streotype and generalize period. It’s condescending to blantantly call someone out that way other than their name. Doesn’t matter that you think “Becky” deserves all the condescension because of years of systematic racism. Yes, we PoC have been marginalized, disenfranchised and mistreated by the oppressor for a long time. I agree with what you stated regarding the white privileges, but two wrongs don’t make a right. I don’t go around calling random White women “Becky’s”. It’s rude. I wouldn’t go to a restaurant and address the White waitress by yelling, ‘hey Becky, can you come over and take my order”. Or describe a woman in that manner. “Oh, it was the “Becky” over there who took my order.” While it might not be racist, it sure is condescending.

    • Nancy says:

      JG: You’re preaching to the choir. I don’t know why this is being accepted so easily. A Becky just isn’t a white girl, she’s one who likes to perform bj’s. I think many older people or those not familiar with the term are just becoming aware of what is a racial slur. It is unacceptable, but she seems to do as she damn well pleases without being held accountable. She is the queen, right. Not

    • PinaColada says:

      +1 Jean gray. I’m mixed and I am really angry that term is “cool” right now. And I don’t want to get into “well they did this other thing first” bla bla. Wrong is wrong is wrong and trying to hide your bad behavior behind “well someone else said this so….” Is childish and doesn’t hold up. Do unto others and you know you’re wrong to say it. So stop.

      • Tulip Garden says:

        Amen! The simplicity of “do unto others” just doesn’t leave any wiggle room and is therefore uncomfortable for some. It really is that simple.

    • drnotknowitall says:

      I’m white and I am fine with it. Reverse racism does not exist because racism is about power. Much the same way that male pride is a joke about how sad white men are being disenfranchised by women. It simply does not apply in the context of social power.

      Racist terms are only powerful when they are used against those without power to degrade and belittle them. That is why when minorities take ownership of those terms and use them in their art or among themselves, it is not the equivalent. When a rapper says the N word in his song, he is not denigrating his people. He owns that word. White people have the power, so racial slurs against whites have no power and therefor, cannot be used as an equivalent.

  19. LAK says:

    Whether she had an affair with a married man or not, whether she was trolling or not, only a mentally unwell person thinks it’s perfectly fine to send death threats or threaten physical violence to her or her kids.

    Beyonce is living her life. Ditto this Rachel Roy. These fans need to get a life.

  20. cakecakecake says:

    hmph, Solange did not square up and throw some hands at the Met Gala for nothing Boo.

    she got into a screaming match w/Rachel, that’s how it all started “Elevator” gate.


    Rachel is a sneaky one…

  21. Starkiller says:

    Yikes, someone get her a glass of water. It’s an oddly-worded statement for sure, but I think it’s that way on purpose. She is LOVING the attention. She hasn’t had this much press in YEARS.

  22. right says:

    It’s about time to Beyonce step into this mess and let the behive know that they’re going way too far, if not for Roy, for the sake of her kid, who’s nothing to do with this. That would show some character and compassion, things she claims she has, etc
    Also, why aren’t they threatening to chop his dick off? He was the one to parade his sausage around like no one’s business, give me a break!

  23. drnotknowitall says:

    OMG, this woman is really a piece of work. Let me first say that I think going after her daughter was totally inappropriate. But this broad? I’m pretty pissed off that she has forced me to defend the beyhive and their queen B. I never thought I would be on their side, but I am.

    The worst part about being cheated on is the humiliation. It is knowing that the other woman is laughing at you and about you with the person who is supposed to be your best friend.

    She admits that she put that Instagram up for “fun.” It was no coincidence. It was all good “fun” at B’s expense. But now that she is the one everyone is having “fun” with, suddenly the joke is no longer funny. Well, I don’t think for B it was ever funny and that Instagram post was meant to be humiliating.

    She was thirsty. She wanted the attention. Now she has it. Live with your choices woman. And no, she does not deny being one of the side pieces. What a piece of work! I hope her career goes down in flames over this.

  24. Jag says:

    “There is no validity to the idea that the song references me personally. ” Because she was one of many, perhaps?

  25. Caz says:

    I don’t understand the worship of beyonce. She’s laughing at all her fans all the way to the Bank. She’s not addressing rumours directly because she would slip up, it’s basic PR 101. A lot of people are gullible.