Inside the marriage of Beyoncé and Jay-Z, who sport matching ring finger tattoos, weathered a cheating scandal, and are worth over $1 billion

Beyoncé and Jay Z are music industry titans who’ve been married since 2008.

• The couple’s net worth is estimated to be about $US1.16 billion.

• The pair now have three children: Blue Ivy, and twins Rumi and Sir.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z have united to collaborate on DJ Khaled’s latest track “Top Off,” along with Future.

They have been a match made in musical heaven ever since they first collaborated on the song “’03 Bonnie & Clyde” back in 2002.

Tabloids were quick to speculate whether or not the duo had more than a professional relationship. But even after they tied the knot in 2008, the couple has largely kept quiet about their romance.

But that doesn’t mean it’s always been smooth sailing for the “Crazy in Love” couple.

In an interview with New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet, Jay-Z opened up about his infidelity, which Beyoncé alluded to in her acclaimed visual album Lemonade.

“You shut down all emotions,” the rapper told Baquet. “So even with women, you gonna shut down emotionally, so you can’t connect… In my case, like it’s, it’s deep. And then all the things happen from there: infidelity.”

Jay-Z went on to reveal the couple used their craft “like a therapy session,” making music together in order to heal. The sessions ultimately resulted in reconciliation, along with Lemonade and Jay-Z’s album 4:44.

Here’s a look back on the relationship of Jay-Z and Beyoncé:

While “’03 Bonnie & Clyde” dropped in 2002, Vulture reported the couple might have initially met as early as 1997.

Source: Vulture

The pair graced the red carpet together for the first time at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards. Still, they stayed mum about their relationship.

Source: Vulture

Beyoncé later told Essence the couple both decided they didn’t want their romance to be in the spotlight: “What Jay and I have is real. It’s not about interviews or getting the right photo op. It’s real.”

Source: Essence,Vulture

They wed in Jay-Z’s apartment in Manhattan on April 4, 2008. The date — 4/4 — held special significance for both Beyoncé and Jay-Z, who were each born on the fourth of the month. Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Lawson, designed her gown.

Source: Vulture, Vanity Fair

The pair got matching tattoos on their ring fingers of the Roman numeral IV.

Source: Vulture
, Refinery 29

Over the course of their relationship, Beyoncé and Jay-Z established couple friends, like rocker Chris Martin and actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who have since split. “They’re very kind, generous, good, good people,” Paltrow told Ellen DeGeneres

Source: Vulture

The couple also founded dual charitable organisations. Beyoncé’s BeyGood Foundation has raised funds for everything from disaster relief to global gender equality, while Jay-Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation provides scholarships to disadvantaged young people.

Source: Essence
, BeyGood, Shawn Carter Foundation

They have both continued to dominate the charts. Forbes estimates Jay-Z has a net worth of $US810 million, while Beyoncé is worth $US350 million.

Source: Vulture, Forbes, Forbes

The couple performed “Love on Top” during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. Beyoncé revealed she was pregnant during the performance, and gave birth to daughter Blue Ivy Carter in January 2012. That same year, four years after they were married, Jay Z and Beyoncé renewed their vows in a private ceremony.

Source: Vulture
,The Daily Mail

Beyonce discussed her marriage in an interview with Oprah, saying “I would not be the woman I am if I did not go home to that man. It gives me such a foundation.” She also opened up about having a miscarriage, adding, “It was the saddest thing I’ve ever been through.”

Source: Vulture
,The Hollywood Reporter
, US Magazine

But speculation about their marriage ramped up when Beyoncé’s sister Solange was videotaped striking Jay-Z in an elevator at the Standard Hotel in New York City in 2014.

Source: Business Insider

Rumours began to spread throughout the tabloids about Jay-Z cheating on his wife. Beyoncé’s Lemonade, released in April 2016, seemed to allude to her husband’s infidelity, as well.

Source: Cosmopolitan

Jay-Z told The New York Times that therapy had helped the couple repair their marriage in the wake of his cheating.

Source: The New York Times

The couple acquired two major pieces of property in 2017: an $US88 million Los Angeles estate, as well as an escape in the Hamptons for $US26 million.

Source: Business Insider

The couple also expanded their family, welcoming new twins, Rumi and Sir Carter in June.

Source: Vanity Fair, Business Insider

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