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Beyoncé and Jay Z

They Like the Number 4

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Beyonce and Jay-Z in 2011.

Recording artists Jay-Z and Beyonce watch the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 12, 2011 in New York City.

Photo: Matthew Stockman / Getty Images

Although Beyoncé and Jay Z had a secret wedding that the media was not aware of at the time, they didn't have a secret marriage because family and friends attended their wedding.

Fast Marriage Facts - Jay Z and Beyoncé
Met: Abt. 2002.
Married: April 4, 2008.
First Marriage: Yes.
 

Did You Know?
The number 4 is important to the couple. Beyoncé was born on September 4, Jay Z was born on December 4, and they were married on April 4.

Born:

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles: September 4, 1981 in Houston, Texas.

Jay Z aka Shawn Corey Carter: December 4, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York.

When Jay Z and Beyoncé Met:

Beyoncé and Jay Z were friends before getting married. News reports show that the couple were dating for six years before getting married.

Kourtney Jason: "Beyonce revealed the two were friends who shared many phone conversations for over a year before they started dating."
Source: Kourtney Jason. "Hollywood Husbands: The 10 Best Spouses in Tinseltown." HuffingtonPost.com. 4/17/2013.

Wedding Date:

Although not known until late April 2008, Beyoncé and Jay Z were married on April 4, 2008 in New York City in a secret ceremony with about 40 guests. The wedding was held in Jay Z's 13,500-sq-ft. penthouse.

"The couple applied for the license just three days before the ceremony attended by friends and family, including Beyoncé's mother Tina Knowles, her father/manager Mathew, her sister Solange, her Destiny's Child pals Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, and the couple's friend Gwyneth Paltrow."
Source: "Beyoncé & Jay-Z File Signed Marriage License." People.com. 4/22/2008.
Michelle Tauber: "The vows were a streamlined affair, with no maid of honor and no best man. Beyoncé wore a voluminous white gown, while Jay-Z suited up in a black tux ... a white tent was erected in the basketball-court-size living room ... 70,000 white dendrobium orchids [were] flown in from Thailand."
Source: Michelle Tauber. "Beyoncé and Jay-Z Married!" People.com. 4/21/2008.

Children:

Beyonce and Jay Z announced in September 2012 they are expecting their second child. 

Jay Z: "The most amazing feeling I feel, Words can't describe what a feeling, for real, Baby I'll paint the sky blue, My greatest creation was you."
Source: "Glory." 1/2012.

Residences:

Beyoncé and Jay Z are reported to have homes in New York, Miami, and London, England.

Occupations:

Beyonce: Singer, actress, model, record producer, choreographer, entrepreneur, dancer, songwriter.

Jay Z: Rapper, actor, producer, part owner of Nets basketball team.

Jay Z and Beyonce are often referred to as the highest-earning couple in the entertrainment industry.

Zack O'Malley Greenburg: "The value of synergy isn’t lost on the lovebirds. Both make note of it in Beyoncé’s 2006 song “Upgrade U.” At one point, she outlines how she’ll help him earn more money: “I’ma help you build your account,” she says. “When you’re in the big meetings for the mil[ions], you take me in just to complement the deal / Anything you cop I split the bill. Believe me, I can upgrade you.”
Source: Zack O'Malley Greenburg. "Jay-Z and Beyonce: Marriage or Merger?" Forbes.com. 6/07/2011.

Quotes About the Marriage of Jay Z and Beyoncé:

Beyoncé: "When I gave birth, that was the first time I truly let go and surrendered. And it taught me how amazing that feels ... Giving birth made me realize the power of being a woman. I have so much more substance in my life. And expressing that excitement and that sensuality and the connection I have with my husband—I'm a lot more comfortable with that now. I actually feel like my child introduced me to myself."
Source: Amy Wallace. "The Beyoncé Outtakes." GQ.com. 1/22/2013.

Beyoncé: "I was independent before I met my husband, and we have such a natural chemistry and a genuine relationship, and it's based on the things that relationships are supposed to be based on. I've seen, growing up, when a woman or a man in a relationship -— it doesn't matter which one -— doesn't feel confident, they feel a bit trapped. Your self-worth is determined by you. You don't have to depend on someone telling you who you are."
Source: Amy Wallace. "The Beyoncé Outtakes." GQ.com. 1/22/2013.

Beyoncé: "What Jay and I have is real. It's not about interviews or getting the right photo op. It's real."
Source: Marisa Laudadio. "Beyoncé Finally Opens Up About Secret Wedding." People.com. 10/08/2008.

Jay Z: "We don't play with our relationship."
Source: Michelle Tauber. "The Good Life." People.com. 10/25/2004.

 

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