In Hollywood, relationships come and relationships go. All too often, couples simply don’t stand the test of time — or the increased scrutiny and added temptation that comes with fame. Then there is Beyoncé and Jay-Z. On April 4, music’s reigning queen and king celebrated 12 years of marriage. And a cursory glance at this past decade proves they’re in it for the long haul.
Have the past 10 years been perfect? No. Actually, far from it. But that’s precisely what makes Bey and Jay such an incredible couple. In addition to the good stuff — showing up for each other, taking the stage together and more — they’ve weathered a few harrowing storms in their relationship and come out on the other side. Remember that infamous Met Gala debacle involving Bey’s sister Solange? How about the couple’s candid confessions in recent years regarding Jay’s alleged infidelity?
Beyoncé and Jay-Z are far from perfect (and c’mon, no couple is), but they are real. And honest. And, it goes without saying, a beautiful couple raising beautiful children together in an industry that doesn’t exactly nurture family over fame.
So, in celebration of this incredible duo and another year together, let’s take a look at some of their biggest moments — both good and bad — over the last decade.