Fashion designer Rachel Roy has been targeted by angry Beyoncé fans online over the weekend, after speculation mounted that she’d been involved with the singer’s husband Jay Z. Fans of Beyoncé – known collectively as the Beyhive – trolled the designer’s instagram accounts and changed her Wikipedia entry, calling her a homewrecker.
The furore started when Beyoncé released her explosive visual album Lemonade, which has highly personal lyrics hinting at infidelity within her marriage with Jay Z. “He only want me when I’m not there. He better call Becky with the good hair,” she sang, sparking immediate speculation about who she was referring to.
Shortly after Lemonade was released, Roy posted an image on 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.”
Roy was first rumoured to have been involved with Jay-Z in 2014. Gossip site TMZ leaked security camera footage of Jay-Z being kicked and slapped by Solange Knowles in a lift at the Standard Hotel, while Beyoncé stood by silent. Roy, the ex-wife of Jay Z’s former business partner Damon Dash, was swiftly cited as being the reason why Solange attacked her brother-in-law.
The designer’s reference to ‘Good Hair’ reignited these rumours, leading to Beyoncé fans swarming her instagram account with bee and lemon emojis. Whether Roy is the mystery woman or not, the designer faced such abuse she deleted the post and make her Instagram account private. The designer then addressed the speculation directly on Sunday afternoon, calling out fans for “bullying” her. She wrote on Twitter:
Beyoncé is staying silent on the fallout for now. But with dramatic fashion from Roberto Cavalli, Hood by Air, Yeezy and more and powerful lyrics that she must have known would be endlessly analysed, Beyoncé has once again proved she’s not a woman to mess with.