A recent poll recently placed Beyonce alongside The Beatles and Elvis Presley as one of America's favorite musicians, and if those results are accurate, then Bey certainly received votes for her talent, not her authenticity.
From fake songwriting credits to publicity stunts and even flat-out lies, King Bey has never been known for her honesty. She's been called out numerous times over the years by various songwriters, producers, and industry folk, but when your own father publicly calls your bluff, you know you're in trouble.
In a new interview, Mathew Knowles --Bey's dad, former manager, and the original mastermind behind her and Destiny's Child's careers-- said that he thinks Solange and Jay-Z's infamous elevator fight was staged to drum up publicity for Bey and Jay's On The Run tour.
Why does he think this, you ask? Because he used to do this stuff all the time back when he managed her!
"I know, because we've done this, from experience, that there's a tour going on, so you have to sometimes ignite that tour," he said. "It's called a Jedi mind trick. The Jedi mind trick fools you a lot of times, so things you see sometimes are... [makes a magic trick sound]."
"All I know is the Jedi mind trick," he said when asked if he knew for sure that the fight was being recorded. "Everybody's talking about it. Ticket sales went up. Solange's album sales went up 200%."
Although Mathew wasn't managing Beyonce at the time of the elevator incident, his suspicions certainly aren't unfounded. First of all, how did the security footage even leak to the press in the first place? Celebrities get up to all kinds of crazy things behind closed doors, but 97% of the time we never see any hard evidence of it.
Then there was the fact that the couple remained silent after the elevator brawl went down, except, of course, almost a month later when Beyonce kept the scandal going by changing the lyrics in her song, "Resentment," during the On The Run tour to imply that Jay-Z had been unfaithful. They then kept quiet until this weekend's MTV VMAs --the mecca of celebrity publicity stunts-- where the couple played happy families and paraded baby Blue Ivy around in front of the press.
Meanwhile, earlier this month, top celebrity publicist Jonathan Hay told Billboard that he believed the divorce rumors were all staged because of the specific timing of the events -- which included Bey and Jay dropping their On The Run tour trailer right after the elevator video leaked. Hay also says that he was previously hired to start affair rumors between Rihanna and Jay-Z back in 2005 to promote Riri's first single, "Pon de Replay."
This is pretty disappointing coming from America's golden couple, but then again, did anybody really expect anything else from Beyonce? She's been playing us for years, and considering that her popularity only seems to grow by the day, she'll probably keep on doing it until she retires in Beverly Hills with her fifty trillion dollar fortune.