Beyoncé began "Halo," the closing number of her first Formation World Tour concert yesterday, with a message. "I want to dedicate this song to my beautiful husband," she told Jay Z, very publicly shutting down divorce rumors, post-Lemonade. "I love you so much!"
She then shared a couple of backstage photos on her site—and people are homing in on one, where Bey appears not to be wearing her wedding band. Jay Z was photographed at the show without his band, too.
Is there a message being sent, since it's their first post-Lemonade appearance? People are wondering if Bey and Jay actually *are* in trouble? Jay Z and Beyoncé do have matching "IV"s tattooed in their ring fingers—an important number to the two as both their birthdays fall on the fourth. But E! notes Bey's is fading; the singer was first rumored to be removing hers after she posted a photo with a Band-Aid over it in 2014. What does it all mean?
Officially nothing. There are many reasons someone may not wear his or her wedding band‚ especially during a physically strenuous, 30-plus song concert. Not all signal a separation or divorce, particularly when that person says "I love you" to her husband on stage. (And the same logic applies to Jay Z, even though he wasn't performing.)
To let a missing ring make a statement about Jay Z and Bey's relationship is unfair. Beyoncé just bared her soul to the world in Lemonade—and on stage in Miami, after all. She shouldn't need to wear a wedding band to confirm her marriage is fine; her words should be enough. Let's let our Queen Bey live.
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