New Book Claims Beyoncé And JAY Z Split For A Year Over Rihanna Rumors

Entertainment | 10/23/2015 | 08:00 AM EDT

While the rumors proved to be false, it seems Queen Bey wasn't taking any chances

A new unauthorized biography of Beyoncé is taking a look back at the scandalous rumored fling between JAY Z and his protégée Rihanna, which allegedly threatened the coupling of music royalty.

In "Becoming Beyoncé: The Untold Story," author J. Randy Taraborrelli writes about the highly publicized reports of a romance between the Roc Nation pair that allegedly began when Rihanna was just 17 years old.

"It was total fiction," Taraborrelli told "Entertainment Tonight." He claims a publicist concocted the story to lift Rihanna's career. 

"Beyoncé didn't know what to make of this, and it actually ended up breaking them up for a time. They spent maybe a year apart from each other because Beyoncé just wasn't sure of what to make of the situation with Rihanna."

As we now know, things worked out. Beyoncé and JAY Z married in April 2008 and welcomed their daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, in January 2012. Rihanna's career is hotter than ever, with the Bajan singer gearing up for the release of her eighth studio album, Anti.

Taraborrelli added, "It's safe to say that Rihanna and Beyoncé are friends."

"Becoming Beyoncé" hits bookshelves Oct. 27.


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