When Beyonce released her visual album LEMONADE on HBO in April, rumors of Jay Z’s infidelity flew when the Houston songstress crooned, “He only want me when I’m not there / He better call Becky with the good hair,” at the end of the album’s cut, “Sorry.”
The Beyhive put their faux investigative skills to work and suddenly former Roc Nation artist Rita Ora and Rachel Roy (the ex-wife of Jay’s former business partner Dame Dash) became targets of The Hive’s pernicious bee stings. Celebrity chef Rachel Ray — whose name is obviously similar to Roy’s — became a casualty in the crossfire as all three of the accused became victims of Beyonce’s over-protective and relentless Stans on social media and in real life.
Roy made a call to the police after she suspected a ruthless member of the Beyhive hacked her iCloud, Gmail and changed her phone number without her knowledge. Those actions have now lead to an investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department and to Roy releasing a statement saying that no, she is not the “Becky with the good hair” mentioned in the song.
The gag is, the song wasn’t actually written by Beyonce.
It was penned by singer-songwriter Wynter Gordon, who now goes by Diana Gordon. She divulged her thoughts about people’s reaction to the line in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“I laughed. Like this is so silly,” Gordon says of the controversy the lyric inspired. “Where are we living? I was like, ‘What day in age from that lyric do you get all of this information? Is it really telling you all that much, accusing people?’”
“The idea started in my mind but it’s not mine anymore,” she continues. “It was very funny and amusing to me to watch it spread over the world. If it’s not going to be me saying it, and the one person in the world who can say it is Beyonce, I was fucking happy. With Beyonce, I feel like the songs we worked on were specifically for her.”
The songwriter noted that the process in which she and the Grammy-winning singer collaborated on her songs resonated with Bey, which she earnestly tailored to her own personal experiences. Gordon also penned the LEMONADE cut “Daddy Lessons,” which inevitably forced her dad, Mathew Knowles, to release his own public statement defending his relationship with his daughter.
Shame. All those lemon and bee emojis for nothing.