Is Rachel Roy ‘Becky With the Good Hair?’ Designer Responds to Rumors
UPDATE (4/26): Rachel Roy has officially addressed the controversy surrounding her ongoing"Becky with the good hair" drama. Releasing a statement to PEOPLE, Roy denied that she is the mystery women referenced in Beyonce's song, "Sorry."
"I want to put the speculation and rumors to rest," the designer said. "My Instagram post was meant to be fun and lighthearted, it was misunderstood as something other than that. There is no validity to the idea that the song references me personally. There is no truth to the rumors."
In addition, Roy added that the "real issue" that the media should be focusing on is "cyber bullying, and how it should not be tolerated by anyone."
UPDATE (4/25): Roy canceled a Monday public appearance due to a "personal emergency," Buzzfeed News reports. The designer was set to speak at a New York City event called “Mastering Your Métier” in New York City. No official word on whether it's related to a fear of, um, bees.
On Sunday, Roy seemingly acknowledged the controversy surrounding her comment about "good hair" on Instagram. At 12:51PM on April 24, she tweeted, "I respect love, marriages, families and strength. What shouldn't be tolerated by anyone, no matter what, is bullying, of any kind."
It's unclear whether Roy may be referring to Beyonce's "Sorry" lyric or the plethora of hate messages she's received online since initially posting to Instagram on April 23. See the tweet below:
Ever since Beyonce's Lemonade debuted on HBO last Saturday (April 24), people have been wondering: Who the hell is Becky With the Good Hair? The question is in reference to a lyric the artist sings on the track "Sorry," during the video's act for the theme of apathy. While slamming her lover for cheating on her ("Middle fingers up / Tell 'em boy bye, boy bye"), she turns her attention to the other woman: "He better call Becky with the good hair."
So who is the mystery woman alluded to on the song? According to Daily Beast, it may be Rachel Roy, who seems to have outed herself on Instagram following the premiere of Lemonade. Posting a hazy photo of herself and a girlfriend smiling and laughing while holding up a light, the fashion designer — not to be confused with Rachael Ray, the Food Network star and TV personality — wrote in her caption, "Good hair don’t care, but we will take good lighting, for selfies, or self truths, always. live in the light #nodramaqueens."
The cryptic references to both "good hair" and "self truths" are, of course, very curiously timed considering the content of Beyonce's visual album. So could Roy really be the woman known as Becky?
Back in May 2014, when security footage of Beyonce's sister Solange Knowles attacking Jay Z in an elevator leaked, many people speculated that cheating was the cause of Knowles' rage. The rumors were fueled when the tabloids turned to Roy, who happens to be the ex-wife of Jay Z's former partner Damon Dash. Reports surfaced that Knowles had been fighting with both the designer and the rapper, and that she was uncomfortable with the close relationship between the two.
After posting to Instagram, Roy's page became inundated with comments (some quite vicious) and questions, and she has since made her account private. Of course, it's still unknown whether or not the designer is really the woman Beyonce is referring to on Lemonade. The caption could, after all, just be serendipitously ill-timed.
Either way, the Bey Hive is already on the attack:
"Ashes to ashes, dust to side-chicks," as Beyonce would say.
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