On the opening night of their collaborative world tour, the biggest couple in pop are glorious and charismatic even if the romantic story arc plays down their trauma
As self-mythologising couples go, not many come close to Beyonc and Jay-Z. The pairs first collaboration, 03 Bonnie and Clyde, was a tale of devotional love accompanied by a video featuring Beyonc as the ride-or-die moll to her rumoured boyfriends gangster. Its a story theyve stuck to over the years this is their second On the Run tour, and the theme remains intact: the film that punctuates this first night show introduces the gangster and the queen and keeps returning to an image of a hotel room carpeted with cash. Yet the intervening decade and a half and an infamous few seconds of CCTV footage from an elevator has complicated what was once a straightforward way to bolster each others brands. Far from living in codependent bliss, theirs is a relationship now defined in the public eye by betrayal and rage. As the pair detailed on their respective recent albums Lemonade and 4:44 Jay-Z was unfaithful, almost letting, as the guilty party put it, the baddest girl in the world get away.