Beyoncé didn't point any direct fingers in "Lemonade," her visual and musical opus on black womanhood and betrayal released Saturday night. But American fashion designer Rachel Roy found herself the target of a very angry Beyhive this weekend.
Beyoncé dropped a cryptic line in the 'Apathy' portion of her HBO special for the song 'Sorry,' stating, “He better call Becky with the good hair.” Fans quickly assumed that the singer was making reference to an affair between husband Jay-Z and another woman.
A few hours later, Roy posted a photo on Instagram, with the caption, "Good hair don't care, but we will take good lighting, for selfies, or self truths, always. live in the light."
Now, whether or not the designer's post was in reference to Bey's statement, it drew a heavy amount of backlash, and quickly. So much so that the Beyhive mistakenly accused celebrity chef Rachel Ray of having an affair, but soon after directed their comments to Roy.
I thought Rachel Roy was Rachel Ray. I've never heard of Rachel Roy. I thought it was a typo.
— deray mckesson (@deray) April 24, 2016
Roy later deleted the post.
So who is Rachel Roy, and how is she connected to Jay-Z?
Roy is a 42-year-old Indo-American, born in California and based in New York. Hollywood Life reports that the now famous New York-based designer started off as an intern for Rocawear, a clothing retailer created in 1999 by then friends Jay-Z and music producer Damon Dash. Roy quickly rose within the company, later becoming creative director of the women's and children's departments.
In 2004, Roy had created her own fashion line and married Damon Dash. While her professional career took off, her marriage to Dash did not. Their union ended in divorce and a three-year restraining order. In 2009, the designer released her more affordable clothing line: RACHEL by Rachel Roy, which is available in Canada at Hudson's Bay.
Professionally, it appears Roy is laying low post-lemonade. BuzzFeed reported Monday morning that the designer had canceled a public appearance in New York City for a "personal emergency."
Roy tweeted on Sunday that she "respects love, marriage and families," however the statement wasn't taken well by Beyoncé fans.
I respect love, marriages, families and strength. What shouldn't be tolerated by anyone, no matter what, is bullying, of any kind.
— Rachel Roy (@Rachel_Roy) April 24, 2016
When Beyoncé gives you lemons ...