interview with Jay-Z, he admitted that he and Beyoncé were at the early "wine and dine" phase of courtship when they appeared together in the magazine's 2001 music issue.
The onetime street hustler from Brooklyn ran the landmark rap label Def Jam Records as president for several years, but stepped down from that post in December.
This could be a bit of revisionist history, since Beyoncé's ex-boyfriend, Lyndall Locke, claimed she was with until she began touring with her girl group in her twenties.
Maybe they've innocently mixed signals over the specifics of their first encounters, but their crossed wires continue to fuel conspiracies.
But much of the public's perception about this notoriously private pair is shaped by what little Bey and Jay share about themselves: her captionless Instagram snaps of the family enjoying a picture-perfect vacation, pointed song lyrics with perplexing references to one another, that rare interview where they might actually suffer a question or two about their romance.
Over the years, thanks to so many mixed signals, tantalizing mysteries about Beyoncé and Jay-Z's relationship have taken shape. At this point, it seems pretty on-brand for Beyoncé and Jay-Z to keep the steamiest details of their romantic highs and lows under wraps (well, except for in their lyrics).