Fans were shocked when they saw the footage of Solange violently attacking Jay Z in an elevator at NYC’s Standard Hotel on May 5. But apparently this isn’t the first time that Solange has lashed out at her brother-in-law. In fact, her verbal outbursts at Jay are quite common, and now HollywoodLife.com can give you the EXCLUSIVE scoop on their complicated relationship.
Solange Knowles‘s ill will toward her sister Beyonce‘s husband, Jay Z, started long before the night of the Met Ball. Solange’s “anger and resentment” for Jay stem from a variety of issues, including her jealousy over her sister’s superstardom and the fact that she thinks Jay doesn’t “support” the Knowles family enough, HollywoodLife.com has EXCLUSIVELY learned.
Solange Knowles Mad At Jay Z — Why She Verbally Lashed Out At Him Before Fight
That storm we all saw in the Standard Hotel elevator has been brewing for years! And a lot of it has to do with Solange’s apparent unhappiness over her modest music career, as well as Jay’s role — or lack there of — in it.
“Solange has shown anger and resentment to Jay Z for a LONG time,” a source reveals to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “Jay has a knack for finding and fostering talent — Rihanna, Calvin Harris, J. Cole, etc. Solange has wanted to come out of her sister’s shadow for forever and become her own star, and is always looking at B and Jay for advice. But she has this very odd way of handling his feedback. He will tell her, honestly, that ‘this song is a hit’ or ‘this won’t connect with people,’ and she doubles back, claiming that she’s an indie artist and can’t make decisions based on trends. It doesn’t make much sense. He always says that she shouldn’t ask his opinion if she doesn’t care.”
Jay Z would do anything in his power to help Solange, our source adds, but he feels like the way she dismisses his advice is “a blow to his sense of taste and style.”
But from what our source tells us, it sounds like Solange’s failure to achieve superstardom has a lot to do with her, and not with Jay Z or any other external forces.
“Solange is known in the industry as a bit of an entitled diva and not great to work with. People always get with her trying to get some of that Knowles magic (Beyonce on a budget), but she’s just not as elite as her sister,” the source explains. “It’s created a major chip on her shoulder — can YOU imagine being Beyonce’s sister? — and she often verbally lashes out at Jay Z about not supporting the family. It’s pretty crazy, and she will take it to some personal levels for sure.”
Rachel Roy Caused Jay Z-Solange Knowles Fight
While it’s safe to say that Jay and Solange’s issues are VERY complex, another source has told HollywoodLife.com that Solange’s altercation with her former friend Rachel Roy at the Met Ball after-party is what triggered the “Losing You” singer’s attack on Jay Z.
“Solange was defending Beyoncé in the elevator because Solange finds Jay’s friendship with Rachel to be WAY too close for comfort and it makes Solange very uncomfortable,” a source close to Solange told us.
Earlier in the night, Rachel reportedly approached Solange “in a confrontational way,” and then Beyonce even stepped in. “Beyoncé also confronted Rachel and said, ‘Don’t talk to my sister like that,’ after [Rachel] confronted Solange.”
So what do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Should Solange and Jay Z talk out their issues and make up? Does Solange owe Jay an apology? Let us know!
— Tierney McAfee