Paul Carrick Brunson says celeb "It" couple Jay and Bey's love story is an inspiration.

Paul Carrick Brunson
Aug, 07, 2012

In early 2003, when it was only rumored that Jay-Z and Beyoncé were an item, I knew it was so. I was staying with my wife at the boutique Delano Hotel in South Beach as my birthday gift to her. I had taken Jill specifically to that hotel because through a friend of a friend’s friend I heard Beyoncé would be staying there because she was performing a concert in Miami. At the time (and to this day), my wife adored Beyoncé and it was my mission to introduce them. I figured, in such a small hotel, chances were good we would run into Lady B.

The morning of the show, I was working out at the hotel’s gym and none other than Jay-Z walked in — just him plus a superhuman-looking bodyguard. The gym was closet-size, and we were the only people working out, so we ended up overlapping on equipment and had a good conversation. While I never asked him about Beyoncé, he admitted he was in town to support a friend on a project.

What struck me about Jay was how very busy he was (2003 was one of the hottest years of his Roc-A-Fella dynasty), yet how important it was for him to put things on hold and physically be present to hold his “friend” down.

Since that day, I knew there was something special between Jay-Z and Beyoncé, and while I’ve only been privy to what is shared in the media, there are eight distinct reasons why I love Jay-Z and Beyoncé's love.