It has been 10 years since the rumor mill churned out whisperings that Rihanna was having an affair with Jay Z, reports BET. But now, RiRi’s ex-publisict, Jonathan Hay, is telling J. Randy Taraborelli, the author behind the new unauthorized Beyonce biography, Becoming Beyonce: The Untold Story, that he made the whole thing up.
During his interview, Hays said that he invented the lie to try and boost a budding Rihanna’s starpower.
“The PR stunt that I did wads out of desperation to help break ‘Pon de Replay,'” Hays told Taraborelli. “It was reckless, and I didn’t think it was going to work. I was just throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what would stick.”
We’re glad that’s over!