Rap mogul Jay-Z finally came clean on why there were some past tensions directed at him from Hollywood actor Robert De Niro and revealed his reaction to initial rumors about his wife Beyoncé not being the biological mother to Blue Ivy.
While he did not get too specific, Jay hinted at De Niro’s issues likely stemming from him not showing respect.
“I treat people based on who they are,” Jay said when asked about De Niro. “Who they ‘really’ are. Not the name, not ‘Robert De Niro.’ But who you are as a person. And it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter who you are. Everyone has to be respectful, everyone has to be a human being. No one’s above [that]. We’re all human beings and we all have to be respectful to one another.” (“The Breakfast Club”)
Jigga also touched on past rumors about Bey faking her pregnancy and not being the real mother of their daughter.
“That’s probably the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard and the fact people were really running with that,” Jay said referring to rumors about Bey not giving birth to Blue Ivy Carter. “At first I thought it was one of those get press things, like, you know, ‘Let’s run with this for press.’ But then I was like, ‘Y’all really believe this.’ They started going so far. Like, ‘Y’all really believe this.’ And that’s what’s really messed up because the time you’re supposed to be most joyous, you got a life, it’s supposed to be a joyous time for you and you have to deal with that. Whether you care about that or not, it’s really annoying.” (“The Breakfast Club”)
Last fall, tensions reportedly flared when De Niro ran up on Jay for not returning a call.
Sources add that Jay tried to joke his way out of the situation, and even his wife, Beyoncé, tried to intervene, but De Niro wouldn’t back down. “Bob was sitting at a table, and when Jay-Z went over to say hello, De Niro told Jay that he never called him back,” a source says. A spy then overheard De Niro complaining to the rapper, a fellow TriBeCa resident, about a song Jay-Z agreed to record for the Tribeca Film Festival. De Niro had reached out to discuss further details, but Jay never returned his calls. “Bob wasn’t in any mood to make polite conversation,” the spy says. “He told Jay that if somebody calls you six times, you call them back. It doesn’t matter who you are, that is just rude.” (New York Post)
Beyoncé also reportedly became involved to cool things down.
When Jay-Z tried to make a joke of it, saying he is terrible on the phone, a source says, “De Niro kept telling him that he thinks he’s the man, but that he was disrespectful.’ Beyoncé came over, but that didn’t calm Bob down. It was the talk of the party. Everyone was saying there’s only one star in New York bigger and badder than Jay-Z, and that’s Robert De Niro. He can be quite scary when he’s angry.” But a source close to De Niro told us, “It was a low-key private conversation between two people that was apparently overheard. It was not a heated discussion.” (New York Post)
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