Beyoncé and JAY-Z were front and center at game three of the NBA finals in Oakland, CA, on Wednesday. The 37-year-old singer and 49-year-old rapper sat courtside as the hometown Golden State Warriors battled the Toronto Rapters at the Oracle Arena. Naturally, Bey looked fabulous, rocking a neutral ensemble with a longline grommet jacket. Meanwhile, Jay — who recently reached billionaire status — sported an all-black outfit from head to toe.
Bey and Jay's appearance also generated some buzz for another reason. In a video posted by ESPN, the dynamic duo were waving at a camera when the clip captured an *ahem* interesting moment between JAY-Z, Beyoncé, and Nicole Curran — the wife of Warriors owner Joe Lacob. At one point, Nicole is seen leaning over Bey to chat with Jay, and the Beyhive would like to know exactly what was going on.
Jay-Z and Beyoncé are courtside for Game 3 😎 pic.twitter.com/6mmJuN8Odn— ESPN (@espn) June 6, 2019
Beyoncé didn't look too thrilled about having her personal space invaded. And it might not be a coincidence that in the photos of Bey and Jay, the singer has her body positioned toward her beau rather than directly forward like how she was sitting at the Houston Rockets game weeks ago. It also doesn't help that Nicole herself posted a photo of her touching Beyoncé's hair (a major no-no), and the singer looks pretty uncomfortable.
Now, I don't want to jump to conclusions based off a 13-second clip. I wouldn't expect Beyoncé to keep a smile the whole time, because they showed up to attend a game, not to constantly look pleasant on camera. And according to Nicole — who commented on The Shade Room's post about the interaction — she was simply taking Jay's drink order. (It does appear as though she's mouthing the words, "With lime?") Besides, Bey and Nicole are seen laughing together in some pictures, which suggests they were both totally fine.
However, the Beyhive of course didn't take too kindly to the idea of Nicole leaning over their queen, and immediately took to social media to express their disapproval. According to Nicole, who spoke with ESPN reporter Ramona Shelburne, she received death threats and experienced cyber bullying to the point where she decided to disable to Instagram account.
In response, Beyoncé's publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, called out fans for spewing hate while celebrating the one-year anniversary of Bey and Jay's On the Run II tour on June 6. "I am looking back today at the start of The OTRII tour, one year ago. It was a place of joy, unimaginable entertainment from two of the best performers in the world, and a place of love," she wrote on Instagram. "I am looking back today at the start of The OTRII tour, one year ago. It was a place of joy, unimaginable entertainment from two of the best performers in the world, and a place of love." Preach.
At any rate, Beyoncé is the capital B, and "she don't need no hype." And the capital B means she's 'bout that life. Translation: Queen Bey can hold her own, and she did.