Before Beyoncé and JAY-Z were crazy in love, it was rumored the rapper had tried to date Aaliyah. There are rumblings that the pair allegedly hung out a few times in a romantic sense back in the early aughts. But nothing really came of it. The reason? Let’s discuss here.
(L-R) Aaliyah and JAY-Z | Evan Agostini/Getty Images North America; Lawrence Lucier/FilmMagicMore on JAY-Z and Aaliyah
Aaliyah and JAY-Z were romantically linked in 1999 when they were around 20 and 29, respectively (via The Daily Beast). They were photographed hanging out on a couple of occasions and even hugging each other. But the artists never spoke about one another to the press and did not give any indirect indication that they were interested in each other.
Fans have always expressed interest in seeing where things would have gone had they gotten together. But former Roc-A-Fella producer Choke No Joke suggested in a 2019 appearance on the radio show The Starr Report that it didn’t go anywhere because JAY-Z allegedly “wouldn’t be public with her and tried to keep that sh*t private.”
JAY-Z has never commented on the claim, but it’s not necessarily hard to believe considering he and Beyoncé basically kept their entire relationship a secret until they married in 2008. Even now, after nearly two decades of being together, the pair is considered one of the world’s most private couples, rarely speaking to the press about their life together.
Natane Adcock, Damon Dash, Aaliyah, JAY-Z, Diddy, and Jennifer Lopez at a party in July 2000 | Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images
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Other things that reportedly factored into why Aaliyah and JAY-Z did not seriously date
Choke No Joke also said that JAY-Z’s then-business partner Damon Dash, who co-founded Roc-A-Fella records with him and Kareem “Biggs” Burke, “went behind [Jay-Z’s] back and hollered at [Aaliyah].”
In a separate interview with Hip-Hop-Motivation, Dash confirmed that JAY-Z had known Aaliyah first and that they had both started to pursue her later.
Aaliyah and Damon Dash | Kevin Kane/WireImage
Despite establishing a rapport with JAY-Z, Aaliyah reportedly began dating Dash in late 1999. They were together until her death in a plane crash in August 2001.
“It was just a situation where Aaliyah was the type of girl that would give you a shot,” Dash explained. “She didn’t care what people …
Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet