No, Jay-Z and Beyonce did not stage a protest at Super Bowl 2020. Allow him to explain why he and his wife remained seated during Demi Lovato’s performance of the national anthem this past Sunday (February 2).
“We got there and we were sitting, and now the show’s about to start,” Jay-Z said during a recent talk at Columbia University. “We immediately jump into artist mode,” the celebrity said.
Jay-Z and Beyonce have stakes in the NFL and, as such, worked hard to ensure that the entertainment segments of the game were spectacular. The powerhouse couple was completely focused on the sound and overall appeal during Yolanda Adams and Demi Lovato’s performance. It wasn’t until a family friend texted Jay-Z after the singing of the national anthem that he realized he and Bey had sat through Demi’s performance.
“We couldn’t stage that,” Jay-Z said in response to critics who accused him and Beyonce of intentionally sitting during the singing of the national anthem. “Blue was right next to us,” the celebrity father added. “We wouldn’t do that Blue and put her in that position.”
Jay-Z went on to tell attendees at the Columbia University seminar that Blue Ivy Carter would never let a planned protest go without asking tons of questions. “There’s no way [she would let us protest],” Jay told attendees. “If we told her that we were going to do something like that, you would have seen her attacking me a hundred times.”
“She’s the kid who gets in the car and closes the door and says, ‘Are we there yet, daddy?’ So she would have said, ‘What time? Are we doing [the protest]? It’s 7:05, daddy. Are we doing it now?'”
Jay-Z and Beyonce are the proud parents of three children. Stay tuned for more celebrity family news!