Just recently, a book called “Becoming Beyonce” dropped a bombshell about how a rumor was leaked about Jay-Z cheating with Rihanna in order to boost her first song “Pon De Replay”. Now, Rihanna’s team is blasting the reports that claim that a former publicist named Jonathan Hay leaked the rumor in 2005 to create some publicity for her.
Ã¢â¬ÅI was working for Vada Nobles, who wrote and produced Ã¢â¬ËPon de Replay,Ã¢â¬â¢Ã¢â¬Â HayÃ¢â¬â¢s quoted in R. Randy TaraborrelliÃ¢â¬â¢s Ã¢â¬ÅBecoming BeyoncÃÂ©.Ã¢â¬Â Ã¢â¬ÅIt was my job to make sure she hit .Ã¢â¬â°.Ã¢â¬â°. In an effort to generate some interest .Ã¢â¬â°.Ã¢â¬â°. I began to plant .Ã¢â¬â°.Ã¢â¬â°. stories that Jay and Rihanna were having a hot romance.Ã¢â¬Â The only problem with the revelation? RihannaÃ¢â¬â¢s legal reps and Nobles told Page Six on Tuesday that RihannaÃ¢â¬â¢s never had any involvement with Hay as a rep.
Ã¢â¬ÅHay was never RihannaÃ¢â¬â¢s publicist or had any personal or professional relationship with her,Ã¢â¬Â RihannaÃ¢â¬â¢s lawyer Jordan Siev told us. Her team claimed the New York Daily News erroneously reported Hay was Ã¢â¬ÅRihannaÃ¢â¬â¢s ex-publicistÃ¢â¬Â before updating its story on Tuesday. Other outlets have also called him Ã¢â¬Åformer Rihanna publicist.Ã¢â¬Â
When we reached out to Hay, he told us, Ã¢â¬ÅI wasnÃ¢â¬â¢t RihannaÃ¢â¬â¢s publicist, I was [the] publicist for her first single. She didnÃ¢â¬â¢t have a publicist .Ã¢â¬â°.Ã¢â¬â°. It was back in the day, she was nobody.Ã¢â¬Â
But Nobles said: Ã¢â¬ÅI met this guy once, maybe twice .Ã¢â¬â°.Ã¢â¬â°. I did not hire Jonathan Hay to promote Rihanna [or] Ã¢â¬ËPon de ReplayÃ¢â¬â¢ .Ã¢â¬â°.Ã¢â¬â°. He had nothing to do with Rihanna. Someone I knew referred this guy [to me as a publicist], I said, Ã¢â¬ËLetÃ¢â¬â¢s see what he can doÃ¢â¬â¢ .Ã¢â¬â°.Ã¢â¬â°. He was using my name and what I was doing to get traction for himself.Ã¢â¬Â
Hay said in a statement, “I haven’t read the book and I don’t know what it says. I talked to the author for the first time this Sunday.”
He added that he’s focusing on “music projects that I’m producing and releasing” and “all this other gossip is nonsense.”
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