The BeyHive didn’t cause Rachel Roy to go into hiding. The fashion designer, 42, has stayed quiet on social media since defending herself Sunday against Beyoncé fans, but was recently spotted out and about in Los Angeles.
In a video posted by Entertainment Tonight, Roy was seen Monday getting out of a car and heading inside a building. Her appearance came the same day she canceled a New York City speaking engagement due to a “personal emergency.” As Roy made her way indoors, paparazzi bombarded her with questions about whether she was “Becky with the good hair” or if she ever had an affair with Beyoncé’s husband Jay Z.
The celebrity designer ignored the questions, but she did release a statement to People magazine on Tuesday. “I want to put the speculation and rumors to rest. My Instagram post was meant to be fun and lighthearted,” she said. “It was misunderstood as something other than that. There is no validity to the idea that the song references me personally. There is no truth to the rumors.”
Roy went on to say that because her post was taken the wrong way by Beyoncé fans, she and her daughters have received “hurtful and scary” comments, as well as physical threats from “online haters.”
“As a mother — and I know many mothers would agree — I feel that bullying in any form is harmful and unacceptable,” the statement read. “I would hope that the media sees the real issue here — the issue of cyber bullying — and how it should not be tolerated by anyone.”
As previously reported, Roy responded to the drama Sunday writing that she respects “love, marriages, families and strength.” She also wrote in her tweet that her bullying “shouldn’t be tolerated by anyone.”
Beyoncé has yet to comment on the claims that Roy is Becky, but June Ambrose, who’s worked with the “Formation” singer and her husband, dismissed claims that the fashionista had an affair with Jay Z. Ambrose also told fans that Beyoncé might not have been referring to her own marriage with her cryptic song lyrics about a strained relationship.
The drama between Roy and the BeyHive started over the weekend, shortly after Beyoncé released her “Lemonade” HBO special and accompanying album. In it, the 34-year-old pop star sang about a woman having marriage problems and getting cheated on with a woman dubbed “Becky with the good hair.” Roy sparked rumors she was Becky when she posted an Instagram photo that included the phrase “good hair don’t care” in the caption.
Rita Ora was also attacked by the BeyHive over the weekend and accused of being Becky after she posted a Snapchat photo of herself wearing a bikini top with lemons on it. Ora has not responded to the backlash.