Beyoncé’s Songwriter Shares The Truth Behind ‘Becky With The Good Hair’

Becky isn't who you think...

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by Katie Rosseinsky |
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Has a lyric ever sparked as much intrigue and controversy as Beyoncé's 'Becky with the good hair?'

After the surprise release of the singer’s visual album Lemonade, an Internet witch hunt ensued as Beyoncé’s army of fans attempted to identify a real-life ‘Becky,’ a woman with whom her husband Jay-Z is believed to have had an affair. Their proof? The final two lines from standout track, the defiantly unapologetic Sorry: ‘He only want me when I’m not there / He better call Becky with the good hair.’

The search for Becky had the Bey-hive pointed virtual fingers at the likes of stylist Rachel Roy – whose Instagram account was inundated with lemon emojis – and Rita Ora. However, according to Diana Gordon, Bey’s main co-writer on the six million-selling album, we’ve got ‘Becky’ all wrong – she’s not even a real person.

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Discussing the response to Sorry with Entertainment Weekly, Gordon said, ‘I laughed, like this is so silly. Where are we living? I was like, “What day in age from that lyric do you get all of this information? Is it really telling you all that much, accusing people?”’

According to Gordon, Beyoncé had no idea that Lemonade would trigger such a response. ‘I don’t think [the singer] expected it. I saw her at her Formation tour. She had a pajama party’ we laughed, we danced, we hugged it out. But I didn’t say much about [Lemonade] at the time because I wanted to give her space.’ Pajama party with Beyoncé? We’re definitely not at all jealous.

When it came to describing Bey’s song writing process, Gordon was full of praise for the singer, calling her ‘a scientist of songs.’

‘I’ve never seen anyone work the way she works. She definitely changes the song structures, She can take two songs, say, “I like two lines, I like the melody then let me use that for a verse and a bridge and write the whole middle.” It’s more of a collaboration. You never know what she’ll like. I came to her with a bunch of songs and she was like, “I like that verse, I like the idea.” But she definitely doesn’t take things as is, at least not from me.”

We are not worthy, B.

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