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What is Jay Z and Beyonce's age difference? Akademiks podcast derails

Mafalda Costa November 2, 2021
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On Monday, 1 November, DJ Akademiks shared a polemic interview with Internet celebrity Brittany Renner, where she addressed the double standards when it comes to age gaps in celebrity couples, name-dropping Jay Z and Beyonce. What is Jay Z and Beyonce’s age difference?

Brittany Renner speaks up

On Monday, 1 November, DJ Akademiks shared a polemic interview with Internet celebrity Brittany Renner, with the main focus on the star’s previous relationship with Charlotte Hornets power forward P.J. Washington.

According to Hot New Hip Hop, the two went back and forth for weeks, with both parties firing digital shots at each other, and Washington claiming that Renner wouldn’t let him see their child.

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In her interview with DJ Akademiks, Renner addressed the rumours that she only had a child with Washington in order to secure some hefty child support.

She told Akademiks that she was on birth control during her relationship with P.J. until they had a conversation about the matter when P.J. allegedly told her he wanted to have a child.

She said: “I have no reason to lie about anything that I’ve done or the person that I am… The ideal relationship for me is for my partner to know everything about me. So please stop playing this victim narrative…

“Our baby’s name is Paul Jamaine Washington III. Does that sound like an ‘oops’ baby?”

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Age gap criticisms

Following Renner’s response to “trapping” rumours, the Instagram model went on to address criticisms regarding her and P.J. Washington’s age gap.

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Reportedly, Renner is a few years older than Washington, and she was previously spotted watching his college basketball games right after he had just turned eighteen.

At the time, Brittany was in her mid-20s.

During her interview, Renner mentioned the double standards when it comes to age gaps in celebrity couples.

The internet exploded about how Brittany was a few years older than P.J., but she says there was no such outrage about Jay Z and Beyonce and Lori Harvey and Michael B. Jordan, who are also years apart.

What is the age difference between Jay Z and Beyonce?

In the aftermath of Renner’s interview, fans grew curious about the age difference between the iconic musical couple Jay Z and Beyonce.

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According to Insider, Beyonce and Jay Z are 12 years apart.

Beyoncé, 39, and Jay-Z, 51, first started dating back in 2001 before tying the knot on 4 April 2008.

At the time of their wedding, the former Destiny’s Child member was 26 years old; as for the rapper, Jay Z was 38 years old.

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Mafalda Costa is a second year BA Journalism student originally from Portugal. Her main passions if life are music, arts and culture, while she's particularly knowledgable on cinema and anime.