Sure, it was going to be April 4, 2017, at some point, but for at least a year the prognosis wasn't as clear when it came to whether Beyoncé and Jay Zwould also be celebrating their ninth wedding anniversary today.
Because of...you know. The turmoil.
Yet as possible as a breakup seemed at one point, the opposite feels true now. Not only are they marking nine years of marriage today—the fourth day of the fourth month—but they're also expecting twins, two little siblings at once for Blue Ivy Carter.
Mr. and Mrs. Shawn Carter have also displayed an impressive level of togetherness since their marriage cracked open just enough for people to get a glimpse of the issues inside, deepening the mystery that is their enduring bond and leaving everyone questioning just how bad it got...if it even got bad at all.
But it only makes sense that, come what may, lemons or Lemonade, they're in on it together.
Vulnerability, passion, anger and love are hallmarks of the human, after all, and though Beyoncé and Jay Z have been building each other up for the past 17 years, the simple act of loving each other cuts them right back down to size.
To hurt and then try to heal, what could be more ordinary?
Inevitably what happens is, they engage in the most normal pursuits, from family vacations to fights to nights out with friends, only heightened to the ultimate celebrity degree, rendering their lives unrecognizable.
Catching a Nets game: Jay Z used to own a piece of the team.
Watching football games: Bey headlines the halftime show.
Hanging out with friends: The friends are Barack and Michelle Obama.
Making up: The tortuous, soul-searching process fuels a Grammy-winning, genre-busting album.
Going to the movies: The mommy-and-me Gucci looks Bey and Blue sported at the Beauty & the Beast premiere cost $26,000 and $2,100, respectively.
Taking Blue Ivy to a sleepover: It's at Gwyneth Paltrow's house.
Maintaining an Instagram account: Bey's pregnancy announcement shatters the record for most likes within hours.
Taking maternity leave: Well, she'll headline Coachella next year.
What i do know is that Beyoncé and Jay Z successfully managed to cloak their life in secrecy, but millions of fans invested in their journey anyway—because it's not quite like any other celebrity relationship, and because it's surviving despite its imperfections, just like every relationship.