Video of Solange-Jay Z elevator fight shines harsh light on Beyonce’s seemingly ideal life

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The hotel surveillance video of Solange Knowles attacking her sister Beyonce’s husband, music mogul Jay Z, is frustratingly without audio. But the grainy, black-and-white clip filmed in an elevator after the Met Gala in New York has generated enough noise to fill a football stadium.

After TMZ posted the video (and reportedly paid $250,000 for it), social media lit up with endless speculation and jokes. The Standard Hotel, where the confidential video was leaked, has since fired the person who leaked it, “and will now be pursuing all available civil and criminal remedies,” said Brian Phillips, a spokesman for the hotel.

In a statement Thursday about the “private matter” to the AP, Beyonce says that everything is fine and that Jay Z and Solange have apologized to one another. “The reports of Solange being intoxicated or displaying erratic behavior throughout that evening are simply false,” the statement continued. “At the end of the day families have problems, and we’re no different. We love each other and above all we are family. We’ve put this behind us and hope everyone else will do the same.”

No comment about the rumor from The New York Daily News, which reports the fight went down after Solange spotted her brother-in-law getting cozy with designer Rachel Roy, Z’s former business partner Damon Dash’s ex-wife.

This whole affair has to be mortifying for Beyonce, who tries to keep a tight grip on her image. Most famously, she no longer allows press photographers at concerts after unflattering photos from her Super Bowl XLVII halftime show surfaced last year. The strategy has served her well. Until now.

Bey has come a long way since she started her career at age 8 in the Houston kiddie group Girls Tyme. Kelly Rowland, LeToya Luckett, Támar Davis and Beyonce eventually became known as Destiny’s Child, one of the most successful girl groups of all time.

Solange, 27, launched her career when she replaced a Destiny’s Child dancer on tour. She was 15. She released her first album the next year.

“Solange was creative as a little girl,” Davis told The Houston Chronicle. “She made melodies and dance steps as fast she could think. At such a young age, she was very confident in herself. I remember Solange always trying to be around us...Beyonce was very nurturing to her.”

At 17, Solange married football player Daniel Smith and gave birth to son Daniel Julez Smith (they divorced less than three years later). She has always gone her own way and, until the scandal, was plugging along. Her most recent performance was at Coachella; although back in July she canceled a solo show at the last minute at the Adrienne Arsht Center for unknown reasons.

Solange’s eclectic style is regularly highlighted in fashion blogs and magazines. The New Orleans resident recently was named an art director for Puma; her shoe collection immediately sold out earlier this year.

Comparisons to Beyonce are inevitable, but Solange has never expressed interest in being a superstar. “It’s not my job to make you like me,” Solange told The Houston Chronicle in 2008.“It’s my job to make art.”

Joey Guerra

Houston Chronicle

Staff writer Madeleine Marr contributed to this report.

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