Back in 2002 Beyoncé and Jay-Z collaborated on "'03 Bonnie & Clyde", a song that quickly became a hit and not too long after its release everyone started speculating whether the two were actually dating in real life. Fast forward seventeen years and we can with certainty claim that they were. The two are not only one of the most influential couples in the world, but they both have incredible careers on their own. As we all know, they got married back in 2008 and have three children together. So today we wanted to take a look at what Beyoncé was up to before she met her future husband Jay — from her days growing up in Houston, Texas, her previous romantic relationships, as well as beginnings with Destiny's Child — we've covered it all.So sit back, relax, and check out these 15 photos of Beyoncé before Jay-Z came into her life.
15 Let's Start Off With Beyoncé Way Before Jay-Z — Here's Baby B
One of the world's most famous diva's was born in Houston, Texas on September 4, 1981 — a date fans are very well acquainted with as the star named her fourth solo album 4. In the pics above you can see her way before she met her current hubby Jay-Z, when she was rocking diapers as an adorable toddler.
14 Beyoncé Always Knew How To Pose — Even Her Middle-School Pics Are Perfection
The girl always knew how to smize, there's no doubt about that. While Beyoncé wasn't always as cool as she is now, she certainly did know how to pose and that is very important in the business she was about to enter. We love seeing these pics of a young B!
13 Here's Our Queen With Her High School Boyfriend Lyndell Locke Looking Stunning For Her Prom
Now while we can't really imagine Beyoncé with anyone else but Jay-Z, before the two met she did have a relationship worth mentioning. High school Beyoncé was dating a boy named Lyndell Locke, and we have to admit that the two looked pretty as a couple, especially for their prom!
12 The Two Actually Met When B Was Only Twelve
According to The Sun, the two were dating for nine years and even talked about their wedding. Lyndell admitted to messing it up with the singer, which is something he will probably always regret. But hey, Beyoncé found her happiness with someone else and became one of the women who run the world, so she's totally fine.
11 And Here She Is Wearing Total Nerd Attire While Signing Destiny's Child's First Contract With Columbia Records
We have to say, the girls looked pretty nerdy back in the days, who'd have thought that these ladies were going to become one of the most influential girl groups of all time! But honestly, Tina Knowles got so much better at picking their looks later on, this one is definitely not giving us superstar vibes.
10 But Before Destiny's Child, Beyoncé And Kelly Were In Another Girl Band — Girls Tyme
Girls Tyme was Beyoncé and Kelly's first girl group, and while they achieved a bit of success, they never got as famous with Girls Tyme as they did with Destiny's Child later on. We do have to say that weirdly enough we are kind of digging their '80s inspired colorful outfits!
9 And Here's Girls Tyme Performing At Star Search
According to Rolling Stone, Girls Tyme lost their Star Search battle to a rock band called Skeleton Crew. After that, it was evident that something needs to be changed and soon afterward Beyoncé and Kelly became members of Destiny's Child — a girl group that didn't go for an obvious TLC vibe like Girls Tyme did.
8 Look At A Young Bey Getting Her Hair Done At Her Mom's Hairsalon
Beyoncé's mother Tina owned a popular hair salon in Houston, Texas in the '90s and obviously, Beyoncé was a regular there. Having her mom do your hair every day must have been really nice as it meant she pretty much never had any bad hair days — and according to Marie Claire, Tina still does Bey's hair very often.
7 And This Is Destiny's Child At The Beginning Of Their Fame Wearing Their Signature Matching Outfits
When Destiny's Child started becoming popular everyone immediately noticed that the girls not only looked great but also had very cool matching looks going on. Beyonce's mom, who was their stylist, always made sure that each girl wears a slightly different look, yet that they always look cohesive and matching!
6 Look At The Girls Recording Bangers Like "No, No, No" And "Say My Name"
Here's a pic of the girls looking absolutely not glam while recording their first hits. Obviously, a lot has changed since then and we can't imagine Beyoncé rocking an oversized tomboy sweatshirt as the diva nowadays always looks perfectly put-together — but who knows, maybe she still likes recording in comfy sweats...
5 Beyoncé And Kelly Were Always Super Close
Anyone who is a fan of Destiny's Child and Beyoncé knows that group members have come and gone throughout the years, but Kelly was always there. According to an interview Beyonce's sister Solange did with Harper's Bazaar, Kelly was a close family friend since they were kids, and both Beyoncé and Solange considered her family.
4 The Original Destiny's Child With A Very Dorky-Looking Bey – Just Look At That Denim Overall
Okay, so the original Destiny's Child members were Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, LaTavia Roberson, and LeToya Luckett. In the four photos above you can see the girls at the beginning of their career, and if you look closely at the bottom left one you'll see a dorky Beyoncé rocking some overalls she'd never be caught in nowadays.
3 And Even Though Bey Got More Diva-Like With The New Band Members Joining, It Wasn't Until Jay-Z That She Found Her Signature Look
Don't get us wrong, Beyoncé always looked amazing, but we do have a feeling that all the matching looks she was required to wear with the group made her suppress her own fashion choices. Once she started dating Jay-Z and her solo career kicked off, her style got much riskier and hotter.
2 Here's Destiny's Child In Its Most Succesful Formation As A Trio
In early 2000 the original group members LaTavia and LeToya left the group and were replaced with Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin. Five months after joining Farrah left and Destiny's Child as we know and love them were born. Eventually, the girls decided to take a break, only to have us go wild once they came back with their Destiny Fulfilled album. Hopefully, another reunion will happen soon!
1 Lastly, Here's Beyoncé And Jay-Z When They First Started Dating And Today
To wrap things up we thought a side-by-side of Jay and Bey at the beginning of their relationship and them today would be appropriate. Who would know that these photos were taken over fifteen years apart? The two had their ups and downs, but they are certainly still one of the world's most powerful couples!
Sources: biography.com, harpersbazaar.com, marieclaire.com, rollingstone.com, thesun.co.uk