“I didn't think it would be this big story,” Hay wrote.“But now, seeing Beyoncé on the cover of this book and knowing that people are profiting from speculations and opinions about her really turns my stomach.” “I'm ashamed that I'm even talking about this.I just want to put this rumor to rest once and for all.” Rihanna was just 17 and low on the Def Jam totem pole when Hay pulled the “stunt.” Taraborelli wrote that Jay Z’s had just one complaint when the bogus story about him bedding the Barbadian beauty was being spun out.
"I was blindsided by the news of ‘Becoming Beyoncé’ coming out and it couldn't come at a worse time for me,” Hay said in a statement.
“I'm currently releasing projects with my label Urban Hitchcock through Tidal, a company that is owned by Jay Z and Beyoncé ...
Hopefully this news hasn't ruined that relationship for me.” Hay did not deny pushing what turned out to be a lie.
“The pr stunt that I did was out of desperation to help break ‘Pon de Replay’," he wrote.
And Beyoncé was so upset she split with Jay Z for a “lonely year” in 2005, Taraborelli wrote.Hay said he never met Taraborelli but spoke with his researcher.