It’s been the most speculated upon lyric of the year – and also a bad year for anyone named Becky.
After Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade dropped in April, the identity of ‘Becky with the good hair’ has put everyone from Rita Ora to designer Rachel Roy in the firing line – but thanks to Bey’s songwriter, the truth behind ‘Becky’ has finally been revealed.
The answer to the burning question on everyone’s lips? ‘Becky’ doesn’t refer to one person in particular, according to Queen B’s songwriter Diana Gordon – formerly known by her stage name Wynter Gordon.
She told Entertainment Weekly on Tuesday that they weren’t pointing the finger at one person.
As we all know, the track had been widely seen as referring to Jay Z’s apparent infidelity with ‘Becky’, so naturally, an Internet-wide witch hunt ensued.
But Gorden said she was surprised by the attention the line got.
I laughed, like this is so silly. Where are we living? I was like, ‘What day in age from that lyric do you get all of this information? Is it really telling you all that much, accusing people?’
Asked if she had spoken to Beyoncé about the reaction to the song, Gordon said:
I don’t think she expected it.
I saw her at her Formation tour. She had a pyjama party; we laughed, we danced, we hugged it out. But I didn’t say much about it at the time because I wanted to give her space.
The idea started in my mind but it’s not mine anymore. It was very funny and amusing to me to watch it spread over the world.
If it’s not going to be me saying it, and the one person in the world who can say it is Beyoncé, I was fucking happy. With Beyoncé, I feel like the songs we worked on were specifically for her.
Hopefully this squashes the Becky rumours once and for all.