We’d like to wish a very happy 44th birthday to one Shawn Corey Carter, better known as Jay Z. The one and only HOV is celebrating his birthday by—we kid you not—going vegan for the next 21 days. “On December 3rd, one day before my 44th birthday, I will embark on a 22 Days challenge to go completely vegan, or as I prefer to call it, plant-based!!” he wrote on his Life and Times website. Well, while we’d certainly prefer to spend our birthday going H.A.M. on a frosting-covered ice cream cake than eating seitan, we applaud Mr. Magna Carta Holy Grail not just for his commitment to healthiness, but for the lady he’ll have by his side during this cleanse: Miss Beyoncé Knowles Carter.
If asked, we’re fairly certain that Jay Z would admit that wooing the hottest chick in the game is the greatest achievement of his life, eclipsing all the Grammys, the platinum records, and millions of dollars he’s raked in. That’s why we decided to celebrate Hova’s birthday by taking a look back at the ten-plus year romance that made him the man that he is today. Enjoy our look back at Jay and Bey, America’s Royal Couple, through the years!
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