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Drunk in Love: Jay and Bey, 10 Years Strong

Happy anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Carter.

She was a child of destiny looking to break out on her own. He was a Brooklyn-born MC with entrepreneurial aspirations. Together, they became pop-culture royalty. They are, of course, Jay-Z and Beyonce. A couple since the early 2000s, the Carters have produced hit singles, sold-out tours, and three beautiful children. But it hasn't all come easy. As the couple celebrate their 10-year wedding anniversary, FOTO looks back at Jay and Bey's fruitful relationship (lemons and all).

Total Request Love KMazur/WireImage Total Request Love The pair's first collaboration — recorded in the early days of their budding romance — was 2002's "'03 Bonnie & Clyde," the lead single off Jay-Z's seventh studio album "The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse." The pair would go on to play the titular bank robbers in an accompanying music video. Yet, despite all that, they would keep their relationship under wraps for months. Love and Basketball Vince Bucci/Getty Images Love and Basketball Bey and Jay have a long history of sitting courtside (here they are in 2003) and have even dabbled in the business side of the game. Jay-Z once held a stake in the Brooklyn Nets and their home court, the Barclays Center (he sold both interests in 2013) and, for a time, Beyonce was reportedly mulling an investment in her hometown Houston Rockets. Red Hot KMazur/WireImage Red Hot The couple made their red-carpet debut at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards in Miami. Beyonce won Best Female Video for "Naughty Girl," while Jay-Z took home a number of Moonmen — including Best Rap Video — for "99 Problems." The Newlywed Game Bill Baptist/NBAE/Getty Images The Newlywed Game On April 4, 2008, the couple tied the knot in a secret ceremony in New York. Just how secret was it? Neither confirmed the nuptials until August of that year, when Jay-Z spoke to Vibe magazine. They're seen here at a Houston Rockets game just one week after saying "I do." Bumpin' With Baby Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic Bumpin' With Baby At the conclusion of her "Love on Top" performance at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, Beyonce unbuttoned her glittery blazer to reveal...a baby bump! She gave birth to daughter Blue Ivy Carter on January 7, 2012. Party People MCT/MCT via Getty Images Party People Fervent Obama supporters, Bey and Jay greet the Rev. Al Sharpton at the president's second inauguration in 2013. Show-Stopping Show-Starter Larry Busacca/WireImage Show-Stopping Show-Starter In perhaps one of the sexiest duets the Grammys stage has ever seen, Jay and Bey (hair dripping wet) opened the 2014 show with a sizzling performance of "Drunk in Love." They kicked off their co-headlining tour, "On the Run," later that summer. The Home Team Elsa/Getty Images The Home Team Bey and Jay cheer on the Brooklyn Nets during the 2014 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. An Eventful Night Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic An Eventful Night The couple attend the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014, in New York. Troubling security footage from the Met Gala's after party would later surface, capturing an elevator altercation between Beyonce's sister, Solange, and Jay — igniting rumors about problems in the couple's marriage. Good Job, B! Kevin Mazur/MTV1415/WireImage Good Job, B! But the couple presented a united front a few months later at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Following a 15-minute medley of her mama's hits, Blue (with dad Jay-Z) made her television debut to present Beyonce with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. White Wedding Josh Brasted/WireImage White Wedding With the family conflict resolved, the couple attend Solange's wedding to music video director Alan Ferguson on November 16, 2014, in New Orleans. Stronger Together BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images Stronger Together Beyonce and Jay-Z introduce Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at a Get Out the Vote performance on November 4, 2016, in Cleveland. It could be said the backdrop's all-caps slogan was also emblematic of the performers' relationship: Just seven months prior, Beyonce dropped her blistering visual album "Lemonade," essentially confirming earlier rumors of marital woes with Jay. Still, the couple persisted. Jay-Z later spoke to CNN about mending their marriage: "You can either address it or you can pretend until it blows up, at some point. And you know, for us, we chose to fight for our love, for our family, to give our kids a different outcome. See? To break that cycle. For black men and women, you know, to see a different outcome...it's not celebrity — we were never a celebrity couple. We were a couple that happened to be celebrities." Double the Fun Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for NARAS Double the Fun For pregnancy No. 2, Beyonce announced the news via social media, causing no less of a stir than the first time around. In fact, her beatific photo was, at the time, the most liked Instagram post ever. She gave birth to twins Rumi and Sir in June 2017. Happy Family Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS Happy Family Bey, Jay, and Blue attend the 2018 Grammy Awards. Jay walked in with the most nominations at eight, but he and his album "4:44" were ultimately shut out. Luckily, he'll always have Beyonce to keep him warm at night.
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