Rita Ora and Katy Perry emerge from Met Gala afterparty with 'Not Becky' badges

Singers mock the ferocity of the Beyhive in recent days after the release of Beyonce's visual album and its allusions to infidelity 

Heather Saul
Tuesday 03 May 2016 20:29
Katy Perry left wearing a 'Not Becky' badge
Katy Perry left wearing a 'Not Becky' badge

For any avoidance of doubt - Rita Ora is not Becky. Oh, and Katy Perry, who has never actually been suspected of being ‘Becky’, would also like to rule herself out as well.

Ora quashed any suggestions she could be the woman “with the good hair” referred to in the song “Sorry” on Beyonce’s album Lemonade by sharing a selfie with the singer during the Met Gala on Monday evening. And to really hammer home her point, she captioned the picture “Family”, with the obligatory love heart emoji necessary to quell any whispers of a feud.

(Rita Ora snapchat/screengrab

Ora and the designer Rachel Roy received torrents of abuse and death threats from Beyonce’s fans amid speculation they could be the woman referred to on Lemonade. Both issued statements on Twitter dismissing accusations and condemning their treatment by some members of the Beyhive.

Reiterating her point, Ora then left a Met Gala afterparty and walked among a throng of photographers with a name tag reading “not Becky”.

Perry also jokingly took preventative action at the afterparty, emerging with the same pin attached to her dress.

Lemonade has prompted much discussion and debate with its politically charged themes, exploration of black female womanhood in America and direct references to infidelity in a marriage that parallel tabloid rumours which have long plagued Beyonce and Jay-Z. Whether or not it reflects on a real affair or a fictional one is still, and will likely always be, unclear.

Beyonce, meanwhile, has yet to address the rumours and debates surrounding her critically acclaimed visual album, although she did dedicate a performance of “Halo” to her “beautiful husband”, who was not present at the Gala.

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