As Beyoncé finished her 15-minute set, her hubby Jay Z — carrying daughter Blue Ivy — presented her with the Video Vanguard Award onstage. And the show came to an end.
But it appears some Florida-based body language expert, named Susan Constantine apparently saw more than what we saw. According to NY Post, Constantine said:
“I see a lot of hurt and pain here. They’re just trying to save face. They feel no emotions toward each other.
Jay Z and Beyoncé are completely distant, and their minds are on something else. Beyoncé feels really uncomfortable.”
Even 2-year-old Blue Ivy was not spared as the body language expert, who also works as a jury consultant, said about the baby:
“I see this sense of sadness. It’s almost like Beyoncé is looking at her going, ‘It’s OK’. And the baby is saying, ‘This doesn’t seem right.’ Children are very perceptive.”
Constantine said she caught all these vibes from the VMA pictures, because pictures could “sometimes be more telling than videos.” Here’s how Constantine analysed Beyoncé’s body language:
Jay Z’s face
“This is what we call a flat face. There’s no expression whatsoever. Happiness would be indicated by upturned corners of the mouth. But he’s less strained than Beyoncé.”
“Neither one of them is looking at each other. Their interest is more in their daughter.”
Beyoncé’s hand over midsection
“She’s blocking her stomach area — the home of emotions in the body — indicating a feeling of vulnerability. Were she feeling comfortable, she’d expose her midsection.”
“Her hips are angled away from her husband, indicating disassociation. In other [older] photos, you see Beyoncé leaning into her husband.”
“Her hands are clasped in a prayer-like way. Happiness would be indicated by raised arms and an extended body. Instead, she’s making herself small. Maybe she’s praying her parents get back together.”
I shall address what I’m about to say to the married women who’ve been married for at least 5 years, because I feel they are the only group of people who’d clearly grasp this, more than others. I’d also love them to chip in their comments.
It’s true that Jay Z and Beyoncé are having problems. She wiped of her ring tattoo. Not only that, a white American friend of mine who lives close to where the couple lodged during their recent On the Run tour, told me they slept in different hotels. So we’ve established that we know they have marriage problems.
But why is it such a big deal? Why do I open the news everyday and find almost everyone finding new ways to prove that Jay and Bey are heading for a divorce? Don’t we all fight with our spouses? Sometimes, the guy leaves the room and sleeps on the couch? The reason my ears are filled with their story on a daily basis is that this “ish goes down when there’s a billion dollars in the spotlight [elevator]” like Bey sang in her Flawless remix.
We all do what Bey and Jay are doing now. We have problems with our spouses but put up a bold public front because we have bigger investments like our children and the homefront that must not crumble due to temporary set backs. Let’s leave them to sort out their differences in peace.
Just like we find ways to find love again with the one we married, these two also have the same chance of working things out as well. In my own opinion, there’s been so much talk about the power couple heading for a breakup. They’ve heard it in the news so many times and knowing t hat EVERYONE WAS WATCHING THEIR EVERY MOVE up on that stage, they were bound to feel nervous and uneasy which might result in some of the unnatural body language Constantine saw. Did you also think of this possibility, Ms. Constantine?
Mr. and Mrs. Carter, I’m rooting for your family to pull through this and finish strong. That you’re not debunking or confirming the rumours sends us one clear message: “This is our private life.” and I respect that.