Damon Dash Talks Rachel Roy and ‘Becky with the Good Hair’ Rumors
Damon Dash believes the rumors about Rachel Roy being “Becky with the good hair” — A.K.A. Jay Z’s alleged mistress — from Beyoncé‘s Lemonade have affected his family. Though Dash, who co-founded Roc-A-Fella Records with Jay, is now separated from Roy, he still thinks those speculations are taking a toll on their two daughters.
“She is my ex-wife and she is the mother of my children, my two daughters, so I don’t care about none of that,” he told Access Hollywood. “The only issue I had is them putting pressure on my children.”
“For me it’s the history between me and Jay and me being his partner at the time in Roc-A-Feller and Rocawear and all that and best friend,” he continued. “Of course on a human level it would bother me.”
Dash and Jay Z’s relationship soured in 2003 when Roc-A-Fella Records was sold to Def Jam Recordings when the latter took the job as Def Jam’s president. A year later, Jay bought out Dash’s stake in the Rocawear clothing label. At the time, Dash was dating Roy.
For Dash, he felt it wasn’t fair for the past — regardless if rumors of the affair are true or not — to be aired out in public. The entrepreneur said it was a sign of “disrespect” for people to talk about the allegations in front of his children.
“Talullah, she’s oblivious and we just blocked her Instagram,” Dash said of his daughter. “And Ava, she took it like a champ.”
“The worst respect of all time is to disrespect someone’s children,” he added. ‘The way I was feeling about it, is that anyone who would harass a child is a coward. I have been in rap for a while but I have never had anyone disrespect my child.”
Following Lemonade’s release, Roy denied accusations that she had an affair with Jay Z, saying, “There is no validity to the idea that the song references me personally. There is no truth to the rumors.”