Lyndall Locke says he started dating Queen B when she was just 12 years old.
Although it might feel like it, Beyoncé wasn’t always with Jay Z. No, just like the rest of us, she had a first love whom she probably thought she’d be with forever. But unlike the rest of us, her first relationship ended when she became a household name.
Back in Houston, Texas (It raised her, baby!), Queen Bey dated one of us mere mortals, Lyndall Locke. According to his interview in the Daily Mail, the two were introduced by Human Perfection Kelly Rowland when she was 12 years old (he was 14) and hit it off immediately. However, even at that young of an age, Beyoncé was already a workaholic in chase of her dreams. She’d been training since she was 5, and no fine young man was going to distract her from her rightful destiny. Man, Bey is so inspirational.
Even though Bey was fixated on the limelight, she still took time out of her busy schedule to do everyday stuff with Locke. “Beyoncé came to my high-school prom with me. It was a great evening. She laughed and danced and told me, ‘Lyndall, it’s so great to be normal, to be a kid.'”
In the most unbelievable bit of the story, Lyndall admits to cheating on Beyoncé several times. How is he still alive? I’m pretty sure if you cheat on Bey, you are sucked into a hell mouth like you belong, never to be heard from again. But moving on. He says both times Beyoncé forgave him because she’s a magnanimous goddess and also, her family knew “I wasn’t after anything from them.”
There are lots of good stories from Lyndall on his relationship with Beyonce, including this one about the time he was driving Beyoncé, then 16, and her cousin Angie to the beach in a five-car convoy of friends:
“A car suddenly pulled in front of me, crossed to the side of the road then flipped and fell right off the highway.”
Lyndall screeched to a halt and raced down the embankment to check on the occupants of the other car (who were unharmed). When he returned, Beyoncé and Angie had driven off. “When I finally got a lift home I was furious.” Beyoncé told me, “I can’t be around a mess like that. I have to think smart and staying there would not have been smart.”
In 1996, Beyoncé had her first hit as a member of Destiny’s Child. This was the beginning of the end for her and Lyndall. She was constantly promoting the girl group’s first album and Lyndall was home, getting high.
Then, after Destiny’s Child’s second album, things really fell apart:
“She was promoting Destiny Child’s second album and I was back home smoking weed. I didn’t want that to somehow reflect badly on her. She was all about image and career, while I was directionless and having fun. Once they started to hit big it was obvious she was changing. … She became aloof. I told her she was becoming a whole new kind of person and she looked at me and said, ‘I am.’
“I told her, ‘I wish we could have a normal life’ and she said, ‘I don’t want a normal life. I’ve been waiting for this since I was a kid.'”
But before it was officially over, Lyndall even got to meet Janet Jackson! (However, it didn’t go super well.)
Beyoncé secured backstage passes to see Janet Jackson perform in LA in 2000 and took Lyndall along. “I jabbered on to Janet, I was nervous”, he explains. “Janet said, ‘You remind me of one of my nephews’ and I said, ‘Well, your nephew must be pretty awesome!'”
Clearly embarrassed by his gauche behaviour, “Beyoncé huddled with her cousin Angie, and Angie came over and escorted me out. That hurt. It cut deep. I was 20, I was excited to meet Janet Jackson, but they had an image to protect. It was business for them. I wasn’t cool.”
Their relationship officially fizzled in 2003 when Lyndall confronted her about rumors that she and Jay Z were a pair. She allegedly told him that Jay Z wasn’t even “her type” but, as we all know, that is very much not true. Lyndall knew it too, and so they agreed to take a break, and we all know that means. Heartbreak, USA: Population: Lyndall Locke.
But today, Lyndall is doing great. He owns a catering company in Texas and has two children with his long-time love. Although he no longer speaks to Beyoncé, he’s hoping for a Blue Ivy playdate one day. Join the club, buddy.