Born Beyoncé Giselle Knowles, on September 4, 1981, in Houston, Texas, Beyoncé's singing talent exposed itself at an early age. Alongside her cousin, Kelly Rowland, and two other classmates, Beyoncé created an all-female singing group with her father, Matthew Knowles, as their manager. Destiny's Child was born and in 1997, the group landed a record deal with Columbia Records. While their first album debut established them as a popular R&B group, Destiny's Child second album release earned their first No. 1 single on the pop charts with "Bills, Bills, Bill."
With the success of the group, Beyonce branched out and made her acting debut in the 2001 MTV's Carmen: A Hip Hopera. She later showed off her comedic chops with her performance in the spy parody Goldmember, alongside the always-funny Mike Meyers. In 2003, Beyoncé returned her focus to her musical career by establishing herself as solo artist and premiering her first album, Dangerously in Love. The album was a success, selling millions of copies and earning Beyoncé five Grammy Awards. The album featured a variety of well-known artists, including Missy Elliott and Jay-Z, who she was rumored to be dating. In 2004, Destiny's Child released their last album, Destiny Fulfilled, and broke up shortly after.
Beyonce's solo career continued to flourish with the release of her second album B'Day in 2006, which featured the hits "Irreplaceable" and "Beautiful Liar." She returned to the big screen, opposite Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy in Dreamgirls, an adaptation of the same name Broadway hit.
In 2008, Beyoncé and music mogul Jay-Z married in a private ceremony in New York City. Although a newlywed, Beyoncé continued to promote her latest album, I am... Sasha Fierce, which featured the two huge, hits "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" and "If I Were a Boy." She later went on to star as R&B legend Etta James in Cadillac Records and ended out the year by singing James' trademark song "At Last" for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at his inaugural.
On top of her acting and performing success, Beyoncé and her mother run the clothing line House of Dereon. She launched her personal fragrance, Heat, in 2010 even though she's highly allergic to perfume. She has also appeared as a spokesperson and promotional model for L'Oreal and Tommy Hilfiger.
Beyoncé's most successful moment of her career and life occurred on January 7, 2012, when she and her hubby welcomed their baby girl, Blue Ivy Carter, into the world. To keep the paparazzi out, they rented out an entire floor of New York's Lenox Hill Hospital.
Beyonce Dating History Timeline – Boyfriends Before Jay-Z
1993 - 2000
Beyoncé and Lyndell Locke dated from the time she was 12 to when she was 19, during which Destiny's Child was taking off. Beyoncé became a huge star while Lyndell became a chef and lives in Houston, Texas.
1998 - 1999
Beyoncé has stated to many sources that she didn't date anyone before marrying her beau, Jay-Z. However, rumors have it that she and singer Marques Houston dated at one time.
2002 - 2007
Beyoncé and Jay-Z never confirmed reports that the two were dating and did everything they could to keep their relationship hidden from the press. Senior writer for OK! Magazine, Laura Schreffler, said, "They are intensely private people."
April 2008 - Present
Jay-Z finally put a ring on it on April 4 in New York City on his penthouse terrace but it was made public on April 22, 2008. Beyoncé didn't show off her bling until the Fashion Rocks concert on September 5, 2008, in New York City. Secretive much?