Beyonce's new album, 'Lemonade,' fuels rumors of cheating

Story highlights

  • Fans speculate over lyrics that refer to a cheating spouse
  • Singer covers love, empowerment and Black Lives Matter movement on new album
  • The "visual album" was unveiled on HBO and Tidal, a streaming service Jay Z owns

(CNN)We finally know what Beyonce's mysterious "Lemonade" actually is.

Using spoken word, fashion and lyrics about relationships, infidelity, empowerment and love, the singer presented her new music Saturday night in a series of stylized music videos.
    She told the story of a woman not to be trifled with. The "visual album" offered something the music world has never seen before. The Internet responded accordingly.
    "Lemonade" was an ode to black women, and a deeply personal story at the same time. Beyonce shared home movies of her father, her wedding to rapper Jay Z, her pregnancy and daughter Blue Ivy's birthday party.
    Beyonce also made a statement through the appearances of women holding photos of black men who have been killed. Among the women were the mothers of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, who held images of their late sons. The chapter was marked "Resurrection."
    The nuanced and layered lyrics touched on many other themes, including infidelity, though it wasn't clear who was being referenced.
    That led to fans trying to read the tea leaves regarding the state of Beyonce's marriage to Jay Z.
    There have long been rumors, which were heightened in May 2014 after the infamous elevator incident involving the couple and her sister, Solange Knowles.
    But the video presentation Saturday ended on a happy note for Bey and Jay, featuring images of them as a happy family along with daughter Blue Ivy.
    As "Lemonade" wrapped, the new album of the same name appeared on Tidal, Jay Z's streaming service.
    The Beyonce faithful had eagerly awaited the "world premiere event" on HBO, which is owned by Time Warner, CNN's parent company. HBO offered a free preview weekend.
    The Beyhive (as her devout fans are known) have been waiting not so patiently since February 6 when her single "Formation" debuted on Tidal and its controversial video dropped on YouTube.
    The video contained imagery connected to the Black Lives Matter movement. Coupled with Beyonce's provocative lyrics, the images inspired much conversation about matters of race and culture.
    The debate intensified the next day when the superstar performed with Coldplay and Bruno Mars during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show. Her appearance with backup dancers dressed in Black Panther-style military gear incensed some who accused her of being anti-police.
    Since then, fans have speculated about "Project Lemonade." They pointed to "clues," including photos of lemons Beyonce posted on social media.

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    Now, finally, mystery solved.