Before Jay Z, there was Lyndell Locke. The Houston chef was Beyonce’s boyfriend for nine years, however Locke ended up cheating on the pop-superstar-to-be since he could no longer wait on Bey, who was a Chirstian girl who didn’t believe in sex before marriage. Locke has spoken out to say what it was like to date Beyonce, as well as revealing how “Beyonce was the most beautiful girl I’d ever seen,” adding, “and she’d still be mine if I’d not cheated on her.”
Speaking on the relationship, Lyndell said, “Beyonce was the love of my life and I was hers, so losing her is still my biggest regret. She would say to me all the time, ‘I’m afraid to ever live my life without you Lyndell, I want you to be mine for ever’. I’ll be honest — it was me that messed everything up and lost her for ever to Jay Z, but I deserved it.” Locke went on, “Who cheats on a woman as beautiful as Beyonce? Well, I am that man, and it’s something that’ll always haunt me.”
Locke revealed how he met Beyonce at a church youth group session when he was 13, and she was just 11, saying, “From the first time I saw Beyonce I couldn’t take my eyes off of her. She looked like an angel, the most beautiful girl I’d ever seen. We’d hang out after school and almost every night we’d fall asleep talking to each other on the phone.” However, Locke did not realize Beyonce’s singing talents, “She was just so shy, she was a bit of an outcast at school and didn’t even sing in the choir,” he revealed. “For two years I didn’t know she could sing. We spent hours watching movies together and playing Connect 4.” However, Lyndell knew that Bey could dance, as he recalled, “Some of our most fun times was when I watched Beyonce, her sister Solange and Kelly performing dance routines. So while I had no idea how good her voice was back then, I certainly knew she could move.”
Even after all these years, Lyndell remembers their first kiss, saying, “It was just after Beyonce’s 15th birthday. I surprised her with Brian McKnight concert tickets and it happened that night. I had got popcorn and, as we were sitting in our seats, I dropped it. As we both went down to grab it we bumped heads, and locked into our first kiss. We both just looked at each other, realizing there was this incredible spark of fireworks between us. It was that fairytale kiss you only hear about in the movies. That was the first feeling of true love between me and Beyonce. Still, to this day, I’ve never had another kiss as passionate as that one.”
However, as Beyonce’s career began to take off, Lyndell found himself confused by feelings that he was not good enough for her, “The bigger star she became, the more I didn’t think I was good enough. One night, when she was out of town, I went to a bar with friends and ended up sleeping with another woman. Over the course of a few years I cheated on her about five times, but I never told her until after we broke up.”
He went on, “She was such a great girl who cared about me deeply, she even wrote her hit Dangerously in Love while we were together. That’s how in love we were back then. Initially, my intention was to take a break from our relationship so I could go to culinary school and make a name for myself. But when I headed to Austin to do the course she quickly moved on with her own life.”
Beyonce met and hooked up with Jay Z, and Lyndell knew it was too late for him, “Once she began dating Jay Z, I knew we were doomed and I could never win her back. But I know that, no matter what, she will always love me. I will always wonder ‘What if?’ and, given all we shared, I’m sure a part of her must feel the same way.”
We feel a little bit sorry for Lyndell, as he clearly still has strong feelings for Beyonce, however, he made a mistake, and it cost him dear. Perhaps his story can be a life lesson for another young person, so that they don’t miss out on finding lasting love with the next Beyonce!