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Huddled close together and smiling happily for the camera, Beyoncé, Jay Z and Solange appeared picture perfect as they posed alongside the girls' mother, Tina Knowles, for a family snapshot on May 17.
But the photo, posted to Beyoncé's website, has done little to squash the tension felt by the family in the aftermath of Solange's brutal and explosive attack on her sister’s husband at a Met Gala after party less than two weeks ago.
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In fact, those closest to the Knowles sisters believe the pictures are all part of the elaborate cover up being put in place to hide the truth — that Beyoncé and Jay Z are heading towards one of the biggest and ugliest divorces in celebrity history.
"Beyoncé is extremely careful about her image, and everything she does is thought out and planned," a family insider reveals in this week’s issue of Life & Style, on stands now. "She is obsessed with them appearing as the perfect family."
But the reality is very different. With rumors of cheating, violent fights, name-calling and extreme jealousy, the couple are now struggling to maintain their fairytale facade.
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"It's been really rocky for them," says the insider. "There is trouble in paradise. Divorce is inevitable — and Beyoncé's only option."
But with a joint fortune estimated at over $900 million, and 2-year-old daughter Blue Ivy caught in the middle, the separation of the power couple is likely to get very messy.
By Sophie Forbes
For more on the couple's divorce drama — including details about their giant fortune at stake — pick up the new issue of Life & Style, on newsstands now.