Queen Bey says the controversy over her trip to Cuba with her megastar husband “was shocking” to her because she did not think it would create such a stir.
While talking to ABC News in London, where Mrs. Carter is currently touring, she opened up about the madness that circulated her fifth anniversary trip to the communist Island last month.
“You know it was such a beautiful trip,” said a glowing Beyoncé. “I met some incredible children. I visited some incredible entrepreneurs. You know I learned so much about so many people and the country,” she said.
The controversy began when the Carters (Shawn Carter is Jay Z’s real last name) took a trip to Cuba, which coincided with the couple's fifth wedding anniversary. The Treasury Department said the power couple was licensed to travel to the communist island for educational and cultural reasons and thus did not break the law.
But U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, both Republicans from South Florida, questioned the trip and said it was inappropriate.
"The restrictions on tourism travel are commonsense measures meant to prevent U.S. dollars from supporting a murderous regime that opposes U.S. security interests at every turn and which ruthlessly suppresses the most basic liberties of speech, assembly and belief," the lawmakers wrote.
Jay- Z responded to the politicians who criticized his recent trip with his own song called “Open Letter,” which went viral minutes after the rapper/entrepreneur put the song on his website.
The song, which the rapper debuted last month, caused quite the buzz because its lyrics suggested President Barack Obama bent the rules for him and his wife.
The White House issued a statement denying the Obama administration had anything to do with the Cuba trip, other than the Treasury department clearing them to travel to the island.
"I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury," joked Obama's press secretary Jay Carney. "The White House, from the president on down, had nothing to do with anybody's ... travel to Cuba. That is something that Treasury handles."