JAY-Z and Beyoncé stirred up controversy among many on Twitter when they chose not to stand during the National Anthem at this year’s Super Bowl, it turns out they weren’t trying to make any sort of political statement.
JAY-Z recently made an appearance at Columbia University on Tuesday. The music mogul sat for a Q&A with a university professor who asked if he and his wife’s decision to remain seated during Demi Lovato’s delivery of the National Anthem was an attempt to “convey a signal.”
“It actually wasn’t. Sorry.” JAY-Z said, definitively, TMZ reports.
According to the 50-year-old artist — who recently partnered with the National Football League to collaborate on entertainment events — he and his wife “immediately jumped into artist mode” during the performance, and didn’t mean to make it look like they were making any sort of political statement.