They are the billion dollar couple whose marriage has been a carefully orchestrated affair - even down to the announcement of their first child live on TV. But as rumors continue to swirl surrounding an impending split between Jay Z and Beyoncé, sources say the rapper is desperate to save his marriage and plans to whisk his superstar wife away on a five-week 'make or break' vacation in between their final tour dates.
A source revealed that Jay Z is trying to persuade Beyoncé - who is now looking at apartments in both New York AND LA - to join him, saying: 'Jay wants to save the marriage, they have their final US tour date in San Francisco on August 6 and then they have two dates in Paris from September 12 - that's it.
'He adores his daughter Blue Ivy and he wants a sibling for her, but Beyoncé isn't sure what she wants to do - their marriage is in flux, that's the truth. Jay just wants them to spend some time alone together to try and work it out.
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'And it's not just throwing away a marriage - it's throwing away a brand. But it may be that Bey has just had enough. She has some trust issues with Jay.'
The couple are currently on the West Coast on their On The Run Tour, from which they stand to earn up to $120 million.
The source said their marriage has not been the same since they became parents and settled down to family life with their daughter, now two. The stress is said to have led them to a point where Beyoncé yet again hinted at marital strife.
At their concert at Seattle's Safeco Field on Wednesday night, she once more changed the lyrics to her 2006 song, Resentment - and was clearly seen without a wedding band.
During the song, which is about a cheating scandal, she altered the track to reflect the current length of her romance with the rapper, singing: 'Been ridin' with you for twelve years. Why did I deserve to be treated this way by you?'
The original lyric should read: ''Been ridin' with you for six years.'
She also changed the line, 'Like I couldn't do it for you like your mistress could'' to 'Like I couldn't do it for you like that wack b***h could.'
And for now, Beyoncé keeps on staff her veteran bodyguard Julius De Boer, who remains one of her closest 'confidants' and 'knows everything,' according to the source.
Indeed, it was was Julius, a Dutchman, believed to be a divorced father-of-one, who prevented Beyoncé's younger sister Solange Knowles from attacking Jay Z in her new infamous elevator attack at a bash following the Met Ball in May.
Despite reports that the furious row between Solange and Jay was over his close friendship with singer Rihanna, a source claimed that his relationship with his former protégé is not believed to be romantic.