Jay Z and BeyoncĂ© Knowles did not attend Kanye Westâ€™s wedding.
The "Holy Grail" hitmaker, who was expected to be his close friend and collaboratorâ€™s best man, reportedly decided to spend the weekend with his wife in The Hamptons, New York, in favor of attending the rapperâ€™s nuptials to Kim Kardashian, 33, in Florence, Italy, Saturday, May 24.
Sources told UsMagazine.com that Jay, 44, bailed on the coupleâ€™s wedding at the Forte di Belvedere at the last minute, as he wanted to enjoy a quiet Memorial Day holiday weekend with BeyoncĂ© and their two-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy.
Shortly before the extravagant wedding got underway, the "XO" singer, 32, who is said to have a "frosty" relationship with Kim, also signalled to fans she wouldnâ€™t be present, as she posted a make-up free photograph of herself in bed on Instagram.
Jay and BeyoncĂ©â€™s absence came as a surprise, as the rapper has been friends with Kanye, 36, for more than 14 years.
The "Bound 2" hitmaker first came to prominence on the rap mogulâ€™s influential 2001 album The Blueprint and they have collaborated many times since then, including on their album Watch The Throne in 2011, which later saw them embark on a sold-out world tour together.
Jay Z previously admitted he felt like Kanyeâ€™s big brother.
Asked about their decision to tour together, he said: "It actually was really easy because of the relationship. Itâ€™s always been a big brother thing and a respect thing."
A small number of celebrities jetted to Italy for the coupleâ€™s celebrations, including John Legendâ€™s model wife Chrissy Teigen, actor Jaden Smith, rappers Tyga and Big Sean, and fashion designer Rachel Roy.
Jay Zâ€™s sister-in-law Solange Knowles attacked him in an elevator at the Met Gala after party on May 5 because she reportedly thought he was flirting with Rachel in front of BeyoncĂ©.
P Diddy sent the couple his best via Twitter, writing: "HUGE blessings and congrats to @KanyeWest and @KimKardashian!!! Love is a beautiful thing!!"