Celebrity / 25-02-2020

Beyonce banned photographers from taking her pictures at Kobe Bryant memorial

Beyonce, who performed a tribute of her song XO to open the proceedings, later released her own personal photos of the event on her official website

Beyonce banned photographers from taking her pictures at Kobe Bryant memorial

Beyonce , reportedly banned photographers from taking her picture at Kobe Bryant 's memorial on Monday.

The singer, 38, opened the proceedings at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles with a beautiful and heartfelt rendition of her hit song XO.

Kim Kardashian and her husband Kayne West joined the galaxy of stars in attendance of the ceremony remembering Kobe and his late daughter Gianna after they died in a helicopter crash in January.

Dressed in a tailored gold suit, she was visibly filled with emotion as her voice noticeably cracked during the performance dedicated to the late basketball player.

Beyonce shared the track was one of former Los Angeles Laker's favourite songs.

Despite it being a public event, it's claimed Queen B wanted to ensure no one took her picture while she attended the ceremony.

Beyonce banned photographers from taking her photo at the Kobe Bryant memorial

Beyonce performed a moving tribute of her song XO for the basketball legend

An insider told Page Six : “It is so offensive to Kobe’s family and the fans, Beyonce is so controlling of her image — she usually only allows approved selected images of her to be released — so no photographers at the Kobe memorial were allowed to take her picture."

No other celebrities including those also performed were known to have asked for their pictures not to be taken, according to reports.

Alicia Keys and Christina Aguilera took to the stage over the course of the evening to pay tribute.

Beyonce changed the lyrics to her song XO so she didn't trigger painful memories

The insider continued: "This doesn’t help Beyonce’s image at all, it hurts her. It makes her look like a diva. The memorial wasn’t about her."

The Mirror reached out to Beyonce's representatives for further comment.

The mother of three's own personal pictures of her from the memorial later popped up on her official website.

In 2013, Beyonce's publicist asked news websites to take down unflattering pictures of the singer taken during her half time show at the superbowl.

The sold-out memorial service was a tear-jerker of an affair with many of the speeches bringing attendees close to tears.

Beyonce sang with a choir at the Staples Centre event in Los Angeles

Beyonce's Lakers jersey and nails were also in tribute to Kobe and his his daughter Gianna

Singer Jennifer Lopez, who was there with fiancé Alex Rodriguez, was filmed with tears streaming down her face when Kobe's wife Vanessa got up to speak.

The widow dedicated time to her daughter Gianna, who she affectionately referred to as 'baby girl', and then her husband Kobe during her moving speech.

Beyonce was also seen placing her hand on Vanessa's arm to comfort her as she struggled to hold her emotions during the event.

In contrast for the criticism she received for not allowing photos, the Grammy winner was praised for changing the lyrics of her song XO in order to avoid triggering painful memories and emotions for mourners in attendance at the special event.

As she sang XO, she swapped the lyrics "crashing into you" for "laughing into you".

She also altered the lyrics "You kill me boy XO" to "Just kiss me boy XO".

A fan wrote on Twitter : "Just watched the video of Beyoncé paying tribute at Kobe & Gigi Bryant’s memorial and it was so beautiful. The way she changed the lyrics in XO from “crashing into you” to “laughing into you” so she wouldn’t trigger anybody was so thoughtful."

25-02-2020 16:00, source: irishmirror, by James Foster
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