Rita Ora has been forced to issue a Twitter denial after fans of Beyonce linked her with allegations of infidelity hinted at in her new album Lemonade.
The British pop star was targeted after confusion arose over a picture she posted of her wearing underwear with a lemon pattern.
Beyonce’s fans, nicknamed the “Beyhive”, reacted by turning their guns on the RIP singer.
Some accused Ora of taunting Beyonce, who is married to Jay Z, the owner of Ora’s former record label Roc Nation.
Others unleashed a torrent of abuse on Instagram.
@avrillavince tweeted: “jay z cheated on beyonce for RITA ORA????????????????”
Theyoncé said: “how can you go cheat on Beyoncé for Rita Ora? like that’s literally the definition of throwing a diamond for a rock”.
Tania responded: “Of course the only way Rita Ora can end up trending is when it has to do with Beyonce…”
Many linked Ora with a woman mentioned by Beyonce in Lemonade, referred to as “Becky with the good hair”.
But Kosovo-born Ora put out a statement on Twitter denying any affair with Jay Z.
She tweeted: “I never usually address tabloid gossip but let me be clear, these rumours are false.
“I have nothing but the utmost respect for Beyonce. Let’s continue enjoying Lemonade.”
Earlier, the “Beyhive” had targeted fashion designer Rachel Roy in the belief that she was Becky, because Ms Roy tweeted about having “good hair”.
The release of Lemonade on Saturday night on Tidal and its subsequent release on iTunes has prompted a deluge of speculation about whether Beyonce is accusing her husband of having been unfaithful.
Soon after signing for Roc Nation in 2008, Ora made a cameo appearance in Jay Z’s video for Young Forever, she told the New York Times in 2012.
But, despite a successful album and a series of hits, she filed a lawsuit against Roc Nation in December last year according to The Hollywood Reporter, because, she said, the label was failing to promote her.