Rolling With the Rumors
The search for the actress who was “doing the mostest” the night she bit Beyoncé continues. Kind of.
While some are still skeptical, Sanaa Lathan — who was dubbed Beyoncé’s biter shortly after Girl’s Trip star Tiffany Haddish broke the story — is standing firm in her claims that she “would never do anything malicious like that.” During an interview with Health, the star touched on how she first heard of the… event and how she handled being blamed for it.
“And I think it’s the most absurd thing I’ve ever been involved with,” the 46-year-old said. “Thank God I’ve been in this business for 20 years and have had so many rumors about me. They used to devastate me in my 20s, but in order to survive in this business, you just have to let it roll.”
According to Lathan
According to Lathan, she isn’t worried about the rumors alleging that she bit one of the music industry’s most adored. Calling the stories “pesky,” the actress said she’s skilled at using “tools” to take on “whatever comes up against you.”
The rumors that an actress actually put her teeth on Bey against the singer’s will sparked towards the beginning of this year, stemming from Tiffany Haddish. The star, who gushed about her first time meeting Beyoncé to every outlet possible, was interviewing with GQ when she first told the now-infamous biting story.
As written in GQ‘s interview with Haddish:
“There was this actress there,” continues Haddish, keeping her voice low, “that’s just, like, doing the mostest.” One of the most things she did? “She bit Beyoncé in the face.”
Haddish declines to name the actress.
(“I absolutely cannot comment on any of this, as I have no knowledge,” said Beyoncé’s representative, Yvette Noel-Schure, when GQ sought confirmation from the singer.)
“So Beyoncé stormed away,” Haddish says, “went up to Jay-Z, and was like, ‘Jay! Come here! This b***h—’ and snatched him. They went to the back of the room. I was like, ‘What just happened?’ And Beyoncé’s friend walked up and was like, ‘Can you believe this b**ch just bit Beyoncé?’ ”
“And so then…,” she continues, “a lot of things happened.”
The interview went on to reveal that the actress-who-shall-not-be-named picked on Tiffany herself, telling the star to stop dancing. Her comments upset Tiffany so much that she ended up telling Beyoncé, “I’m going to beat somebody a** at your party.”
According to Tiffany, Bey was able to calm her down and prevent a physical altercation by taking a selfie with her… which is where the photo posted on Tiffany’s Instagram came from.
“Haddish says she told Beyoncé, ‘I’m going to beat somebody a** at your party. I just want to let you know that.’ Beyoncé asked her not to—told her to ‘have fun’ instead. (Haddish leveraged this moment into a selfie with Beyoncé.),” read the QG profile.
However, according to Lathan, Haddish wasn’t talking about her. “I adore Beyoncé. I would never do anything malicious like that — to her, or to anymore,” she said during her chat with Health.
Despite TMZ‘s reports that sources close to Haddish swore that Lathan is guilty — with one insider revealing that the bite was “playful and noninvasive” — Lathan went on to call the ordeal “bizarre” and “crazy” before moving on to other topics.