Beyonce posted a photo of Jay Z and Blue Ivy online today, a move that many interpreted as her way of responding to the storm of rumors surrounding her family without issuing a formal statement.
However, sources close to the first couple of hip hop say Queen Bey is simply delaying the inevitable and the Carters have already formulated a strategy for how to break the news of their separation to the media.
"It's only a matter of time [until they split]," says a source close to the couple. "It's so obvious now it's embarrassing."
Reports say Beyonce was hunting for apartments in NYC yesterday, with the goal of avoiding having to spend even one night under the same roof as her husband after the conclusion of the tour.
Both Jay and Beyonce have not been wearing wedding rings during recent concert dates.
"This [trouble] has been brewing for longer than anyone knows," adds the insider. "They're performers. And they're good performers. It's a business now, and they are business partners. They don't even fight [anymore]."
And once they announce their split, you know they'll both release best-selling breakup albums. Damn, these two are good.