After J. Randy Taraborelli's book, Becoming Beyonce, claimed that a publicist had lied about an affair between Jay Z and Rihanna to drum up press, Jonathan Hay is speaking out.
"I was desperate at the time because I wanted to have a hit record,” Hay, who in the book claims he worked with Rihanna’s then-producer, told Inside Edition. "We were young and stupid."
(UPDATE: A lawyer for Rihanna, Jordan Siev of law firm Reed Smith, tells ET that Hay has never represented Riri and that the two have never even met.)
In a statement to ET, Hay said that he had not read Becoming Beyonce and that the release of the book "came at the worse [sic] time for me professionally." Hay said he is a Tidal Rising producer, which is part of the Jay Z-owned streaming service.
"I'm surprised that people are even talking about this still because I admitted this in the press seven or eight years ago," he said, adding later, "I brought the truth out on my own years ago because I was feeling convicted [sic] about it then and wanted to clear the air."
Meanwhile, Taborelli claims the stunt led to Beyonce and Jay Z splitting in 2005, before getting back together.
Hay says that today, he would say "I'm sorry" to Beyonce and Rihanna.
Becoming Beyonce, an unauthorized tell-all promising to revealing Queen Bey's secrets to the world, has fans buzzing. Press play on the video below to find out more.