The real story behind the Beyoncé photobomb: Truth missing in wild, viral tale
Viral word spread that while performing on stage in Melbourne, Texas' own entertainment superstar Beyoncé photobombed a fan's selfie this week. The photo, taken by a 15-year-old Australian girl named Valentina, was quickly posted to Tumblr and instantly became an Internet sensation.
Media outlet after media outlet reported that the fan worked her way up to the front of the stage and was fortunate enough for Beyoncé to photobomb her.
It's an incredible, amazing story. But it isn't quite true.
Although the photo in question was definitely taken while Beyoncé was performing on her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, the fan took to her Tumblr on Wednesday to clear up any confusion, clarifying that she had actually asked the singer to take the picture with her.
Her Tumblr post, entitled "THE TRUTH," reads: "I have been the girl that got her selfie 'photobombed' by Beyonce [but], in fact, I asked her for the photo. She posed and smiled as the perfect person she is! Just thought I’d clear the air."
The teen also added a link to a YouTube video that shows her clearly asking the singer to oblige her with a photo.
The confusion arose after Valentina originally posted on Tumblr that she didn't expect Beyoncé to look at her phone. Many interpreted this to mean that the singer had surprised her by sneaking into the photo, rather than that she was merely shocked Beyoncé had agreed to pose with her.
While the idea of Beyoncé photobombing a fan's selfie is more exciting than the real story, it's still quite impressive that the superstar posed for the photo — and grabbed Valentina's friend's hand, as seen in the video — all while in the middle performing a concert.