On Monday, the website TMZ posted the video of Solange Knowles, the singer, hitting and kicking her brother-in-law Jay Z. Beyoncé (Solange Knowles' sister and Jay Z's wife) appeared not to intervene in any way. Speculation has been rampant across the Internet -- but, today, Beyoncé, Solange and Jay Z attempted to quiet the chatter.
In a joint statement to the Associated Press, the family said: "As a result of the public release of the elevator security footage from Monday, May 5th, there has been a great deal of speculation about what triggered the unfortunate incident. But the most important thing is that our family has worked through it."
They go on to note that both Jay Z and Solange had apologized to one another -- without explaining in any way what Jay Z might have to apologize for. (The joint statement does, though, assert that Solange was not drunk or "displaying erratic behavior," as has been speculated.) Indeed, they write: "At the end of the day families have problems and we're no different. We love each other and above all we are family. We've put this behind us and hope everyone else will do the same."
It seems unlikely that Beyoncé and Jay Z, two megastars who have the power to create their own gravity, will be addressing the incident in interviews going forward; we may never know why Solange attacked Jay Z. But, in the absence of clues and with all three celebrities involved presenting a united front, the countdown to the speculation eventually drying up except in the Internet's most obsessive corners begins now.