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Contrary to a recent tabloid report, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, 36 (pictured left), did not pay nearly $1 million dollars to purchase a church building in New Orleans, Louisiana.
TMZ reported over this past weekend that the “Formation” hit maker plucked down around $850,000 to buy a 7,500 square foot piece of real estate, which was formerly used as a church. However, the building has not been open for services to the public for quite some time.
Also, the church has some history attached to it and is over 100 years old. The building is primarily made of stone and is surrounded by a grove of trees in New Orleans’ Garden District. However, a legitimate representative for Beyoncé had not officially confirmed the purchase.
Earlier today, Curbed NOLA, a local New Orleans news website reported that the Noble Jones Trust purchased the church, not Beyoncé. However, Vernell Jackson Keys, a legitimate representative of the Noble Jones Trust who signed off on the sale is closely connected to Beyoncé’s family.
Mrs. Jackson-Keys and Beyoncé’s mother Tina Knowles-Lawson are best friends. The church in this case was formerly called the Seventh & Camp Church of Christ and was listed as sold by Redfin on May 9, 2018.
Beyoncé and religion have made the headlines before but not for reasons associated with her buying a church building. Rather, numerous reports have surfaced in the recent and not-so-recent past about special church services being dedicated to Beyoncé for the purpose of giving her God-like praise.
More recently, Reverend Yolanda Norton of the Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, California sponsored her church’s first ever “Beyoncé Mass,” which featured the singing of some of the star’s solo hits, as well as songs she performed with her former girl group Destiny’s Child.
“When we talk about womanist biblical interpretation, Beyoncé felt like a natural fit,” Norton said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
“If we look at the trajectory of her person and her relationships, we can see so many issues black women face and how it can affect how we interpret the text,” the theologian continued.