AceShowbiz - Beyonce Knowles has broken her silence after her new album "Renaissance" leaked two days before its official release. Taking to her Instagram account, the R&B diva expressed her gratitude to her fans who took a stand against the premature release.
On Thursday, July 28, just before the album was officially released, Queen Bey penned a note to Beyhive addressing the leak. "so the album leaked, and you all actually waited until the proper release time so you all can enjoy it together," she wrote in the since-deleted post. "I've never seen anything like it. I can't thank y'all enough for your love and protection."
Moved by Beyhive's support, she continued, "I appreciate you for calling out anyone that was trying to sneak into the club early. It means the world to me. Thank you for your unwavering support. Thank you for being patient."
"We are going to take out rime and enjoy the music," the former Destiny's Child member added. She concluded her message with a promise, "I will continue to give my all and do my best to bring you joy. I love you deep."
On Wednesday morning, a French fan revealed that physical copies of "Renaissance" had been available for sale in France. Variety later confirmed that it's able to find "high-quality flac files that certainly sound like the album within a matter of minutes."
Beyhive fought against further spreading the leaked album, with one fan reacting to the news, "I will not leak it. She worked on it for months and it's not for me to ruin it." Another slammed those who leaked the album, "Y'all weirdos for trying to leak the album." A third echoed the sentiment as tweeting, "Y'll think y'all cute tryna leak & spread Beyonce's album but... she's gonna get y'all & THE STORES that sold it to y'all."
"Renaissance" was eventually released on Thursday at midnight. According to a press release, "The originator of the visual album format decided to lead without visuals giving fans the opportunity to be limitless in their expansive listening journey. It is a chance again to be listeners and not viewers, while taking in every gem of the pristine production."