Beyonce and Jay Z at a hotel in New York
Beyoncé and Jay Z at a hotel in New York (Instagram)
Beyoncé and Jay Z at a hotel in New York (Instagram)

The awestruck woman in Beyoncé’s Instagram photo says she posted it so “people would believe me”

“I felt like I’d been hugged by an angel,” Susan Monaghan said

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By Yomi Adegoke on

These days, iconic Instagram posts from Beyoncé remain a regular affair. But one recently uploaded image, from the night of the Grammys, truly spoke to us all: a snap of a woman, eyes wide and mouth wider in utter awe, as Beyoncé and her husband, Jay-Z, passed through the lobby of a New York hotel.

The woman was Susan Monaghan, who shot to fame when Beyoncé posted the picture of her on Instagram this week. And, amazingly, the purpose of posting the image was apparently two-fold: a hat-tip to Beyoncé’s angel-on-earth status and a wry wink and nudge at the woman in the picture, Susan Monaghan, who says Beyoncé posted it to ensure people believe the encounter took place.

Monaghan said she was in New York with her family last week to attend her granddaughter’s gymnastics competition and celebrate her daughter’s birthday. After returning to the hotel from dinner, she bumped into the royal couple in the hotel lobby but, like most of us, only had eyes for the Queen Bee.

“I was like ‘Oh, my God!’,” Monaghan said. “I looked at her and all I could think was, ‘No one is going to believe me. No one is going to believe me.’”

She was so in shock that she began to say it out loud, and Beyoncé telepathically replied by, in Monaghan’s words, flashing her a smile that said, “Don’t worry, it’s going to be OK.” 

“It was so calming and so surreal,” she said. “I swear, I felt like I was hugged by an angel.”

When asked why she thinks Beyoncé uploaded the picture alongside the host of other, less candid shots, Monaghan didn’t have to think twice: “I think she posted it for me. So people would believe me.”

“I think it’s hysterical,” Monaghan says, “Strange things happen to me.”

And Beyoncé’s plan worked. After the run-in, Monaghan rushed to tell her daughter, Jenn, and granddaughter about what happened. As she and Beyoncé had suspected, they were initially sceptical but then, the next day, Jenn received a text that Monaghan’s picture was circulating online.

“We started dying laughing,” Jenn said. “And she’s like, ‘I told you I met them!’”

The instantly iconic image immediately went viral, gaining over four million likes on Beyoncé’s account and prompting fans around the world to declare that Monaghan is, unequivocally, all of us.

“I think it’s hysterical,” Monaghan says, “Strange things happen to me.”

Aside from providing another much-needed iteration of Tiffany “New York” Pollard’s infamous “Beyoncé?” gif, Monaghan is part of a private joke with the songstress herself. Monaghan is living the dream.  


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