BEYONCE Knowles had a full blown meltdown when she thought she’d lost her 80-carat designer emerald earrings that she was set to wear onstage at Barack Obama’s inauguration.
When the Single Ladies singer hit her D.C. hotel she blew a fuse when she discovered the jewelry — worth a whopping $1.8 million — had suddenly disappeared.
“After she and hubby Jay-Z checked into their hotel, Beyonce unpacked her bags and couldn’t find the earrings – which cost more than a luxury home,” a source told American tabloid the National Enquirer.
“She rummaged through her luggage in a panic, getting her maid – and other housekeepers – to join the search.”
Jay-Z, who’d stepped out of the suite, returned to chaos as Bey tore the place apart.
Begging his babe to chill, he asked: “Did you check your purse?”
Beyonce replied, “You think I’m an idiot? Of course I did!”
“Jay quietly urged her to check again, so she opened it up to show him, and… Voila!…there were the earrings! Beyonce gasped. She thought she’d checked her purse, but it turned out she’d been so stressed, she actually hadn’t!” said the source.
“Beyonce then handed the maid a $500 reward for helping search – and Jay went NUTS.
“He told Beyonce, ‘Man, I’m the one who found them! Why don’t you pay ME?’ ”
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