While speculation has surrounded Jay Z and Beyonce all year, Akon says the duo could be in trouble.
"This could become detrimental for their relationship if they ain't strong enough to keep it together," Akon says in an interview with TMZ.
Akon explains why he believes they are having issues in the public eye.
"Their relationship has been more of a business to the outside world than an actual relationship," he says. "Now, to them, it may be a relationship, but it was presented to the world and it feels more corporate...Let me just speak for myself. I don't want to speak for everyone else. I'm just saying, how it may look from the outside coming in. They were trying to keep that relationship out of the public. When you a person of interest in the public, it's almost impossible to do it without speculation.
"If you become a public figure and you have a relationship, your relationship also becomes public," he adds. "So, if you don't open up to the public and let people understand what this is, they will naturally speculate. Those speculations are gonna be completely opposite or completely wrong of what could really be happening. Now, you gotta answer or reply to what you shouldn't have had to in the first place. It's truly no one's business. But, it becomes a business of the public when you're a person of public interest. It's a matter of them saying, 'How do we go about moving forward?'"
Despite causing a rift in their relationship, Akon believes speculation surrounding their marriage could lead to better music. "What they're going through is going to make great music, better music," he says. "Now, they have more content to think about."
This year, Beyonce and Jay Z have had to handle a lot of speculation surrounding their marriage. In July, many believed Beyonce changed the lyrics to "Resentment" to address rumors of infidelity in their marriage. Radio host Star also said he believed Jay Z was asking Beyonce to "kick rocks" and that he was "regulating" her. Earlier this year, the couple faced much speculation after a video was released which featured Solange, Beyonce's sister, assaulting Jay Z.
The couple has also had several positive news items this year. They are currently on their On The Run tour. The Tour is on pace to become the second most successful tour of all time based on gross revenue per show, according to Forbes. Beyonce appeared at #1 and Jay Z at #6 on this year's Forbes' Celebrity 100 list.
real or "corporate"?