The Lady from JAY-Z and Beyoncé's Viral Instagram Photo Speaks Out
"I felt like I was hugged by an angel"
Published Feb 01, 2018This past weekend, a lady went viral when she couldn't contain her shock and awe at being in the presence of JAY-Z and Beyoncé, and now she's confirmed that she was indeed as surprised as she looked in Queen Bey's Instagram photo.
The Boston Globe has identified the woman as Susan Monaghan, and spoke to her about the surreal experience of running into the couple in her hotel during the Grammys weekend.
She was staying at the Sheraton New York Time Square Hotel, celebrating her daughter's birthday and attending her granddaughter's gymnastics competition, totally unaware that the building was packed with A-list music stars. Monaghan said that she had just returned from dinner and was leaving the elevator to walk towards her room when a huge entourage of security and photographers approached.
First, she turned to the "handsome" man at the centre of attention and said, "You look familiar. Do I know you?"
It wasn't until she saw his wife that she made the connection: it was Beyoncé.
"I was like 'Oh, my God!'" Monaghan told the Globe. "I looked at her and all I could think was, 'No one is going to believe me. No one is going to believe me.'"
Then Beyoncé flashed her a smile. "I swear," Monaghan said, "I felt like I was hugged by an angel."
She added, "It was so calming and so surreal."
As Monaghan expected, her relatives didn't believe her tale of the celebrity encounter — until the photo surfaced on Instagram the next day.
"I think she posted it for me," she joked. "So people would believe me."
Despite the initial shock captured on camera, Monaghan has been taking the whole experience in stride, calling the whole ordeal "hysterical."
Relive Bey's glorious photo set (complete with Monaghan's cameo) below.