Beyonce, Chris Brown “Jealous” Remix Surfaces, Incites Backlash

Beyonce and Chris Brown leaked song
Beyonce is facing backlash after a song with Chris Brown leaked Kevin Winter/AMA/Getty Images for AMA

Mixed messages? A famously outspoken feminist, Beyonce is facing backlash this week after a remix of her song "Jealous" surfaced with Chris Brown featured on the track.

Currently without an official release or promotion from Beyonce's camp, the "Jealous" remix made its way online on Thursday, April 2. In a since-deleted tweet, Brown, 25, confirmed his involvement with the recording, writing on Friday morning, "I did the jealous remix some months ago for the Beyoncé collaboration album but it was never used. Glad you guys get to hear it."

The collaboration album that Brown referenced is likely the Platinum Edition of Beyonce's celebrated 2013 self-titled album. Beyoncé: Platinum Edition hit stores this past November and included remixes with Nicki Minaj, Pharrell Williams, and Kanye West

Noticeably absent from the Platinum Edition's tracklist was a "Jealous" remix or any contribution from Brown. Bey, 33, has yet to comment on the leaked song, but is facing significant backlash from those who take issue with her working with Brown. 

The Destiny's Child alum used her Beyonce album to declare herself as a feminist, even using audio from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED talk about feminism in her hit single "***Flawless." As Brown infamously left then-girlfriend Rihanna with gruesome bruises after a domestic violence incident, many saw the move of aligning with the "Loyal" singer as standing in direct conflict to Beyonce's feminist values. 

"I never thought @Beyonce could disappoint me – until she collaborated with Chris Brown," one fan tweeted of Bey, who was photographed with Rihanna just days before at Jay Z's Tidal launch. "Was really hoping the Beyoncé + Chris Brown collaboration was an April fools joke," another added. "Let me get this straight….Beyoncé (a claimed feminist) made a remix with a man who beat a woman…ok," a third chimed in.

Take a listen to Brown's remix of "Jealous" above. 

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