– EN Showbiz – Nicole Curran, the woman seen talking to JAY-Z in a now-viral video from the NBA Finals game on Wednesday night, has been forced to disable her Instagram account after reportedly receiving death threats from furious Beyonce fans.
Beyonce and JAY were courtside to watch the Golden State Warriors take on the Toronto Raptors at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
As they watched the action on court, Curran, who was sitting next to the couple, leaned across Beyonce to chat to the rapper, leading to the mother-of-three flashing her a disapproving look.
A video of the moment was shared on Twitter by sports network ESPN, and the Formation hitmaker’s dedicated fans were quick to slam Nicole – the wife of Golden State Warriors’ majority owner Joe Lacob – for invading Beyonce’s “personal space”.
Following the backlash, Nicole responded in an Instagram post, writing: “I respect Queen B. I love her! I talked to her husband twice tonight. First, to take a drink order for them both when they arrived as they were our guests. Second, to explain why I gave his wife a rose from a fan. All of this has been taken out of context. I’m a happily married woman. Telling me to kill myself?????? Somehow I don’t think she would support this.”
She then disabled her Instagram account.
Nicole further explained her decision to limit her Instagram page to ESPN reporter Ramona Shelburne, who tweeted of their chat: “Just spoke to Nicole Curran, the wife of Warriors owner Joe Lacob, about the ‘incident’ with Beyonce last night. She was in tears. She said she had been getting death threats on social media all night this morning she disabled her IG (Instagram) account just to make it stop.”
According to Shelburne, Nicole told her: “There was no hostility. I was trying to be a good hostess. I’ve never experienced cyberbullying like this. I can’t believe our players go through this. That kids go through this.”
Beyonce has yet to comment on the furore, however, her publicist Yvette Noel-Schure addressed the situation with a post on her own Instagram page, urging fans: “I know your love runs deep but that love has to be given to every human. It will bring no joy to the person you love so much if you spew hate in her name. We love you.”