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Jay Electronica involved in breakup of U.K. banking-dynasty marriage

June 15, 2012 |  7:05 am

Musician Jay Electronica attends the 6th Annual Roots Jam Session at Key Club on January 30, 2010 in West Hollywood, California.

It's been an intense time for hip-hop love triangles, and you may need a flowchart to unpack this latest one. It's a labyrinthine tale in which one half of a U.K. banking power-couple was caught in an yearlong affair with the American rapper Jay Electronica.

The story is pretty much a modern rap-world version of a "Downton Abbey" subplot: Kate Rothschild and Ben Goldsmith, each scions of insanely wealthy British families, married in 2003. Rothschild, heir to a major banking fortune, had her own career as a music producer when she met Electronica, a rapper on Jay-Z's Roc Nation label who had previously fathered a child with Erykah Badu. The two reportedly carried on an affair for a year before Goldsmith, a financier and clean-tech investor, got wind of the affair.

Goldsmith and Rothschild are divorcing and were engaged in a heated (and now deleted) Twitter spat, in which Rothschild described her relationship with Electronica thusly: "As for Jay Electronica... he saved my life in many ways and I am eternally grateful to him and hope that I can repay him by helping him, as his manager and friend."

Electronica joined in by declaiming "#LoveIsOnTheWay" on his own Twitter page on June 4 after traveling to England. The guy should really write his own pickup-artist book at this point. 

To further complicate things, it's not the first time the two families have spatted over a divorce. Take it away, Telegraph:

Ben’s brother, Tory MP Zac, left his wife, Sheherazade Ventura-Bentley, for Kate Rothschild’s sister, Alice, which should make for some awkward family gatherings.

If "Sheherazade Ventura-Bentley" isn't taken as a rap alias soon, we call dibs. But we encourage gossip hounds to go read the whole thing, preferrably in a disapproving Dowager Countess voice.



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Photo: Musician Jay Electronica attends the 6th Annual Roots Jam Session at Key Club on Jan. 30, 2010, in West Hollywood. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images) 

--August Brown