Why Beyonce isn't attending the 2018 Met Gala (Exclusive)

Beyonce is skipping the Met Gala this year.

A source tells ET that Beyoncé is no longer attending the star-studded soiree in New York City on Monday, but is instead going to take a trip thanks to her husband, JAY-Z.

“JAY-Z surprised her with a trip because he felt she needed to relax before her tour," the source says, referring to the couple's upcoming On the Run II tour.

The source adds Beyoncé was planning to wear a custom designed gown by DUNDAS. The designer behind the brand, Peter Dundas, had been working for weeks on the custom creation.

ET has reached out to Vogue, which declined to comment on the Met Gala’s guest list. ET has also reached out to Beyonce's and Jay-Z's reps for comment.

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Beyonce has definitely been busy, pulling off a stunning performance at this year's Coachella not just for the festival's first weekend, but for the second weekend as well.

And after a few years of Met Gala-related drama, perhaps it's not the worst idea for the couple to slip away on a low-key mystery vacation.

Past Met Galas saw Beyonce attending by herself in 2016 -- without her wedding ring on -- amid rumors of JAY-Z's infidelity. Two years prior, Beyonce was caught on video looking on as her sister, Solange, yelled, hit and kicked JAY-Z in a hotel elevator. Solange later apologized and she and JAY-Z put out a joint statement indicating that they "worked through it."

 

RELATED: Look back at some of the most memorable Met Gala looks ever:

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Cher in Bob Mackie, 1974

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Donatella Versace in Versace, 1997

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Iman in Versace, 1997

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Singing group 3LW, 2001

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Diana Ross, 2001

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Amber Valetta, 2004

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Sarah Jessica Parker in Alexander McQueen, 2006

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Katy Perry in Cute Circuit, 2010

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Marc Jacobs in Marc Jacobs, 2012

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Lupita Nyong'o in Prada, 2014

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Rihanna in Guo Pei, 2015

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Sarah Jessica Parker, 2015

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Solange Knowles in Giles, 2015

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Lady Gaga in Alexander Wang, 2015

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Beyonce, 2015

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Madonna in Givenchy, 2016

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Katy Perry in Maison Margiela, 2017

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian in Balmain, 2016

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Kendall Jenner in La Perla, 2017

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Priyanka Chopra attends the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
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