On Saturday, pop star Beyonce Knowles, wife of hip-hop mogul Jay-Z, reportedly gave birth to girl Blue Ivy Carter by C-section in New York City at Lenox Hill Hospital, according to Fox News.
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Reportedly checking in under the name “Ingrid Jackson” on Friday evening, Beyonce is said to have rented out the entire fourth floor for $1.3 million the New York Daily News reports.
Security was said to be uber-tight, as cameras were covered with tape and staff were mandated to give in their cell phones to stop any possibility of Mother and baby photos being leaked.
Soon after the birth, fellow celebrities began congratulating the new family. Rihanna tweeted:
Welcome to the world princess Carter! Love Aunty Rih.
While Russell Simmons tweeted:
Congrats to my good friends Beyonce and Jay-Z.
While many media outlets have publicly speculated whether Beyonce was pregnant from the time she secretly married Jay-Z in April 2008, the Grammy Award-winning singer finally announced she was with child at MTV’s Video Music Awards:
Many fans celebrated the coming of Beyonce and Jay’s bundle of joy, but skeptics blew the Internet up with rumors of Beyonce employing a surrogate Mother for her child rather than actually being pregnant herself. In early December, Beyonce denied those fake pregnancy rumors in her interview with Katie Couric, saying:
I’ve been really conscious and I’ve been trying my best not to lose control because I’ve met so many people who say, ‘My second baby, my third baby, I learned my lesson,’ ” she said, calling her pregnancy “exciting.” “I haven’t been going crazy. I know that it’s important that I don’t lose myself.”
In weeks to come, we’ll see if Beyonce and Jay-Z will follow suite with fellow celebrity parents Melanie Brown and Stephen Belafonte or Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony on selling their baby pictures to magazines. If their aforementioned secret wedding is any indication, though, we’re guessing it may be a long time before we get a glimpse of the couple’s newest addition.