Jay-Z & Beyonce
Music royalty Beyonce and Jay-Z are the proud parents of a baby girl named Blue Ivy, media reports said, breaking the news of one of the biggest celebrity births in years.
Pop diva Beyonce, 30, gave birth by caesarian section on Saturday night in a private wing of the Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan with rapper Jay-Z, real name Shawn Carter, by her side, E! Online reported.
Initial reports had the baby’s name as Ivy Blue, but those close to the couple confirmed later it was the other way around. The Houston Chronicle, Beyonce’s hometown paper, was alone in spelling it Blu Ivy, without the “e”.
The Twitterverse was abuzz as celebrities and fans alike delighted in news of the star couple’s first child.
“Welcome to the world Blue! We love you already,” Hollywood A-lister and close friend Gwyneth Paltrow wrote, before clearing up the name issue in a second tweet: “It’s Blue Ivy Carter!”
“The most beautiful girl in the world,” Beyonce’s sister Solange Knowles tweeted, before adding, in another probable reference to the name mix-up: “Information that goes through the telephone, always gets delivered wrong.”
Fellow pop diva Rihanna also weighed in on the momentous showbiz arrival, tweeting: “Welcome to the world princess Carter! Love Aunty Rih.”
Beyonce checked into the hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side late Friday under the name “Ingrid Jackson,” renting out its entire fourth floor for $1.3 million, the New York Daily News reported.
People were seen bringing bags of food and wine into the hospital on Saturday night, apparently for celebrations, as security guards patrolled the perimeter.
But not everybody was happy by the tight security arrangements.
“They just used the hospital like it was their own and nobody else mattered,” new dad Neil Coulon told The New York Post.
Coulon’s efforts to see his premature, newborn twins in the neonatal unit were disrupted by the birth of the little new celebrity, the paper said.
Beyonce, who rose to fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer of R&B girl group Destiny’s Child, has had 12 top 10 pop singles in the United States as a solo artist and has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide.
She has also earned 16 Grammy Awards, three more than 42-year-old husband Jay-Z, who is regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time and has sold approximately 50 million albums.
The pair collaborated on Beyonce’s wildly popular single “Crazy In Love.”
Beyonce memorably revealed that she was pregnant at the MTV Video Music Awards in August, telling reporters during a red-carpet chat: “I have a surprise!” as she cradled her swollen belly.
Twitter-users fired off a record number of tweets per second following that announcement, and the popular micro-blogging site went wild again at Sunday’s news.
A source told the Houston Chronicle that “Blue” is a tribute to Jay-Z’s favorite color and hugely successful “Blueprint” album franchise, while “Ivy” represents the roman numeral IV for 4.
Beyonce was born on September 4, her mother on January 4, Jay-Z on December 4, and the couple were married on April 4, 2008.
The song “Glory” made its debut on his social website Life and Times on Monday — two days after he and Beyonce reportedly gave birth to a daughter, Blue Ivy.
Reps for the superstars repeatedly declined requests for comment from The Associated Press about whether the birth had occurred, as first reported by E! News over the weekend. But Jay-Z’s sweet song gives fans the details, and more: “You’re my child of a child from Destiny’s Child.”
In the song, Jay-Z talks about where the child was conceived (in Paris) and even reveals that Beyonce had a miscarriage at one point.
“Last time the miscarriage was so tragic/We was afraid you’d disappear/But nah baby you magic.”
The song’s refrain is: “The most amazing feeling I feel/Words can’t describe what I’m feeling for real/ Maybe I paint the sky blue/My greatest creation was you. You. Glory.”
The sound of a baby’s cries — perhaps Blue’s — ends the song. The song says it features “B.I.C.” — which would be the initials of Blue Ivy Carter.
It’s the first child for the power couple, who wed in 2008 in a private ceremony after a years-long courtship. Beyonce announced her pregnancy to the world last August at the MTV Video Music Awards with a simple rub of her swollen belly.
Celebs close to the couple have tweeted congrats. Beyonce’s sister, Solange Knowles, tweeted Sunday morning: “The most beautiful girl in the world,” while Beyonce’s close friend Gwyneth Paltrow also tweeted: “Welcome to the world Blue! We love you already.”
The couple reportedly gave birth at Lenox Hill Hospital on New York’s Upper East Side on Saturday. While there were reports that the couple paid $1.4 million to rent a floor of the hospital for the birth, hospital spokeswoman Barbara Osborne said Monday that “no patient has the ability to reserve an entire floor of the hospital.”
While she refused to confirm or deny that Beyonce had given birth there, she said that like other hospitals, suites are available and can be reserved.
One new mother, Rozz Nash-Coulon, said her twins, born Dec. 28, were in the neonatal unit, and starting Friday, intense security measures were implemented and it was a struggle to see her own children as security guards directed hallway traffic. She said a nurse told them Jay-Z and Beyonce were staying at the hospital.
“Once they checked in there was high security everywhere. It looked like the president was on our floor. The hospital’s security cameras were taped over. Internal windows from the hallways into the ward were blacked out,” said Nash-Coulon, 38.
Nash-Coulon said she and other parents are trying to mobilize to protest their treatment, which she called “disgusting.” But Osborne said she had not heard anything about any complaints. She also could not confirm or deny reports that security cameras were taped over.
As for areas of the hospital being blocked off to some, Osborne said: “I can’t specifically talk about that but I can tell you that visitors can be asked to leave a waiting area in our hospital for any number of reasons.”