Music royalty Beyonce and Jay-Z are the proud parents of a baby girl named Blue Ivy, media reports said Sunday, 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.
Beyonce arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) in this August 28, 2011 (AFP)
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.
Beyonce, who rose to fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer of R&B girl group Destiny's Child, now 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. (AFP)
비욘세-제이지 부부, 첫 딸 얻어
미국 팝 음악계에서 가장 영향력 있는 부부로 꼽히는 비욘세(30)와 제이지(Jay-Z.42)가 첫 딸을 얻었다.
AFP통신은 팝 스타 비욘세가 7일(현지 시간) 밤 뉴욕 맨해튼에 있는 한 병원에 서 제왕절개 수술로 딸을 출산했다고 연예전문사이트 이온라인(E!Online)을 인용해 8일 보도했다.
아기 이름은 블루 아이비(Blue Ivy)에 제이지의 본명(숀 카터)을 따라 '블루 아 이비 카터'로 지은 것으로 알려졌다.
이들 부부의 출산 소식이 알려지자 트위터에는 동료 연예인과 팬들의 축하 메시 지가 쏟아지고 있다.
비욘세는 6일 저녁 맨해튼의 동쪽에 있는 이 산부인과 건물 4층 전체를 130만 달러(15억여 원)에 빌렸다고 일간지 뉴욕데일리뉴스가 보도했다.
비욘세는 걸그룹 '데스티니스 차일드'로 데뷔해 솔로로 나선 뒤 12개 싱글곡을 10위 안에 올렸으며 전 세계적으로 2천500만 장의 앨범을 판매했다. 남편인 제이지는 최고의 래퍼이자 음반 제작자 중 한 명으로 꼽히며 5천만 장에 달하는 앨범을 팔 아치웠다.
두 사람은 비욘세의 싱글곡 '크레이지 인 러브(Crazy In Love)'를 녹음하며 만나 6년간 사귀다 2008년 결혼했다.