The moment we have all been patiently waiting for since February’s instantly iconic Instagram announcement is here. People reports that Beyoncé Knowles and Jay Z have welcomed twins. “Bey and Jay are thrilled and have started sharing the news with their family and closest friends,” a source tells the outlet. Us Weekly reports that the twins were born earlier this week. (Vanity Fair has reached out to the couple’s representatives for comment.)
Beyoncé delivered the twins—younger siblings to 5-year-old Blue Ivy Carter—at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles. In the weeks leading up to her delivery, the singer regularly posted photos of herself on her Instagram account, often collating shots into slideshows of pregnancy looks; one post showed off a T-shirt emblazoned with the word “PREGGERS.”
A well-documented “Carter Family Push Party,” attended by Serena Williams and other members of the Carter/Knowles clan, also put Beyoncé and her ever-growing belly at the center of attention.
This is all in stark contrast to the months before Blue Ivy Carter was born, and even the weeks after, when there was much hype and maximum secrecy about the birth. Rumor had it at the time that Beyoncé and husband Jay Z had rented out an entire floor of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York (later it was determined they had in fact just secured an “executive suite”). Blue Ivy is now one of the world’s most famous celebrity offspring, and has already been featured on one of her dad’s songs and appeared in one of her mom’s music videos.
After announcing she was pregnant in February, Beyoncé performed at the Grammys—in a show-stopping performance that instantly flooded all Twitter feeds and group text threads. She was scheduled to headline the Coachella music festival in April, but had to pull out (she was replaced by Lady Gaga). While she has appeared at various events over the past month, she has not performed since the Grammys.