Beyoncé and Jay-Z Expecting First Child

08/28/2011 at 09:25 PM ET
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Leave it to Beyoncé to steal the spotlight at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards.

But it wasn’t one of the pop diva’s signature show-stopping performances that had people talking. Instead, it was Beyoncé’s burgeoning baby bump, swathed in an orange gown.

Knowles, 29, posed for photos with her hands cradling her belly, teasing, “I have a surprise!”

“I’m happy to say it’s true,” her rep confirms to PEOPLE.

“They told friends in the last month,” a source tells PEOPLE. “She’s never been happier. Seriously it’s all she’s been waiting for. And Jay is like an excited kid. They’re adorable.”



Later, during the show, she performed “Love on Top,” introducing the song by telling the Nokia Theatre LA Live crowd, “I want you to stand up on your feet. I want you to feel the love that’s growing inside me.”

After her song, she unbuttoned her sparkling jacket and rubbed her stomach. The crowd roared.

This will be the first child for Beyoncé and her husband of three years, 41-year-old Jay-Z, who performed “Otis” at the VMAs with Kanye West.

Just in June, Knowles, who turns 30 on Sept. 4, told Piers Morgan, “I always said I would have a baby at 30.”

Looks like the talented singer is true to her word!

— Michelle Tauber

FILED UNDER: Expecting , Maternity , News

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cat on

I´m so happy for them! Congratulations!

Allyse Langdon on

YAY!!! Congrats 🙂 She is glowing

Casey on

I hope the baby looks like her.


Just kidding. Congrats to them!

KDub on

Congrat”s Bey!!!!

Brooke on

Yay that’s exciting and surprising!!! 🙂

Kodie on

I LOVE that this is how they chose to announce it 🙂 So happy for them! CONGRATS!!

V on

So excited, this is one I have been waiting for. Congrats!

emily on

Awesome! Good for them.

J on

I never comment on this blog but creap about reading comments but I read this and I was wow.. totally unexpected but very happy for them and I wish them the best.. this may be the one of most anticipated births for CBB! Once again congrats to the couple I wish them and their child the best 🙂

klutzy_girl on

Congratulations to them!

And LOL, it seems like every fertile woman in Hollywood is knocked up right now…

Who’s next?

Kodie on

I LOVE that this is how they decided to announce this 🙂

So happy for them! Congrats!!!

Bianca on

Wonderful news! Congrats to them!

Tee on

So happy for her!! Been a fan for YEARS and I’m wishing her and J the best on their newest arrival.

FAB on


Megan on

Awww what wonderful news for them! They seem to be such a wonderful couple and i know they’ve both spoken about wanting kids! That will be one well dressed, talented, and gorgeous baby LOL So happy for them and wish them all the luck and happiness in the world with their new addition.

AnnieG on

Oh yay!!!! I haven’t been this excited about a celeb prenancy announcement in EVER! Really happy for them, and go them for keeping it quiet for so long – that’s already the cutest bump she’s got! Love it.

mary on

No doubt happy news for them! I absolutely love the color of her dress!

nyc on

This is amazing news! What a wonderful blessing for her and Jay. I’m sure she will have great style throughout her pregnancy too!

Life on

NOW can you feature a this beautiful BLACK girl on the cover. You have NEVER posted an entertainer female in a postitive light unless it was drama. Now can you give her the cover now! Its positive. She is preggo. I am so happy for her.

Nicole on

She looks GREAT pregnant! I was watching her movie Obsessed on Lifetime last night. She will be a great mom!!

hjkl098 on

Congrats! 🙂

Jillian on

Congrats Bey! Can’t wait til the baby is born, it’s gonna slayyy all others 🙂

Tiff on

OMG she’s already such a gorgeous pregnant lady! Congrats, Bey! And I love that she did it on her own time, and ignored the people who were trying to rush her. She was ready when SHE was ready. Congrats, Mr and Mrs Carter!!!!

Shannon on

Epic! lol

She looks gorgeous!

Shelby on

What!!!! Oh my goodness, that was a surprise. Awww congrats to them both, she looks radiant!

Mia on

So exciting for them!-I’m guessing she is due late Nov./early Dec. 🙂

Nella on

Yay!!! I am so excited for this announcement, congrats to both of them! I think they will be great parents and I wish them much happiness! Beyonce looks gorgeous! Can’t wait for them to have this kiddo!

linnie on

yayyy!!! 😀

Karen on

Wow did Jay-Z look like a proud Papa when Beyonce showed her belly after her performance!

Steph on

She and Jay Z looked do happy when she took off her jacket to show her bump. Such a cute and awesome couple.

Gaby on


Crystal on

This will be one of the world’s most famous babies!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am SPEACHLESS!!! I’m THRILLED for them!!! She looks absolutely GORGEOUS AND GLOWING!!! WOW! I can’t wait till she gets bigger and then has the baby! BEAUTUFUL!!! YAY!!! 🙂

Luci on

I read this on another website and hollered! They do seem like a private couple but looked so happy and proud tonight!

Good for them. 😉

Paige on

I squealed when I read this news. Congratulations to Beyonce and Jay-Z on their coming little one!

She is one artist I absolutely love. Very talented and very down-to-earth. So happy to hear that she’s going to be a mama. 🙂

Terri on

She’s just glowing, but then again she always is.

Penny on

Having mixed opinions on the delivery of the announcement. Of course congrats to the couple. But, part of me feels like the focus was taken away from the others at the VMA’s. This years show will now be known as the one in which Beyonce announced her pregnancy. I can’t help but compare it to some movies I’ve seen where someone gets proposed to at another’s wedding LOL!

On the other hand, I am not famous and don’t have people stalking me and feeling like they are entitled to every intimate piece of my life. Oh well either way the info seems to be well received. Once again congrats! Just my simple thoughts…

Rosy on

Oh wow, that came right out of left centre! Congratulations to them 🙂 She looks great

Sonya on

I guess it official now! This is the year of the baby:-)

I am now convinced that every single celebrity I’ve been wondering about will have a baby this year (and many of them have already announced pregnancies), lol.

Christian on

Seems like all the celebs are trying to get a 2012 baby in, haha. Congrats to the lovely couple!

Sarah S. on

Yay, so happy for her and Jay-Z!! 🙂

HappyGoLucky on

Congrats to the happy couple. When I first heard they were dating I didn’t think they would last this long. But, they dated for several years and have been now married for three. This is a couple that seems ready to bring a bring a new life into the world. They seem solid and devoted to each other.

TV on

So confused as to how this is being treated as news when it was announced back in late May that Jay-Z and Beyoncé were expecting. Her sister Solange let it accidentally slip while giving an interview to some TV show and it had been all over the news for the next two days after it happened.

Ali on

Congrats to them! I’m sure it will be a boy. I seriously can’t picture Jay-Z’s genes passing down to a girl. I just can’t visualize that. LOL. I kid. I kid.

Congrats! She is glowing!

Toya L. on

*\ O /* Congratulations to them, I can’t wait to see pictures of their baby.

Indira on

Penny, I too was a little surprised by her announcement. Personally it all seemed a little staged, especially from a woman who has been so private in the past. To the way she said something like “Sharing the love growing inside me” and the super showy/ fake way she rubbed her belly at the end of the performance. I’ve followed B for a long time but, this all seemed very odd. But hov did seem super excited, so good for them.

Bancie1031 on

Congratulations! I’m surprised to hear this news …

Capri on

I was there tonight & wow…I almost felt like crying during that performance. I’ve never been happier for a celeb as corny as that sounds…she’s amazing & no doubt she will be an even better mother! Congrats to the Carters!

Sam & Freya's Mum on

Happy for them. Pictured them having kids but for some reason thought maybe in a year or two, so was pleasantly suprised. Lovely pic of her, she has the ‘glow’, and what an awesome 30th b’day pressie!

Jules on

Wow, I wasn’t expecting this announcement! Congratulations to them both! Kudos to Beyonce for waiting until she felt ready, no matter what age, to have a baby – so refreshing and mature. I can’t wait to see whether she has a girl or a boy!

Cassie on

Awww, how wonderful!! So happy for them both – they will be awesome parents! I too loved how they made the announcement 🙂

huh on

I’m with you Penny, also. Nonetheless, very happy for them!

JMO on

I loved the way she did it last night! So cute!! And Jay-Z jumping around like a kid lol. I’m not huge fans of either of them but this is gonna be one LUCKY baby!

Based on her tummy she has got to be atleast 4 months?? And people have been speculating now for a bit so I do wonder if she’s in her 2nd tri already!

jessicad on

I thought the way they announced it was very sweet, they seem so proud and excited!

Gianna on

I hope she has a girl. I loved her song “Girls run the world”.

Brooklyn on

What wonderful news for them. Congrats. She looks beautiful in that photo and when she announced it on stage she looked sooo happy!

Tm on

Yay! I’m going to guess boy for her!

Jesse on

While all babys are a blessing and I think it’s exciting to welcome a new one to the world, people are acting like this is the second coming. It’s a rapper and a, mediocre at best, singer having a baby.

I wish them well but people don’t have to act like it is a world changing event.

shawn818 on

Probably the best peice of the whole show, you have worked hard to deserve this happiness, congrats..!

Tee on

What a neat way to announce a pregnancy! Congratulations to them! I don’t know anything about Beyonce or her music, but she sure does look happy!

Clara on

Congratulations to Beyonce and Jay-Z, what a blessing!

Linseykes on

Iam happy for them i thought the way she did it was tasteful like everything else she does and even with out being prego she would have stole the show she always does I just think she was so happy that she couldnt hold the news any long and I am sure if she is not 4months already she is really close and i doubt that after this we will get anymore from them so iam not getting my hopes up i have a feeling it will be years before we get a peek at this baby.

Tania on

Congratulations to her! Hope that baby takes after her though.

eribri on

When I was watching the pre-show and all these pictures of her on the carpet were flying around holding her belly, I was like (everyone really) was like BEYONCE’S PREGNANT?! It was such a shock! lol

Her announcement was cute, Jay-Z you could tell on his face when she was rubbing her belly he was in joy of this new chapter in his life.

Congrats to Beyonce & Jay-Z!

B.J. on

Am I the only one who thinks an award show is not the classiest place to announce a pregnancy? Of course it got people talking and interested, as I’m sure was point. It seemed gimmicky… I like B but this was weird to me.

Niko on

Wow, she’s easily 5 months pregnant here!. She did a great job hiding it for this long!. Congrats to her and Jay!

bits on


Lady on

Umm Jesse, mediocre at best singer?! You must not have heard a lot of her music or seen her live. Thankfully I’ve had the honor twice & she is a beyond amazing talent. Don’t be a hater.

Some of you talking about how she announced it…well all she did was put her hands there, no words were necessesary. What would you rather her do, get a cover of a magazine to make the announcement? You people are never happy.

I absolutely adore her & Jay, so happy for their family!!

KC on

I’ve always respected how private this couple has kept their lives – but I admit I was probably more excited than I should be when I heard this last night! LOL A new baby is such a blessing.

Heard today that she was three months, due in February – but she looks farther along than that (she’s not “skinny” by any means – LOVE her body).

Anne on

I’m not one to usually get excited about celebrity pregnancies and all that-it’s not like I know these people personally. However, when Beyonce unbuttoned her jacket and rubbed her bump, my teenage daughter and I just jumped up and down and shrieked with excitement. My husband had to come find out what was happening.

I think people are so excited because we’ve had so many false leads before and people were starting to think it would never happen. Just where she did it and the way she did it just left NO doubt that this time it was real and not just another rumour…it was so unexpected and exciting! I’m genuinely happy for them!

Anne on

I just wanted to respond to Kat’s comments about her jumping and screaming or whatever. She really wasn’t. That probably should have been our first clue because that was really low key for her. She did a couple of bends and walked around but none of that would hurt the baby. My husband is a physician and I admit that I rewound the t.v. and asked if her performance was risky (with the bending she was doing) and he was like ‘Nah…’

Babies are really safe and snug in there-it really takes a lot to cause damage or ‘disrupt’ them. Drugs and things the mom puts in her system are more dangerous than strutting around on a stage. Plus, I’m sure she checked with her doctor before doing this and I’m sure she’s not going to be doing this every day. I’m positive she wouldn’t do anything to endanger her baby.

AmandaK on

Now this will be one well dressed kid! Congrats to them. I do wonder about announcing it at the VMAs though? Her latest album has had pretty disappointing sales so maybe that played a part of it? Either way, good news no matter how it was announced.

Juliette on

Baby B-J (Bee Jay)

such a great age to have a baby

Kari on

Congrats!!!! I am so very happy for them. Best wishes for a healthy baby & happy Baby.

Mel on

If its a girl I’m calling it now:
Brooklyn Carter.

You heard it from me first!

jaQ on

surpriiiii-ise! wow! congrats to them; i’m excited like a big kid, myself, for them. 😀 so cool to be expecting within a month or two of, to name a few: jennifer garner, hilary duff, lily allen, rebecca gayheart, and now beyonce too! wonder who else is going to be announcing a pregnancy soon. yahoo! i love it! i have an april 2006er, and it was so neat to have sooooo many celebrities due that spring and summer– gwen, gwyneth, angelina, mariska, geri halliwell, etc., the list went on forevvvver, haha. there weren’t as many due around my august ’03 and jan. ’10 boys.
anyway, i got offtopic- humongous congrats to this beautiful couple, who we all know will surely have a gorgeous, talented little one this winter!

jaQ on

i made the last post but forgot my name and stuff!!! but i was just thinking, looking at the photos you posted here– oh my good GOD, does she look happy! pregnancy is such a special and amazing time, we all realise that, but IMO, it’s that much better when it’s enjoyable and not all sick and miserable for the mommy, i’ve gotta say. great for them! i’m wondering now if the jen aniston rumours, and any others could be true? how awesome that would be! i love having celebrity bellies and comments to compare my own pregnancy to– i am a bit over 17 weeks here.

Jonita on

By making the announcement this way….she has taken the price off of her head….Fools would be jumping out of bushes to try and get the first shot of her belly…this way Everybody has it…

Sarah S. on

Happy 30th Birthday to Beyonce in advance…my daughter’s 11th birthday is also on Sept. 4th!! Congrats on the baby news! 🙂

Jennifer Rhodes on

Congrats B! I’m so happy for you and Jay-Z! I think you both will be great parents!

Irene on

What a unique way to announce it. Wishboth the best and a healthy baby.

Fatima on

Congrats Beyonce & Jay-z A baby is always a blessing so may God bless you with a very beautiful healthy preganancy & baby!!!!!!!!!!

SAbercrombie on


DaNice on

Congrats Beyonce and Jay-Z on your first child

Emma on


she is my idol
i love beyonce….

purple143 on

awwwwwww.congrats she is glowin so beautiful she looks gorgeous so much and so fab. cant wait to see it born 😀 way to go Bey ❤

Cindy on

Congratulations on the miracle you were blessed with! I’m sure that you both will be great parents and that bundle of joy will have an abundance of love!

Mia on

Reports say she’s 5 months pregnant–thinking she’s due in late December–X-mas/New Year’s baby 🙂

+ Congrats on their families/team of people for keeping it secret until they were ready to say anything.

Forever on

ero 2 compagnia incarico ho vissuto tutto il periodo allo spaccio truppa con il maresciallo garardo di avella,ricordo il sergente leonetti il capitano tucci,il maggiore quaranta e il mio amico di treviso alfredo del prete.