By admin on 1:44 AM
Beyoncé and Jay-Z have welcomed their first child - a baby girl, it has been reported.
The music power couple have named their daughter Blue Ivy Carter, according to eonline.com.
The 30-year-old singer gave birth to her daughter by caesarean section at Lenox Hill hospital in New York last night and the website reports 'multiple sources' have confirmed the news.
It's a girl! Beyonce is said to have given birth to a baby girl by c-section named Ivy Blue according to reports
Celebrities have already started tweeting their congratulations to the couple with Russell Simmons and Rihanna were among the first.
Russell posted: 'Congrats to my good friends Beyonce and Jay-Z.'
Rihanna posted: 'Welcome to the world princess Carter! Love Aunty Rih.'
Public congratulations: Russell Simmons was one of the first celebrities to tweet the news
We've been waiting for you: Rihanna wasted no time welcoming the babe into the world
According to the New York Daily News, Beyoncé checked into the Upper East Side hospital under the name Ingrid Jackson.
Beyoncé, who was spotted out with her mother on Thursday night, is said to have booked out the entire fourth floor spending $1.3million it has been claimed.
While a spokesperson for the power couple was not available for comment security is said to have been tightened at the hospital.
Hospital workers are being asked to turn in their mobile phones and security cameras have been covered, according to the news site.
Reported: The 30-year-old singer is said to have checked into Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City under a false name
Baby rumours reached fever pitch on December 30 with reports that Beyoncé had given welcomed a daughter called Tiana May Carter.
It came after reports suggested that staff at St Luke's Roosevelt Hospital - a private facility in New York - had been told to prepare for a VIP arrival.
But Beyoncé's sister Solange rebutted the rumours by telling fans that the singer had spent New Year's Eve at her house party in Brooklyn.
The 25-year-old confirmed Beyonce was very much still pregnant and tweeted: 'Shout out to my sister for being THE cutest pregnant woman ever!'
Are they parents yet? There has been considerable speculation for weeks after it was falsely reported that the singer and her husband Jay-Z had welcomed their child
The former Destiny's Child singer was also seen out earlier on New Year's Eve with her husband Jay-Z.
The pair dined at the Buttermilk Channel restaurant in Brooklyn, New York.
On Thursday, Beyoncé emerged in public for the first time since being last spotted on December 21.
The 30-year-old was seen stroking her tummy as she was escorted out of a New York office building by a body guard.
The singer was also accompanied by her mother Tina.
Beyoncé announced her pregnancy at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards back in August.
Showing off the bump: The singer was seen showing off her pregnant shape in New York in November
She arrived on the red carpet cradling her bump.
The singer also showed off her growing tummy after her onstage performance at the same ceremony - unbuttoning her sequined jacket and rubbing her tummy.
Back in October the former Destiny's Child faced internet rumours that she was faking her pregnancy after an interview she did for Australian TV was posted online.
Critics claimed that when the Texan sat down her bump disappeared.
But Beyonce's rep quickly batted down those rumours saying they were 'foolish'.
Big reveal: The singer announced her pregnancy at the MTV VMA's in August
The baby will be the first child for the Single Ladies pop star and her husband Jay-Z and the second grandchild for her parents Tina and Mathew Knowles.
Beyonce's younger sister Solange has a seven-year-old son Daniel Smith JR.
The addition to the Knowles clan will be some welcome good news just weeks after her parents' divorce became final.
Tina and Mathew had been married for 31 years.
By admin on 2:13 PM
After winning her opening match of the 2012 tennis season, Serena Williams told reporters she doesn't love the sport in which she excels.
"I don't love tennis today but I'm here," she said after beating Chanelle Scheepers, 6-2, 6-3, in the first round of the Brisbane International. "I can't live without it -- there's a difference between not loving something and not being able to live without it. I have never liked sports and could never understand how I became an athlete."
Serena went on to say that she doesn't like working out or training and that her 2012 schedule will be scaled back in order to provide her rest for big tournaments. The lighter slate also is intended to keep her motivated.
And therein these quotes lies the paradox that is Serena. From one view, her candor could be seen as refreshing. Here's a top athlete discussing the delicate balance of passion and obligation and fear of the unknown. She's revealing herself to the press, something she rarely has in the past.
Then you step back and realize Serena has the least self-awareness of any great athlete of the past decade. Two years later, she can't bring herself to acknowledge that she was wrong to threaten a lineswoman at the U.S. Open. She'll likely never admit her actions in last year's U.S. Open final crossed the line. Unless she gained some insight in the past four months, these quotes are selfish nonsense.
She's playing a lighter schedule in 2012? Since when has she ever played a full schedule? Even when she was a teenager, Serena never made it a secret that she focused on the big tournaments. There's nothing wrong with that. Let's not act as if this is some big sacrifice, though.
Nobody is surprised Serena doesn't like tennis. Like Andre Agassi before her, she seems to only love the winning and is willing to put up with what it takes to get there. The grind doesn't interest her much.
These aren't new insights into her soul. The underlying tone isn't that Serena is a reluctant sports hero, it's that she's able to be so much better than the rest of the tour without caring about the game like they do. Her "I don't love tennis" quote isn't a revelation, it's a self-congratulatory declaration.
It's as if she's saying, "Just imagine what I could do if I cared."