President Obama attended a fundraiser hosted by the 31-year-old singer and her husband Jay-Z on Tuesday night in New York City. At the event, which took place at Jay’s 40/40 Club, Obama reaffirmed his love for the superstar pair.
“To Jay and Bey, thank you so much for your friendship,” Obama said, according to Politico. About 100 arrived at the fundraiser, shelling out $40,000 per person.
The President joked that he has a few things in common with Jay-Z, such as their family life: “We both have daughters and our wives are more popular than we are,” Obama said, giving a nod to Blue Ivy, naturally. “So, you know, we’ve got a little bond there. It’s hard, but it’s OK.”
He then bestowed high praise on Jay’s wife, telling the crowd gathered that “Beyonce could not be a better role model for my girls.” In fact, he added,”Michelle, Sasha and Malia are mad at me because they’re not here.“
Beyonce has given us glimpses into her personal life in the past, but the superstar singer is reportedly ready to craft a documentary-length feature about her on-and-off-stage world.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the 30-year-old and her representation have been taking a project about her life and chart-topping career to different studios as of late, revealing about 20 minutes of the film’s footage.
The paper cites a source with knowledge of the project who says that the documentary is a blend of Beyonce’s concerts and more personal interviews, as it combines her “music and personal study.”
The mom of one would star, direct in and produce the project, which isn’t exactly new territory for the Grammy winner. As “20/20” noted last year, Beyonce also served as director and producer of her concert DVD, “Live at Roseland: Elements of ‘4,’” which, as this new project reportedly will, included her intimate shows at New York’s Roseland Ballroom with past footage from her private life.
“I learned how to edit … I’m an editor as well,” Beyonce told Katie Couric at the time. “It is a lot of work, especially when I’m trying to tell stories that are from so many different eras, moments of my life.”
“The loss of Whitney Houston is painful,” the fellow R&B singer, 30, said Sunday in a statement, detailing how she first became acquainted with the Grammy winning superstar. “I remember meeting Whitney for the first time when I was 15. She was the ultimate legend. The ultimate woman. Not only was she confident, poised, stunningly beautiful and intelligent, but she was sincere and kind. She took the time to make everyone feel like they were very important to her.”
Beyonce continues of the “I Will Always Love You” singer’s incomparable vocal talent: “I, like every singer, always wanted to be just like her. Her voice was perfect. Strong but soothing. Soulful and classic. Her vibrato, her cadence, her control.”
“So many of my life’s memories are attached to a Whitney Houston song,” she adds of Houston, who leaves behind daughter Bobbi Christina, 18. ” She is our queen and she opened doors and provided a blueprint for all of us. God bless her.”
The 30-year-old star singer made her first public appearance since Blue Ivy‘s arrival in New York City last night, when she attended her husband Jay-Z‘s first performance at Carnegie Hall.
The rapper and industry mogul, 42, is performing there to benefit the United Way of New York City and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation, with proceeds going to help fight poverty, boost on-time graduation rates in underserved NYC schools and help low-income students across New York’s five boroughs go to college.
The singer stunned onlookers in a red, curve-hugging Alice By Temperley dress and Christian Louboutin heels. The New York Daily News reports that Beyonce and Jay moved their celebration to the 40/40 Club, where they hosted an afterparty.
During his Carnegie set, with a 36-piece orchestra backing him up along with his 10-piece band, Jay-Z performed hits like “99 Problems” and “Big Pimpin’,” as well as reveling in his proud papa status with a performance of “Glory.”
You can see more photos on Beyonce’s website.
Jay-Z has rapped about making “the song cry,” and now it seems like he is aiming to get fans welling up with his latest song, a tribute to his newborn daughter.
The rapper and his wife, singer Beyonce, had a baby girl over the weekend, the couple announced in a statement Monday.
“We are happy to announce the arrival of our beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, born on Saturday, January 7, 2012,” the pair say in a post on Beyonce‘s website. “Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in heaven. She was delivered naturally at a healthy 7 pounds and it was the best experience of both of our lives. We are thankful to everyone for all your prayers, well wishes, love and support.”
Meanwhile, the New York City hospital where the couple welcomed their newborn has issued a statement of its own to denounce reports that Beyonce and Jay-Z received special treatment.
“Lenox Hill Hospital and its staff were delighted to welcome the Carter family for the birth of their firstborn on Saturday evening, but we are troubled by the misinformation being circulated in some news media reports,” the executive director of the Lenox Hill Hospital, Frank Danza, said in a statement Monday. “The suggestion that the couple paid $1.3 million to rent an entire maternity floor is simply not true. The family is housed in an executive suite at the hospital and is being billed the standard rate for those accommodations. Our executive suites are available for any patient, including the food service and amenities provided to the Carter family.”
There were also rumors that a father was prevented from seeing his premature twin girls by Beyonce and Jay-Z’s security team, but Danza denies the reports. While the superstar couple did have their own security, “No security plan that we or the Carters’ security team put in place would have prevented or delayed families from gaining access to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and to date, no families have complained to the hospital about being denied access to the NICU.”
Danza adds that the hospital has “have made every effort to ensure minimal disruption to other families experiencing the births of their own children over the past three days.”
On Monday, Jay-Z focused on baby Blue by releasing a song titled “Glory” on his website “Life + Times,” along with a single statement: “Life just got REALLY good.”
Jay-Z rhymes on the song, which features B.I.C. – three guesses what those initials stand for – “The most amazing feeling I feel/words can’t describe what I’m feeling for real/baby, I paint the sky blue/my greatest creation was you.”
On the song, Jay says of his inspiration: “You’re a child of destiny/you’re the child of my destiny/you’re my child with the child from Destiny’s Child/that’s a hell of a recipe.” He adds at another point, “The most beautifulest thing in this world/is daddy’s little girl.”
The 42-year-old also appears to get surprisingly personal, considering how comparatively private the couple are. “You don’t know what swag is yet but you was made in Paris/and mama woke up the next day and shot an album package,” Jay-Z says on the track. “Last time the miscarriage was so tragic/we was afraid you disappeared/but nah, baby, you magic.”
The 30-year-old singer’s daughter arrived via scheduled caesarean section at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City last night.
The couple’s close friend Gwyneth Paltrow confirmed the baby’s name on Twitter, writing: ‘Welcome to the world Blue! We love you already.’
Beyoncé’s 42-year-old rapper husband Jay-Z, real name Shawn Carter, was by her side during the birth, according to reports.
A source told Beyoncé’s hometown newspaper Houston Chronicle that ‘mother and baby are doing fine‘.
The baby’s middle name Ivy may be in reference to Beyoncé and Jay-Z‘s love of the number 4. They married on April 4, 2008, Beyoncé’s latest album is called 4 and the couple have matching tattoos of the roman numeral for 4 – IV – on their wedding fingers.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z were also born on September 4 and December 4 respectively.
Regarding Blue, Jay-Z has a trilogy of albums with the word in the title. The Blueprint was released in 2001 around the time he got together with Beyoncé, The Blueprint2: The Gift & The Curse came out in 2002 and The Blueprint 3 in 2009.
Despite initial confusion the baby was named Ivy Blue, E! reporter Ken Baker later clarified friends of the couple have confirmed the newborn was actually called Blue Ivy.
Paltrow also clarified the name to a confused Twitter follower: ‘It’s Blue Ivy Carter.’
And the singer’s younger sister Solange tweeted today: ‘The most beautiful girl in the world.’
Beyonce definitely still has a bun in the oven!
There was speculation over the holidays about whether the 30-year-old singer had given birth, but Jay-Z‘s pregnant wife put the rumors to rest when she stepped out in NYC Thursday clutching her huge baby bump.
Wearing skinny jeans, gold heels, an ornate scarf and black blazer, Beyonce was all smiles as a bodyguard accompanied her out of a New York office building.
So if she didn’t ring in the New Year giving birth at the hospital, how did Beyonce and Jay-Z, 42, finish out 2011? With fried chicken and oysters! A source said that the duo dined at Brooklyn’s Buttermilk Channel restaurant.
Beyonce is finally slowing down now that she’s expecting, and she says she’s having a grand time doing it….but not by indulging in cravings you may have read about.
The 30-year-old entertainer told Katie Couric on “20/20” Friday that she hasn’t been chowing down on ice cream with hot chili sauce as some gossip has claimed.
“I’ve read that I like ketchup on everything,” she says, noting that’s also not true. “I was on a plane and the flight attendant came and was like, ‘I have your hot sauce and pickles and bananas.’ And I’m like, ‘That is absolutely disgusting, what are you doing?’ And he was like, ‘I read it on the Internet,'” she laughed.
That other rumor, the one about her wearing a prosthetic baby bump, she’s been able to dismiss without anger.
“There are certain things that are so far, it doesn’t even upset you,” she explained. “It’s so ridiculous and over-the-top.” (Although, she notes, she did have to calm her mother down after that one hit the rumor mill.)
Beyonce wouldn’t say whether she knows the baby’s sex – if Kelly Rowland‘s to be believed, Beyonce and husband Jay-Z (who turned 42 on Sunday) are expecting a little girl – but she did spill on what the best thing is about expecting a new addition.
“The best thing is knowing that my favorite person in the world, I haven’t met them yet,” she says. “And hopefully I’m going to pass on things that generations of my family passed on to me. It’s exciting.”
Kelly Rowland seemingly let the news slip on a red carpet in London.
While in London to attend the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards on Thursday, it was none other than Beyoncé‘s former Destiny’s Child mate Kelly Rowland who let it be known — rather inadvertently, it would seem — that the high-powered couple would be having a girl.
“I’m so happy for my sister and her husband. They’re so happy in this moment right now, as they should be. They made a little bundle of love. I’m so excited for them,” Rowland told U.K. news agency Bang Showbiz. “I have no idea what I’m going to buy Beyoncé at the baby shower because Jay is going to buy that little girl every single thing possible. She won’t be spoiled, but she will be very well looked-after.”
So there you have it. Of course, there’s yet to be an official statement from the couple, and a spokesperson for Beyoncé did not respond to MTV News’ request for comment on the matter.
Last month, Rowland told MTV News that she was excited “to be an auntie” to the couple’s child and added that she can’t wait to babysit. And assuming she hasn’t been placed on Jayoncé‘s blacklist for letting the information slip, Rowland also told Bang Showbiz she’s planning to make herself available to help out the couple as much as possible.
“I’ll be on hand for babysitting duties,” she said. “And I’m actually very good with messy diapers.”
Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood is returning to his roots, according to Entertainment Weekly. Look out, Brad Pitt – the 81-year-old actor is reportedly in talks to star in an upcoming baseball drama.
We can thank Beyonce’s unborn baby for Clint’s potential new role. According to Deadline, her pregnancy forced Eastwood to postpone directing his remake of “A Star is Born,” in which Beyonce’s been cast.
With some extra time on his hands, sources tell reporters that the Hollywood legend is circling the movie “Trouble With the Curve,” in which he’d play an old baseball scout who convinces his daughter to go on the road with him.
Eastwood last graced the silver screen in 2008 hit “Gran Torino,” which earned $148 million at the box office.
“When I did ‘Million Dollar Baby’ I thought, ‘Well, this would be a nice one to quit on,’ and then ‘Gran Torino’ came along,”. “They’re not writing a lot of really great material for guys my age. In lieu of that, I would just prefer to stay behind the camera. But if a great role came along, yeah, I would do that. But actors are like boxers — they stay too long sometimes.”
The Eastwood-directed “J. Edgar,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, hits theaters on November 9.