In the past five or so months, few celebrity stories have captivated the world’s attention quite like Beyonce’s pregnancy.
What started out as a happy announcement at the MTV Video Music Awards in August quickly devolved into a flurry of Internet rumors, with some alleging that the whole thing was fake.
So what’s the real story? We’ll probably never know. But with the news that the R&B superstar welcomed a baby girl on Saturday, we’re recapping every reported detail about her pregnancy, from start to finish. Check it out below.
Aug. 28, 2011: After a bit of speculation, Beyonce confirms to the world that she is pregnant with her first child, and in doing so, sets a new record on Twitter.
Sept. 4, 2011: Beyonce turns 30.
Sept. 7, 2011:Photos of Beyonce’s baby bump surface while she and husband Jay-Z vacation in Croatia.
Oct. 10, 2011: During a taped interview segment with the R&B singer, Australian news program Sunday Night reports that Beyonce’s due date is in February.
Oct. 11, 2011: Scandal erupts when footage of Beyonce sitting down for her interview with Sunday Night hits the Internet, leading some to believe that she has been wearing a fake baby bump. A rep for Beyonce later referred to the rumors as “stupid, ridiculous and false.”
Nov. 4, 2011: Beyonce’s former Destiny’s Child groupmate, Kelly Rowland, accidentally reveals that Beyonce is having a baby girl. Oops.
Nov. 29, 2011: Following a number of sightings in New York, Beyonce releases a behind the scenes clip from the making of the video for “Countdown” (dated Sept. 23), in which she shows off her baby bump at six months.
Dec. 2, 2011:Beyonce sits down with Katie Couric to discuss her pregnancy, including what her cravings are.
Dec. 30, 2011:More rumors hit the Internet – this time, alleging that Beyonce gave birth to a baby girl named Tiana-May Carter in New York City.
Jan. 5, 2012: All rumors come to a slightly confusing halt when Beyonce is spotted leaving an office building in New York.
Jan. 7, 2012: The couple reportedly welcomes a baby girl named Blue Ivy Carter.
Jan. 8, 2012:Conspiracy theories run wild on the Internet, all of which are focused on the meaning behind Blue Ivy. Does it have to do with the Illuminati? Lucifer’s daughter? A wedding planner in Boston? Again, we’ll probably never know.
Jan. 9, 2012: New daddy Jay-Z releases an emotional song called “Glory” in the wake of Blue Ivy’s birth.
Jan. 9, 2012: Beyonce and Jay-Z confirm the news in an official statement, saying:
Hello Hello Baby Blue!
We are happy to announce the arrival of our beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, born on Saturday, January 7, 2012.
Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in heaven. She was delivered naturally at a healthy 7 lbs 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
What do you make of all of this? Do you believe any of the Internet’s theories? Or are they simply conspiracies? Sound off below!