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Internet rumour mill goes into overdrive with reports that Beyoncé has given birth to a baby girl named Tiana May Carter

By Holly Thomas

Become a mother? Beyoncé Knowles, seen shopping in New York earlier this month, has reportedly given birth to a baby girl named Tiana May Carter in a New York hospital

The internet rumour mill has gone into overdrive today with reports that Beyoncé has given birth to a baby girl.

According to reports- which neither the singer herself nor husband Jay-Z have confirmed- Beyoncé has named her daughter Tiana May Carter.

The Single Ladies star is said to have delivered her first child at at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital, a private facility in New York.

Her representation - both in the US and the UK- has not been available for comment this afternoon.

A story published yesterday by claimed that nurses at the hospital were 'buzzing' at the news that they might be expecting Beyoncé and Jay Z.
The hospital has made no official comment.

The baby suite apparently reserved by Beyoné and Jay Z is reportedly equipped to deliver three babies and sleep 12 people.

Friend and fellow singer Alicia Keys gave birth to her son Egypt at the same hospital back in 2010.

Twitter has been abuzz with gossip and congratulations in relation to the birth rumours.

Director and choreographer Adam Shankman tweeted: 'Not meaning to start anything...but...did Beyonce have her baby?!? Just heard a bit on the radio... Is it true?'

Some are treating the news as certain, and have offered their blessing.

One user wrote: 'Congrats to Beyonce & Jay Z on new baby girl Tiana-May Carter.'

Unconfirmed: Neither Beyoncé nor husband Jay Z has responded to the reports so far

Others have taken issue with the star's apparent choice of name, with one fan posting: 'I love BK and Jay, but Tiana May???'

Beyoncé has still never tweeted from her own account, which boasts 2,259,656 followers.

The report that she has given birth has been picked up by The Mirror, Huffington Post, The Hollywood Reporter, Yahoo, Music, and among others.

Beyoncé has spent the bulk of the last few months in New York, which is understandable if she has been expecting her new arrival around the New Year.

Preparing for the birth? Beyonce's sister Solange holds tightly onto a bag in New York City yesterday

The appearance of the Beyoncé's mother Tina, 57, sister Solange, 25, and nephew Julez in the city in recent days has added weight to the reports that the birth was imminent.

Designer Tina and sister Solange were spotted leaving vintage store Stella Dallas in New York City this week.

Beyoncé lives in a multi-million pound penthouse apartment in the city with rapper husband Jay Z.

Though initially there was suggestion that the singer was due in early February, more recently it was indicated that she would be reaching the nine month mark around the New Year.

Ready and waiting? Tina Knowles, daughter Solange with her son Daniel Julez J. Smith seen leaving vintage store 'Stella Dallas' in New York City yesterday

In a clip from her Live at Roseland DVD, screened in November, Beyoncé said: ‘Hello!
It's September 23rd … Right now I’m actually shooting the video for 'Countdown' and I’m six months pregnant, pretending that my stomach is flat in body suits.’

The star concealed her pregnancy for months before revealing her baby bump at the MTV Music Awards in August.

In October the singer sparked rumours that she was wearing a prosthetic belly after her stomach appeared to collapse as she sat down during a live TV appearance in Australia.

Excitement: Beyonce hosted a screening of her Live At Roseland dvd in New
York in November- a clip from which showed her saying: 'It's September 23rd. Right now I’m actually shooting the video for 'Countdown' and I’m six months pregnant!'

Earlier this month the Love On Top singer labelled the reports 'ridiculous', and told Katie Couric that she didn't let the rumours effect her.

She said of her decision to announce her pregnancy at the MTV awards: 'Physically I was starting to show, so it was only a matter of days before someone zoomed in. So I just wanted it to be from me.

'I wanted it to be something that was a celebration of something so beautiful.'

Sharing her joy: Beyoncé announced her pregnancy at the MTV Video Music Awards in August

'Honestly, I just felt free. I really did, because I'd been holding the most exciting thing in for so long, and I just felt like, "Wow, now I can enjoy and now I can just experience this the way that every woman should,"'

She continued: ' felt like, 'Oh, I can breathe and be happy. It was a beautiful feeling. ... I went straight off the stage and cried. I hugged my mom, I hugged Jay and just cried. It was a beautiful day.'

Beyoncé's announcement that she was pregnant produced a Twitter record for 8868 tweets per second.



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