Beyonce Knowles has officially set the record straight over the birth of her first child with Jay-Z. In a joint statement released on Monday, January 9, the "Best Thing I Never Had" singer and her husband clarified that their daughter was not born on Friday, January 6 through a scheduled C-section as what had been previously reported.
"We are happy to announce the arrival of our beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, born on Saturday, January 7, 2012," the statement posted on Queen Bey's website read. "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."
While Bey and her husband officially announced baby Blue's arrival, the New York City hospital where the baby was born came out with a statement that debunks rumors surrounding the baby's birth. Frank Danza, a spokesman for Lenox Hill Hospital, denied that the powerhouse couple paid $1.3 million to have an entire floor to themselves and had intense security that kept other parents from seeing their own newborns.
"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," Danza said in a statement. "The suggestion that the couple paid $1.3 million to rent an entire maternity floor is simply not true."
The representative for the hospital continued, "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."
"The family does have its own security detail on site. However, the hospital has been and continues to be in control of managing all security at the facility," he further clarified. "We have made every effort to ensure minimal disruption to other families experiencing the births of their own children over the past three days."
"No security plan that we or the Carter's 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."