February 2, 2017
by Patricia Gilbert
On February 1, 2017, Beyoncé broke a Guinness World Record when she announced on Instagram that she and her husband, Jay-Z, are expecting twins sometime this year. The Grammy-winning songstress made the announcement on Instagram by posting a photo of herself visibly pregnant, wearing a veil, and sitting in front of a wreath of flowers. The photo was accompanied by this message: “We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. – The Carters.” (Jay-Z’s real name is Shawn Carter.) The twins’ sex(es) and due date have not been publicly announced.
According to Guinness World Records, that Instagram post earned the title of the “most-liked image on Instagram,” garnered 6,335,571 likes in less than eight hours. Selena Gomez held the previous record, when she got 6,305,166 likes for an image posted on June 25, 2016, of Gomez sipping from a bottle of Coca-Cola with the caption, “When your lyrics are on the bottle.”
Beyoncé and rapper/mogul Jay-Z got married in 2008, after dating for about six years. The couple’s first child, daughter Ivy Blue, was born on January 7, 2012. Beyoncé publicly announced that pregnancy by rubbing her pregnant abdomen on stage after her performance at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.
In 2013, Beyoncé revealed in her HBO documentary “Life Is But a Dream” that she had a miscarriage before she became pregnant with Blue Ivy. Beyoncé said in the documentary, “About two years ago, I was pregnant for the first time. And I heard the heartbeat, which was the most beautiful music I ever heard in my life … Being pregnant was very much like falling in love. You are so open. You are so overjoyed. There’s no words that can express having a baby growing inside of you, so of course you want to scream it out and tell everyone.”
She also described when she found out that the baby wasn’t going to be born: “I flew back to New York to get my check up, and no heartbeat,” she said. “Literally the week before I went to the doctor, everything was fine, but there was no heartbeat.”
After the tragedy, she talked about how she dealt with the pain: “I went into the studio and wrote the saddest song I’ve ever written in my life … And it was actually the first song I wrote for my album. And it was the best form of therapy for me, because it was the saddest thing I’ve ever been through.”
Beyoncé’s unreleased song “Heartbeat” is widely believed to be that song. She also refers to the miscarriage in her song “Sorry” (on her 2016 album “Lemonade”), which refers to her children “both living and dead.”