Everything We Think We Know About Beyoncé's Babies

Welcome, Sir and Rumi!

By Sarah Rufca Nielsen June 30, 2017

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Beyoncé so far is staying tight-lipped on the newest members of her family.

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One thing we have learned this month is that if Beyoncé were president, there wouldn't be any leaks. Trump may have a hard time keeping his inner circle from talking to the press, but the Knowles-Carter clan and/or the Illuminati have no such issues. 

It's been nearly three weeks since Beyoncé allegedly gave birth to the world's most hotly anticipated twins—and a fortnight since their existence was first reported—and almost everything about them is still under wraps. If there's anything we've learned about Queen B, it's that she likes to reveal details about her personal life on her own terms, preferably through an HBO documentary, a concept album or (in a pinch) via her Instagram account.

The twins' official debut will no doubt be as major a moment as her Twitter-crashing pregnancy announcements. Until then, these are the crumbs of information we'll have to go by.

The most complete account of the birth comes via TMZ, which reported that the twins were born premature on June 12 and that they'd been kept in the hospital with a "minor issue." Its sources later elaborated that the twins were being kept "under the lights,"—probably, TMZ speculates, to counteract jaundice that is common in premature babies due to elevated levels on bilirubin. 

(It was widely reported that Jay and Bey had planned to give birth at one of the posh private birthing suites at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, but it looks like that may have been an effective diversion. Well-sourced stories post-birth say she delivered at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center instead. Seriously, someone please put Beyoncé in charge of the CIA.)

Though the Beyhive first thought the twins may have been two girls, based on something Barack Obama said, but now all signs point to a boy and a girl. The evidence is pretty thin though, namely a delivery of pink and blue balloons spotted outside the hospital with a card addressed to "B + J." Part of me really hopes there's a Brenda and James with another new set of twins in that hospital who are enjoying the attention their balloons have received.

This week Media Take Out added to the speculation, quoting an insider who said that the twins have been named after their parents: Shawn Jr. and Bea Carter (a separate report spelled it Sean, but Jay-Z's given name is spelled Shawn). Certainly it's possible that the same people who named their first child Blue Ivy—and then trademarked it—would go the traditional route of passing their own names down, but it seems more likely this is what they put on the babies' wrist IDs to keep a lid on the real names.

Other info that's probably wise to ignore includes anything that comes from Beyoncé's dad, Matthew Knowles. It's safe to assume any info he has is coming from the media, not from Bey, as he announced the arrival of the twins publicly just after the first media reports. The Knowles inside the circle of trust know better than to talk publicly. 

The latest news on the newest Knowles-Carters is that they've been released from the hospital and are bonding as a family in a $400,000-per month Malibu beach house, which according to People will serve as their home base until they find a permanent Los Angeles home base. Among their first visitors: Miss Tina, of course. 

The rental comes furnished, but Life & Style reports that the proud parents have spent $3 million to decorate nurseries in both New York and Los Angeles. Among the baby swag, according to the magazine, is "$12,000 cribs, Chanel linens, $3,600 Versace strollers and $1,200 Burberry diaper bags," not to mention a couple bejeweled pacifiers allegedly worth $2.5 million.

Update: TMZ is now reporting that the twins are named Rumi and Sir Carter, based on legal documents that were filed by the same company that filed for a Blue Ivy trademark earlier this year. 

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