Blue Ivy, daughter of pop royalty Beyonce and Jay Z, is about to become a big sister – twice over.
The couple announced on Wednesday via Instagram that the superstar singer is pregnant with twins.
“We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two,” said a statement signed “The Carters,” Jay Z’s real last name.
The news came with a photo of Beyonce showing off her brand new baby bump while wearing a bra, underwear and a veil, in front of a backdrop of flowers.
The internet’s reaction was swift and immense, with the post getting more than seven million likes, a new Instagram record.
Many joked — or perhaps not — that they needed to take the day off work to process the concept of two more mini Beyonces in the world.
i gotta leave work early. beyoncé is pregnant
— judgmental gay (@jdgmntlgay) February 1, 2017
I got to work ten minutes ago and have been congratulated twice about Beyoncé being pregnant 😂😂😂
— Twinning (@BergsKG) February 2, 2017
Can’t believe my work called a meeting just to tell us Beyoncé is pregnant.
— ph17ip (@philip_charles) February 1, 2017
The wording of the announcement, in which Beyonce and Jay Z thanked their fans for “your well wishes”, was also scrutinised.
“Pre-emptively thanking people for well wishes is iconic,” one Twitter user joked.
The 35-year-old announced the pregnancy on the first day of Black History Month in the United States, presumably a pre-planned move that did not go unnoticed by her fans.
What a way to bring in Black History Month! Beyoncé is pregnant with twins!!!! pic.twitter.com/JzkBGoxekB
— Ashley Howard (@ashdawnhoward) February 2, 2017
However, some questioned her timing, arguing it could distract people from the importance of the event, which was first introduced in 1926 to pay tribute to important events and people throughout African-American history.
why is Beyoncé number one trending on the first day of Black History Month 😑
— dee breezy (@xxdbreezyxx) February 2, 2017
First day of Black History Month and Beyoncé steals the day smh
— Keith (@LoyaltyisKey_) February 2, 2017
Someone just said happy "Beyoncé Month"…. I'm sorry but her being pregnant is not black history.
— Sadé (@sadeetatyana) February 2, 2017
Others raised concerns the pregnancy would impact on the singer’s upcoming headline appearance at the Coachella music festival in California in April.
According to US celebrity gossip site TMZ, AEG Live, the production company behind the sold-out festival, had no idea the star was expecting.
"Yo you heard Beyonce having Twins?!"
Coachella Producers: pic.twitter.com/FhFxgjGQ7e
— Lynx (@MaAdLynx) February 1, 2017
Twitter’s brightest and funniest seized on the opportunity to joke about US politics in relation to Beyonce’s womb.
When Trump basically threatens to go to war with Iran but Beyoncé is also having twins. pic.twitter.com/6vcKIDPaMg
— John Haltiwanger (@jchaltiwanger) February 1, 2017
Sad that there are more black people in Beyoncé right now, than in Trumps entire cabinet team.
— Gráinne Maguire (@GrainneMaguire) February 1, 2017
Beyoncé got pregnant to help us through this Trump presidency. She's really an American hero.
— Tony. (@SoLyrical) February 1, 2017
Meanwhile, US GQ Magazine writer Caity Weaver had a very public meltdown.
Caught myself in a mirror. Hair disheveled, clothes rumpled…but literally the only thing I've done today is learn Beyoncé is having twins
— Caity Weaver (@caityweaver) February 1, 2017
Beyonce and Jay Z’s daughter, Blue Ivy, was born in 2012. The little girl served as the inspiration for Jay Z’s hit song Glory, and she’s appeared in music videos alongside her mother.
Beyonce, who set a record in December for earning Grammy Award nominations in the rock, pop, R&B and rap categories in the same year with her diverse album, Lemonade, announced her last pregnancy at the 2011 MTV VMAs.
She leads all Grammy nominees with nine and is due to perform at the Grammy ceremony on Sunday, February 12.
She is the most nominated woman in Grammy Awards history, with 53 nominations and 20 wins and she has helped launch the streaming service Tidal.
She and Jay Z were married in April 2008. Beyonce revealed in 2013 that she had suffered a miscarriage before Blue Ivy’s birth.
In 2013, Beyonce told ABC News that she definitely “would like more children”.
“I think my daughter needs some company. I definitely love being a big sister,” she said, referring to little sister, Grammy-nominated singer Solange Knowles.
– with AAP