As excitement ramps up for the arrival of Beyoncé's twins — this may be a bigger event than the royal wedding in 2011, guys — fans are now wondering exactly where and when Beyoncé will be welcoming her new arrivals. Beyoncé and husband Jay Z famously rented out an expensive maternity suite when Beyoncé gave birth to Blue Ivy in New York in 2012, but rumor has it she might switch up her plans this year. Could Beyoncé have a home birth this time around? Beyoncé's representative did not immediately respond to Romper's request for comment.
It's not the sort of information Beyoncé or Jay Z are in the habit of sharing (and considering their level of fame, that's not surprising in the least), so it's hard to know whether the Lemonade star would be up for a home birth. However, speculation is definitely out there, and unnamed sources reportedly told web tabloid Radar Online that Beyoncé had considered it.
"She really wants to have her babies at home in Los Angeles," the source reportedly said in February. "After all the drama that she went through in New York when she delivered Blue Ivy, Beyonce and Jay Z do not want to deal with a hospital."
That said, mysterious sources have a tendency to pop out of the woodwork anytime a celebrity comes up — and Beyoncé herself told People in 2012 that the reports about her security entourage disrupting hospital operations for Blue Ivy's birth were "ridiculous."
No matter what, though, you can expect that Beyoncé's second birth will be very private and very personal, just as her first was. "I am very protective," Beyoncé said during a Good Morning America appearance in 2013, according to Us Weekly. She continued:
I just want to make sure that [Blue Ivy] can have a healthy, safe, normal life. In the back of my mind, she’s my priority. And life is completely different now. I feel really, really just lucky that I can still do what I love, and now have a way bigger meaning. And that’s to be her mother.
So whether Beyoncé decides to give birth in her Los Angeles home or in a hospital in Los Angeles or New York, chances are fans will know nothing about it until Beyoncé decides to share that news with them. Nobody can fault a mother for wanting to protect her children, so hopefully media and the Beyhive will be able to pocket their curiosity and wait for Beyoncé to share her own news.