After six years of will-they-or-won’t-they speculation, celebrity power couple Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z might have finally said, “I do,” in a private wedding ceremony at Jay-Z’s New York apartment.
On Tuesday, the pair were rumored to have secured a marriage license in Scarsdale, New York, a short distance from their Manhattan home. That report was met with some incredulity, given that it was April Fools’ Day.
However, speculation that the couple were finally tying the knot began to ramp up early Friday morning (April 4) when a tent was erected at the top of Jay-Z’s building. Soon after, a large delivery of flowers and candelabras was made to the downtown locale, according to People. The mag also reported that waiters could be seen on the swank pad’s roof practicing service.
At 8 p.m. ET Friday, a reverend and his wife were spotted outside Jay’s apartment, according to Us Weekly.
Did wedding bells ring? If not, the duo might have a lot of explaining to do to a slew of guests who arrived Friday night, including Jay’s mom, Gloria Carter; B’s father, Mathew Knowles; her sister, Solange; Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and wife Gwyneth Paltrow; and Beyoncé’s Destiny’s Child bandmates, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, all of whom were spotted by TMZ.
Late Thursday night, Rowland and Williams posted a video on YouTube from an “undisclosed location,” Williams joked, before Rowland admitted to being in NYC. Giggling like schoolgirls at a slumber party, Rowland and Williams remained coy regarding B’s rumored nuptials.
While family and famous friends were making their way inside, the guests’ cell phones had to stay in the car, according to TMZ. Drivers were circling the apartment waiting for further instruction from security, and they all had their clients’ phones in tow. The drivers also told the site they were hired for the event three days ago, then the event was called off Friday only to be called back on later in the day.
If the wedding did go down Friday, the honeymoon would be over very quickly — Jay-Z is scheduled to perform in Greensboro, North Carolina, on Saturday night with Mary J. Blige as part of the Heart of the City Tour .
Reps for Beyoncé and Jay-Z did not respond with comment to MTV News by press time.
[This story was originally published at 9:29 p.m. ET on 4.4.2008]