Beyoncé set Twitter on fire when she hinted on the VMA black carpet that she was set to make a big announcement, placing a hand on her stomach. Speculation turned into overwhelming joy when the pop superstar announced her pregnancy at the end of her “Love on Top” performance by unbuttoning her sparkling blazer and rubbing her noticeable bump.
Bey’s public announcement came as a bit of a surprise, given that the songstress usually gets media-shy when asked anything about her personal life during interviews. MTV News reached out to pop-culture expert Rob Shuter, columnist for HuffPost Celebrity, for his thoughts on how she revealed the big news. “I thought it was so brilliant that somebody as private as Beyoncé and Jay-Z would make their own rules to address the fact that she’s clearly pregnant,” he said.
Shuter explained that the power couple’s private nature made the revelation all the more joyous. “I love that this couple who has made it a policy to not talk about their personal life would once again do that, let us in on this huge secret, without ever really uttering any words.”
Kim Kardashian , a real pro at living publicly, told MTV News that she admired B’s choice of venue. “I thought it was really cool of her to come out and show that at the VMAs, ’cause music is her outlet. She could have done it with any magazine or news station, but she chose her home.”
Beyoncé is now among the ranks of other starlets who have chosen creative venues to reveal the anticipated news. Take a look at how some other A-list moms revealed their baby bumps:
Britney Spears, 2006
Surprises come by the dozen when we’re talking about Britney Spears’ life and career , and she had another one up her sleeve when she took to “The Late Show With David Letterman” in May 2006 to confirm her second pregnancy with then-husband Kevin Federline. “Don’t worry, Dave. It’s not yours,” the pop star laughingly told the late-night host after he circled around the question. Spears gave birth to her son Jayden James Federline that September and filed for divorce just two months later.
Jennifer Lopez, 2007
It was only appropriate that J.Lo chose a concert as her venue to announce that she and husband Marc Anthony were having a baby — he was the tour’s co-headliner. “We didn’t want to say anything before, because we didn’t want to take away from the tour, but Marc and I are expecting,” the pop star revealed to fans during the Miami stop of her El Cantante Tour. Anthony then turned to his wife, kissed her belly and told the crowd that he “did not expect her to say anything.” Lopez gave birth to fraternal twins Emme and Maximilian Muñiz, in early 2008.
Ashlee Simpson, 2008
Ashlee Simpson and then-husband Pete Wentz make our list not because of their announcement but because of their steadfast policy before they made it: deny, deny, deny. Simpson even shied away from the question during an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” as the pregnancy rumors were at their height. “Well, that has been going on for quite a while. That is something that I choose personally not to discuss,” Simpson said, before cracking a joke about whether she looks like she can eat “10 cheese burgers or something.” Almost a month later, the couple took to FriendsOrEnemies.com to confirm the news, writing, “While many have speculated about this, we wanted to wait until after the first trimester to officially confirm that we are expecting our first child.”
Jessica Alba, 2011
Some use their Facebook news feed to talk about work or current events. Some use it to talk with friends. Jessica Alba used it to announce her pregnancy to the world. “It’s been a while since I’ve been on FB & I thought I’d drop by to let you all in on some exciting news>Honor is going to be a Big Sister!” the actress wrote in February. Just a couple weeks ago, Alba gave birth to a baby girl named Haven Garner Warren and, as expected, took to her Facebook profile to announce the news.
Hilary Duff, 2011
Hilary Duff also favors the Internet for her personal revelations. In celebration of her one-year anniversary to husband Mike Comrie, the starlet offered fans with an extra special blog post. “I can’t believe it has already been a year, time really flies when you’re having fun!” she wrote on her website in mid-August. “We also want to share the exciting news that …… BABY MAKES THREE!!!” Since then, the former Disney actress has taken to her Twitter to dish on her many pregnancy cravings: “Today it was rice crispy treats! trying really hard to give them ALL away!!!”
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