Baby Blue has left the building! Beyonce and Jay-Z take newborn daughter home after $1.3 million hospital stay
They are rumoured to have spent a staggering $1.3 million to renovate a private wing for their new baby daughter Blue Ivy Carter's arrival.
But after just three days at one of New York's swankiest hospital Lenox Hill, Beyonce, her husband Jay-Z and their newborn bundle of joy have left the building.
A hospital spokesman has confirmed to the New York Post that the family departed this morning after the pop star, 30, gave birth last Saturday night.
Home time: Beyonce and Jay-Z have reportedly taken their newborn daughter Blue Ivy Carter home
The couple reportedly checked out of the hospital at 1.30am, and left in a large SUV complete with tinted windows.
The trio were said to have been followed by a conclave of cars through the darkness.
No doubt the couple were taking Blue Ivy to their luxurious Manhattan apartment so she could settle into her new home.
The elaborate departure comes at it had emerged that the A-list couple infuriated other new parents by enforcing a lockdown at the hospital where they had their first child together.
Departure: After three days at one of New
York's swankiest hospital Lenox Hill, the family were said to have left at 1.30am this morning
The pop superstars reportedly spent over a million dollars in pricey renovations to an exclusive recovery area – including a bulletproof door for Beyonce's room.
They also had their own private security force working an area alongside hospital security already at Lenox Hill Hospital.
The extraordinary lengths for privacy led to other parents bitterly complaining that the intense measures had made other new parents miss out on precious moments with their own newborns.
Extravagant stay: The pop superstars reportedly spent over a
million dollars in pricey renovations to an exclusive recovery area in the hospital
Fuming parents said they were essentially put on 'lockdown' so that the songstress and her party could come and go as they pleased.
'They just used the hospital like it was their own and nobody else mattered,' blasted new dad Neil Coulon, who said his efforts to see his premature, newborn twins in the neonatal ICU were disrupted at least four times by the arrival of Beyonce and her crew.
Coulon – who is from Jay-Z's native Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn – said some of his relatives drove 4 1/2 hours to see his girls, only to be shunted aside for Beyonce.
'They locked us into the NICU and would say, “You can't come out to the hallway for the next 20 minutes.” When I finally was able to go back out, I went to the waiting room and they'd ushered my family downstairs!
Not happy: The couple's extraordinary lengths for privacy
led to other parents bitterly complaining
'These are parents who are going through very stressful times,'' the 39-year-old contractor said of NICU parents. 'To have that circus roll into town, having to deal with all this drama because someone is a superstar, isn't fair.'
He added: 'These are children with
problems in intensive care and you're just going to take over the
hospital like you own it All I want is an apology.
'This is the NICU. Nobody cares if you're a celebrity. Nobody is star-gazing. They just want to see their children.
'To have that circus roll into town and ruin our parade was unpleasant.'
Beyonce and Jay-Z had already spent
the past two months supervising renovations to Beyonce's mammoth,
fourth-floor recovery digs – including the installation of a bulletproof
door to her room, a hospital worker told The New York Post.
windows in her reserved wing on that floor were darkened with what
appeared to be special curtains or tape to prevent anyone looking in.
Arrival: Beyonce gave birth to daughter Blue Ivy Carter last Saturday night
'Her room is bulletproof. It's custom-made,' a staffer said, noting that the couple sent in a security team 'a couple of months ago' to evaluate the accommodations.
'They came in and reconstructed it. It's completely different,'' said the employee.
But the real drama surrounding Blue Ivy's long-awaited arrival began Friday night, when Beyonce checked in under the name Ingrid Jackson and settled into her sixth-floor delivery suite to have the baby.
Windows in the NICU down the hall were blacked out with tape and temporary curtains so that nobody could see the comings and goings of the VIPs at the other end of the hallway.
Beyonce had 'her own security, and hospital security,' a Lenox Hill employee noted.
On Sunday night Blue Ivy and Beyonce
had been moved back down to their special pad on the fourth floor, where
the Grammy-winning new mom and rapper dad showed her off to friends,
the employee said.
it has emerged that Beyonce's estranged father Matthew Knowles was present for Blue's arrival, according to website Mediatakeout.com.
However it wasn't on the singer's insistence.
The pop star reportedly didn't want her father to be there, but husband Jay-Z managed to convince her otherwise.
And apparently in the end the new mother was overjoyed.
'[Mathew] came into the delivery room while Bey was in labor and [Beyonce] broke down in tears . . . she cried openly. It was the first time she'd laid eyes on her father in almost a year,' a source told mediatakeout.com.
Beyonce famously cut professional ties with her father and former manager in March this year.
At the time she insisted that the split was purely on a professional basis, saying in a statement: 'He is my father for life and I love my dad dearly. I am grateful for everything he has taught me.'
However there was speculation of trouble in their father/daughter relationship.
It was believed that they ceased communication as Knowles had allegedly pilfered money from his daughter throughout her successful career.
Beyonce was also believed to have been furious about her father cheating on her mother Tina, and getting the other woman pregnant with a lovechild.
Happy news: Beyonce announced her pregnancy to the world last August at the MTV Video Music Awards with a simple rub of her swollen belly
Yesterday it also emerged that Beyonce suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage before
falling pregnant with her daughter, according to hubby Jay-Z.
The rapper made the revelation in a new song Glory which he posted on his social website Life and Times yesterday.
The tune is a tribute to Blue Ivy, and in
the song, Jay-Z, 42, talks about where the child was conceived (in
Paris) and even reveals that Beyonce had a lost a child one point.
'Last time the miscarriage was so tragic/We was afraid you'd disappear/But nah baby you magic.'
The sound of crying Blue Ivy can be heard at the end of the song.
The track was produced by Pharrell and credits the new arrival as 'B.I.C.'
Other moving lyrics include: 'The most amazing feeling I feel, words can't describe what I'm feeling for real / Baby, I paint the sky blue, my greatest creation was you.
'You're the child of destiny / you're the child of my destiny / you're my child with the child from Destiny's Child.'
Early reports claimed the singer gave birth via C-section, but the couple now say otherwise.
released a joint statement yesterday, saying Blue 'was delivered
naturally at a healthy 7 lbs and it was the best experience of both of
added, 'Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in
heaven. We are thankful to everyone for all your prayers, well wishes,
love and support.'
Sweet tweets: Rihanna was one of many celebrities that tweeted her congratulations and well wishes to the power couple and newborn
It's the first child for the power couple, who wed in 2008 in a private ceremony after a years-long courtship.
Beyonce announced her pregnancy to the world last August at the MTV Video Music Awards with a simple rub of her swollen belly.
Celebs close to the couple have tweeted congrats. Beyonce's sister, Solange Knowles, tweeted Sunday morning: 'The most beautiful girl in the world,' while Rihanna also tweeted: 'Welcome to the world princess Carter! Love Aunty Rih.'