Beyonce ‘BumpWatch’ News: The Latest

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Normally, I do a Bellyitch Bumpwatch roundup of various pregnant celebs but today, there is so much Beyonce news, the Stan in me will focus this post on Mrs. Carter news only.

(Smile)


Fans are going wild over the fact that the mega pop star recycled the large silver circular earrings she wore  in the “If I Were A Boy” video and speculating that she did so to relay subliminally to the world that she is having twin boys. (Cosmo)

img_3287The record Grammy nominated and winning start wore a cute black velvet mini dress that she accessorized with a black choker and black boots to her step dad Richard Lawson’s birthday party this week.

The Lemonade singer is also reportedly obsessed over the extra weight gain she’s had which is very common especially with twin pregnancies. (Hollywood Life)

And the platinum-selling artist is also reportedly excercising a bunch to stave off the excessive weight gain. (US Weekly)

And it is cool to note that she is being adventurous by wearing color durinf a time that most expecting women stick with the color black as it is slimming (See above collage of recent fashion)

We Imagine These are The Euorpean Trucks for the Twin Babies Jay-Z Rapped About

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During a February 2, 2017 interview, Beyonce’s dad Matthew Knowles suggested that Queen Bey is expecting a baby boy and baby girl this year but in DJ Khaled‘s song “Shining” that she and husband Jay-Z guest performed on a week later, Jay seemed to suggest that he didn’t know what the sex of the babies are.

Let’s back up:


Knowles, who currently is an entertainment assistant professor at Texas Southern University, learned about the pregnancy the same time we all did because Bey didn’t tell him before announcing it to the world via her artsy pregnancy announcement.

But during a sit down chat with Insider, the ex –Destiny’s Child manager shared the circumstances under which he learned/

“I was shocked,” Knowles told the site. “Let me tell you what happened. I got a first text, and I was like, ‘Why is this person saying congratulations?’ Then I get a second text from one of my students at Texas Southern, and I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ He was like, ‘Go to the web.’ I didn’t know myself.”

That might have been a good decision by  because Matthew might have accidentally spilled the beans too soon.

During the Insider interview, the talent manager and university instructor went on to possibly reveal the sex of the babies.

“And Blue Ivy is going to have some brothers and sisters. She is already excited,” he said.

When the interviewer pressed for a confirmation that Bey was going to have a girl and boy, Knowles quickly flipped the script.

He said he was just talking in general.

Mmmm hmmmm! No wonder Yonce didn’t tell dear old dad the news in advance. He plum would have revealed it too soon but he wouldn’t have been the first. In 2011, Kelly Rowland also slipped up during an interview and let people know about Blue’s gender before Bey and Jay could.

Both Rowland, who is like a sister, and of course Matthew, who is a grandfather to Mrs. Sean “Jay-Z” Carter’s 5-year old daughter Blue Ivy and Solange Knowles‘ 12-year old son, Daniel, would be forgiven.

He may be right about guessing though.

A week later, the same day Beyonce performed on the Grammy Awards, DJ Khaled released a single from his upcoming album titled, “Shining” (that’s my jam) but any way, on the song, Jay-Z has a few bars which seem to indicate that he is clueless (or was clueless back when he penned the lyrics) as to the baby’s gender. On the song, he raps:

One ain’t enough, I need two
That night I mix the Ace with the D’us’
Hit a triple-double in the Garden
I done my left wrist like I’m Harden (swish)
Ran to the dealer, bought twin Mercedes’
The European trucks for the twin babies
Don’t let me have a son, I’m a fool (ooooh)
Send him to school in all my jewels
I want a boy and girl I fight for truth
Whatever God give me, I’m cool

LISTEN to the entire thing here:

We imagine what those twin European (his and hers) Mercedes would look like in the above collage, specifically, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLS63. Below, check out actor-comedian Kevin Hart in front of his own Mercedes truck that he showed off his truck on social media recently. Something tells us these trucks will grow in popularity soon especially after the twin babies are born.

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Adele Did the Universal ‘Pregnant Woman Belly Cup’ and Sent the Internet Crazy!

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Yesterday, Adele did the universal subconscious hand over belly cupping that pregnant women do without even thinking, but only she did it in a photo that she posted on her Instagram account. You know what that means?

She triggered the bump watch brigade as speculation among her fans and followers immediately swarmed in social media that the 28-year old singer-songwriter is expecting her second child with husband Simon Konecki.


Recall that at the end of her North America tour, the multi-Grammy Award winner told the farewell tour audience that she was going to go have a baby, indicating that she will take her time off from touring to grow her family.

We know this may be a false alarm, but there have been several incidences in the past when a celebrity may have been pregnant at a time she was photographed cupping her belly but had not made any big public announcement confirming such news. Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez come to mind. (see above and actually Carey later miscarried, we believe)

We have blogged often about the “Bump Watch Speculation” which happens when a celeb woman has overindulged in a meal and is photographed by the paparazzi emerging from a restaurant, wears a dress with an unnatural bubble in it or gains a few pounds that show up in the belly area.  She is immediately presumed to be with child.

It could be nothing. Time will tell. We’ll be waiting. Stay tuned. (smile)

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Rochelle Humes Welcome Second Child, Daughter Valentina Raine

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Congrats to Brit TV host and former reality TV star of E!’s Chasing The Saturdays Rochelle Humes on the birth of her second child, a baby girl.

Humes famously waited until she was in her 6th month of pregnancy with her and Radio DJ and ex boy band husband Marvin Humes. to announce the news.


The Saturdays girl band and the former JLS star are already parents to three-year-old daughter Alaia-Mai.

‘The our world is now complete Valentina Raine Humes – Happy birthday little one,” she captioned an Instagram photo of herself cradling her newborn.

In an interview with the Daily MailOnline, Marvin candidly told the site as Rochelle grew closer to her due date that she was “getting zero sleep at night so it could be any day.”

He also confided about the decision to forgo finding out the baby’s sex in advance.

“With Alaia we found out (the sex) early on but with this one we thought we’d keep it a surprise as there’s so little you can keep a surprise in life and really this is life’s most beautiful surprise,” Marvin shared. “We’re really excited, I had a dream the other night that we had a boy and on the same night she had a dream we had a girl. We definitely planned to have number two. We’ve been quite lucky with the timing.”

Rochelle also dished to the press on her decision to stay mum on the pregnancy for so long.

“We wanted to keep it quiet for as long as possible. We told some close friends and they kept their mouth shut so I was impressed,” she added.

On the U.K. panel talk show Loose Women,  the singer gave clues about differences in this pregnancy which would be a clue she was having a baby of a different gender.

“I’m carrying low this time. It’s more up here [pointing to her cleavage] They’ve changed. He likes it more than I do.”

h/t The Daily Mail

Gwen Stefani Ditches Her Signature Ruby Red Lip for Hot Pink at 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards

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We were geeked to see our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum, singer and The Voice coach Gwen Stefani ditch her signature ruby red lip for neon pink tonight at the Nickelodeon’s 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards at USC Galen Center on March 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.


The star went with an embellished black rocker glam on the arrival carpet and hit the stage later to present an award in a cute “Slime” theme mini dress.

Good thing the mom to three boys stuck with her trademark platinum pony-tail or we wouldn’t be able to distinguish her from the twenty-something starlets out there.

Man, can you believe she is 47!?! Wow! Hot mama!

 

Blac Chyna is Getting her own Custom Pregnant Doll too

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Beyonce’s baby bump doll was a hit last week and look, Blac Chyna is getting her own doll created in her likeness. The Reality TV star of E!‘s Rob and Chyna, real name Angela Renee White, is working with a company called My3DNA, which specializes in making custom mini-me dolls between 5 to 11 inches tall.

The doll features Chyna in a ombre blue wig and a bump hugging brown jump suit from when she was carrying her daughter Dream, who she has with Rob Kardashian.


The company has made dolls for fashion bloggers, and other stars like Drake and Tupac; and charge $99.99 for a 5 inch doll and $399.99 for an 11 inch doll.

She posted photos from her shoot creating the doll which featured a photographer walking around her with a flashing scanner. You can get your own made but the company does not accept refunds so you better love it!

 

 

 

 

Amal Clooney Conundrum: News Sites Doing ‘Bump Watch’ is The New Normal


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A bunch of serious news publications like Time, Huffington Post, the U.K.’s Daily Mirror, and the like got dragged in social media this week for their reporting on International Human Rights lawyer Amal Clooney’s International Women’s Day speech at the United Nations.

On Wednesday, Clooney, also famously known for her actor-director husband George Clooney, accompanied one of her clients, human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee and Yazidi genocide survivor,  Nadia Murad to an important meeting in New York City.

During the meeting, titled “The Fight Against Impunity for Atrocities: Bringing Da’esh to Justice“, Amal gave a speech asking more be done to stop Da’esh, better known to Americans as ISIS, to prevent another Rwanda.

Rather than cover the very serious and substantive content of the first time mom-to-be of twins’ speech, those publications had articles that focused more on her baby bump and outfits.

As we’ve blogged a plenty before, the rules have changed in the digital and post-bump watch era and a lot of previously strict news sites have seamlessly encroached on salacious  news and gossip territory.

The Atlantic cracked the code, in the case of Time magazine, anyway, and figured out Time is just keeping up with the new generation of readers. The outlet noted a few years ago:


Over the last two years, TIME’s digital audience has expanded dramatically, and close to half our readers are millennials. They are drawn not only to TIME’s coverage of the world but increasingly to TIME’s content on how to live a richer, smarter, more meaningful life—how to negotiate a raise, how to manage your inbox, how to actually unplug on vacation. It was, we discovered, millennial women who were most passionate and most engaged with that content, and they were looking for more.

So we’ve created Motto, a new platform from the editors of TIME dedicated to empowering the next generation. It’s about offering the advice and support to blaze new trails and redefine success in the fundamental aspects of our lives: how we work, play, and live (and you’ll see that we’ve organized the site around these three sections).

The Atlantic gets it, writing,

“We are living, at this point, in a new regime. A reality TV star is president. Teen Vogue is  politics and policy. The Atlantic is covering the Kardashians. It is difficult—indeed, it is pretty much impossible—to find the line that divides politics from culture. Again: Convergence. Which isn’t a bad thing, necessarily—life is complicated and messy, and to divide its happenings into neat, newspapery columns was never fully true to that disarray—but it means that news organizations will need to be much more intentional about the way they present their stories to the public. It’s one thing for Entertainment Tonight to effuse about Amal Clooney’s baby bump. When Time does it, though—Time, which has spent years branding itself as a fairly straight-ahead summarizer of human events—the effusion will read as an insult, to Amal Clooney and to readers.

Yes, this may be The Atlantic covering itself here for getting into gossip news because clicks equal revenue and celebrity news sell.

All of digital media has to compete for the same eyeballs and cannot afford to leave any on the table…well er on the screen.

So we say lay off, though it would be in our best interest to not have to compete with established news organizations. (Ha!)


 

Mark Zuckerberg and wife Dr. Priscilla Chan Expecting Second Child

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Congratulations to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his pediatrician wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan on expecting their second child. Mark announced the news, naturally, on his Facebook page yesterday.

He also announced that the new baby is a girl as well and expressed delight about being the dad to two little princesses.


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“Priscilla and I are happy to share we’re expecting another baby girl!” he captioned several photos of himself with his sisters and Priscilla and her sister. “After our difficult experience having Max, we weren’t sure what to expect or whether we’d be able to have another child. When Priscilla and I first found out she was pregnant again, our first hope was that the child would be healthy. My next hope was that it would be a girl. I cannot think of a greater gift than having a sister and I’m so happy Max and our new child will have each other.”

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He continued to chime in about the strength of women.

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“I grew up with three sisters and they taught me to learn from smart, strong women,” Zuckerberg stated. “They weren’t just my sisters but some of my best friends. They’ve gone on to write books, excel at performance, music, sports, cooking and their careers. They showed me how to compete and still laugh together afterwards.”

Famed COO Sherly Sanberg chimed in her well wishes along with the many others:

Brazilian Sculptor Creates Grammy Baby Bump Beyonce Barbie

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The pregnant Beyonce tributes aren’t ending with copycat celebs and lip art recreation. A Brazilian doll maker has recreated the Grammy-performing pregnant Beyonce in a new custom “Barbie” doll.

Marcus Vinícius da Silva Bernardo, a 47-year-old sculptor who goes by Marcus Baby, immortalized Queen Bey’s golden goddess look in this new doll. da Silva Bernanrdo said it took him about a week to finish the work.


‘I did this job in five days and her clothes are made with gold rhinestones, metal, chains, rings, and wire,” the extravagant artist shares. “The doll has a plastic pregnant belly and also a fake piercing in her belly button, same as the original Beyoncé.”

He has re-created Mrs. Carter before but also other celebrities. “I have 250 other dolls which are inspired by other celebrities,”he shared with the Daily Mail while letting everyone know that they are not for sale. “they are only for myself. I don’t sell to anyone.”

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Beyoncé is expecting a pair of twins with her husband, rapper and business mogul Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter. During her Grammy performance last month, the pop icon did a 9-minute medley of some of the melodic ballads from her critically acclaimed last album,”Lemonade“, including “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles.

During the performance, she wore a stunning gold metallic and bump-revealing two-piece ensemble embellished with jewels, rhinestones and an ornate cape and crown.

Marcus Baby did an excellent job capturing all of the various moves from the show.

More pregnant Bey 💛💛💛 @beyonce #beyonce #doll #marcusbaby #pregnant #grammys2017 #grammy #boneca #gravida

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Here are some of the other celebs he has captured in doll form like Lupita N’yongo, Ke$ha and Madonna:

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We Can’t Get Enough Of Ciara’s Arrival Carpet Glam

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Second-time mom-to-be R&B crooner Ciara has been mixing up her red carpet and event arrival style, not sticking to any one color pallete or look.

Most recently, the designer muse looked regal in a royal red velvet fishtail train dress by Jovani while attending the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.


The day before, the gorgeous model went with a textured off white gown under a champagne chartreuse opera coat  by August Getty Atelier while attending the annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar-viewing party on February 25, 2017 at The City of West Hollywood Park on February 26, 2017 in West Hollywood, California.

She is even staying on trend, donning a black choker to accessorize her black sheer top and on-trend big loose palazzo pants she wore under an Off-White striped duster coat to the Warner Music Group Grammy party at Milk Studios back on February 12, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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And her casual looks are on point too. Usually makeup less, she rocked all black during a date night with the hubby in West Hollywood and was fresh-faced chilling one day in a chic IG pic she posted on her Instagram account a couple weeks ago, and in a recent out-and-about photo with her son Future Zahir on her back.

Get it Ci-Ci! Shoe em how Maternity Glam-Chic is done. (smile)