Early reports made it sound like Jay-Z and Beyoncé received royal treatment at the hospital where Beyoncé gave birth. The stories claimed that the superstar couple rented out an entire floor of the hospital for over a million dollars and hired security to protect their space, enraging others in the facility who felt like they weren't being given the proper attention. Lenox Hill Hospital spokesperson Frank Danza told MTV he was "troubled by the misinformation," and he released a statement.
The hospital's statement:
"The suggestion that the couple paid $1.3 million to rent an entire maternity floor is simply not true. The family is housed in an executive suite at the hospital and is being billed the standard rate for those accommodations," Danza said in the statement. "Our executive suites are available for any patient, including the food service and amenities provided to the Carter family.
We have made every effort to ensure minimal disruption to other families experiencing the births of their own children over the past three days. No security plan that we or the Carters' security team put in place would have prevented or delayed families from gaining access to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit," Danza continued in the statement. "Lenox Hill Hospital takes patient privacy and safety very seriously. And while we congratulate the Carter family on the birth of their child, we value the loyalty of ALL our patients and always strive to ensure a positive experience, knowing that the birth of a child is a wonderful moment producing memories of a lifetime."
In other news, Jay and Beyoncé have released an official statement via Beyoncé's blog. Despite all the gossip, rumor-spreading, and attention, they sound calm, happy, and thankful.
Joint statement from Beyoncé and Jay-Z:
Hello Hello Baby Blue!
We are happy to announce the arrival of our beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, born on Saturday, January 7, 2012.
Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in heaven.
She was delivered naturally at a healthy 7 lbs and it was the best experience of both of our lives.
We are thankful to everyone for all your prayers, well wishes, love and support.
- Beyoncé & JAY Z