Who is Rumi Carter?
Rumi Carter is the younger daughter of American singer-songwriter and actor Beyoncé and her rapper husband, Jay-Z. Rumi and her twin brother, Sir, have an elder sister named Blue. Their mother is a 23-time ‘Grammy’-winning artist and has chronicled her whole pregnancy experience in the 'Netflix' series based on her life, ‘Homecoming.' She shared that her second pregnancy was problematic, as her body underwent a lot of issues during the gestation period and developed several complications that took a toll on the singer’s health. Despite the issues, Beyoncé announced the arrival of Rumi and Sir in a unique way. She posted two 'Instagram' pictures: one clicked when she was carrying the twins and another with her twins after their birth. Both the images took over the internet and are still considered as the two most-liked pictures on social media. One can now find Rumi, Sir, and their elder sister Blue Ivy’s photos on Beyoncé's social-media pages and blog.
The exact date when Beyoncé and Jay-Z began dating each other was not known until 2007, when Jay-Z revealed to the media that he had met her in 1997. The following year, Beyoncé told 'Seventeen' that she was 18 when she first met him. They had started dating a year after their first meet.
Jay-Z dropped his single '03 Bonnie & Clyde,' featuring Beyoncé, in 2002. This fueled their relationship rumors. The two had hidden their relationship for many years. In an interview to 'Vanity Fair,' Jay-Z said that his relation with Beyoncé began to pace up around the time of their photo campaign for the magazine’s music issue.
Adding to their professional commitments with each other, Jay-Z featured as a rapper in Beyoncé’s single 'Crazy in Love' from her first solo album, 'Dangerously in Love,' released in 2003. The two made their official red-carpet debut as a couple, wearing matching outfits, at the 'MTV VMA' event the following year.
In the subsequent years, Jay-Z and Beyoncé collaborated on many more music projects, faced cheating rumors, and denied stories of their engagement. Following this, they finally got married in 2008, in a secret ceremony held at Jay-Z’s New York City penthouse. Three years later, Beyoncé announced her first pregnancy by flaunting her baby bump at the red carpet event of the 'MTV VMAs.' However, Beyoncé had suffered a miscarriage before, which she once described as "the saddest thing” that had ever happened to her.
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Beyoncé’s second pregnancy was revealed in February 2017, when she posted an 'Instagram' photo cradling her baby bump. The picture became an internet sensation overnight and broke all records of the number of “likes” and comments on the app (over 6.3 million "likes" within 8 hours). She was 5 months pregnant at the time. The picture later became the most-liked 'Instagram' photo of 2017, and till January 2018, it held the title of the most-liked ‘Instagram’ picture ever. As soon as the picture was published, Beyoncé fans showered their warm wishes on her and deluged her with queries on the baby’s gender. Beyoncé did not reveal the gender immediately. Instead, she gave some hints and clues for her fans to guess the gender of the baby. The mystery was unveiled after Beyoncé posted a pair of earrings as a clue.
Beyoncé came to know that she was expecting in late 2016. Though she performed at the 'Grammy Awards' during her pregnancy, in February 2017, she had to cancel her 2017 'Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival' schedule due to complications related to her pregnancy.
Birth & Aftermath
Rumi and her twin brother, Sir, were born on June 13, 2017, at 5:13 am local time at the 'Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center,' Los Angeles, California. Their elder sister, Blue Ivy Carter, was born in 2012. Beyoncé and Jay bought a huge baby collection worth £130 thousand from the luxurious baby brand 'Suommo' for their twins.
On July 13, 2017, Beyoncé uploaded the first image of her twins on her 'Instagram' page. The picture was as popular as the one posted during her pregnancy and became the second most-liked post on 'Instagram.' The photo was clicked by Mason Poole, as confirmed by her representative. The post also revealed the names of the twins. Rumi is named after 13th-century Persian poet Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, who is hailed as one of the most famous poets in the US.
The September 2018 issue of 'Vogue' published an article about Beyoncé’s pregnancy and its aftermath. In her 'Netflix' documentary, 'Homecoming,' Beyoncé got candid about her second pregnancy and the complications and challenges she faced returning to the stage after her delivery. Beyoncé developed preeclampsia due to pregnancy. Also known as toxemia, it is a pregnancy condition that leads to high blood pressure and massive weight gain. At the time of the twins’ delivery, she weighed 218 lbs. During the final stage of Beyoncé’s pregnancy, media channels spread some nasty rumors of her getting lip fillers, which were later denied by her representative. Apparently, her pregnancy complications had made her lips looks plumper.
The delivery, too, was painful, as the heartbeat of one of Beyoncé’s babies in the womb had paused for a few seconds. Hence, the doctors suggested an emergency C-section. After the delivery, Rumi and Sir were kept under phototherapy treatment to eliminate high levels of bilirubin in their blood. They were both at high risk of getting jaundice. Despite having such a painful and complicated pregnancy and delivery, Beyoncé made a grand return with 'Coachella,' the event she had canceled the previous year.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z filed documents to trademark Rumi and Sir’s names, which means that the names can be used by them for branding a variety of products in the future. However, the power couple rarely shares photos of their twins and Blue Ivy Carter and prefers keeping them away from the media. Despite this, one can find the children’s pictures on Beyoncé’s social-media pages. In July 2018, Beyoncé published a few pictures of her and Jay-Z with Rumi and Sir in Europe while they were on a tour break. The same year, Beyoncé shared several pictures of her children while they were on a trip to India.