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Beyonce's surprise twins announcement goes viral

Beyoncé last night said that she & husband Jay Z are expecting twins, sending social media into a meltdown.

Beyonce announced her pregnancy via Instagram on 1 February 2017. Picture: instagram.com

Pop superstar Beyoncé said on Wednesday that she and her husband, rap star and entrepreneur Jay Z, were expecting twins, sending social media into a meltdown.

"We would like to share our love and happiness," Beyoncé, 35, posted on her Instagram page. "We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes."

The announcement came with a photo of the Crazy in Love singer stripped down to her lingerie, caressing a noticeable baby bump, and wearing a veil over her head.

The news became the top trending item on Twitter with more than 500,000 tweets in the first hour.

he birth of the couple's first baby, Blue Ivy, caused a paparazzi storm in 2012 with New York's Lenox Hill hospital shutting down part of its maternity wing to accommodate music's royal couple.

Beyoncé did not say when the twins were due to be born nor did she give any details about her pregnancy.

The news came less than a year after the release of Beyoncé’s album Lemonade, in which she appeared to address long-standing rumors of trouble in her eight-year marriage.

The lyrics of several songs spoke about being cheated on, and regretting being married. But Beyoncé made clear in the final tracks of the album and in music videos featuring Jay-Z that she had decided to stay in the relationship.

The couple have never directly addressed the rumours.

It was not clear whether the pregnancy would affect plans for the Grammy Awards on 10 February, where Beyoncé has a leading nine nominations, mostly for Lemonade, and would be expected to perform.

She is also due to headline a concert at the Coachella music festival in southern California in April.

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