Beyonce baby controversy over security, reported $1.3M floor rental addressed by hospital
The New York hospital where Beyonce recently welcomed baby daughter Blue Ivy denies reports that said her and rapper husband Jay-Z rented out an entire maternity floor for $1.3 million and had their own bodyguards take control of security in the area.
"Lenox Hill Hospital and its staff were delighted to welcome the Carter family for the birth of their firstborn on Saturday evening, but we are troubled by the misinformation being circulated in some news media reports," the medical center's executive director, Frank Danza said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com.
The New York Daily News quoted "staffers" from the hospital as saying that Beyonce and Jay-Z spent $1.3 million to "seal off and redecorate a wing at the upper East Side hospital, in a super-strict effort to protect their privacy."
"The suggestion that the couple paid $1.3 million to rent an entire maternity floor is simply not true," Danza said. "The family is housed in an executive suite at the hospital and is being billed the standard rate for those accommodations. Our executive suites are available for any patient, including the food service and amenities provided to the Carter family."
A Lenox Hill Hospital spokesperson had no immediate comment on Tuesday, January 10, as to what is the facility's standard rate for an executive suite.
A Brooklyn man named Neil Coulon told the New York Daily News that the couple's security guards repeatedly barred him and his relatives from entering a neonatal intensive care unit, where his wife had delivered two premature baby girls, "just because they wanted to use the hallway."
"The family does have its own security detail on site," Danza said in his statement. "However, the hospital has been and continues to be in control of managing all security at the facility."
"We have made every effort to ensure minimal disruption to other families experiencing the births of their own children over the past three days," he said. "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 (NICU), and to date, no families have complained to the hospital about being denied access to the NICU.
The medical center's reps had also said no formal complaints were filed. Beyonce, 30, and Jay-Z, who is 42 and whose real name is Shawn Carter, have not commented about the reports. The couple left the hospital with their baby girl early on Tuesday, People magazine reported.
On Monday, Jay-Z recently released a new song, "Glory," which is about his newborn daughter. Blue Ivy is his first child with Beyonce, whom he married in 2008. The track, "Glory," makes reference to a miscarriage his wife had prior to the birth.