It’s finally official: Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter gave birth to twins in June, and early Friday morning, Sir Carter and Rumi made their official debut on Instagram.
Beyoncé’s caption reads, “Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today.”
As of 6:45 a.m. ET, the photo had already surpassed 4.5 million likes on the social platform.
It has been a busy few months, so you’re forgiven if you forgot that the year began with a baby bump for Queen Bey: Back in February, Beyoncé’s pregnancy announcement became, within a day, the most-liked Instagram post of all time. Just a few weeks later, she performed the Lemonade tracks “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles” at the 2017 Grammy Awards — and canceled on Coachella, vowing to return next year.
The Internet knew something was up when Jay Z didn’t attend his own induction into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame on June 15, opting instead to thank the hip-hop community via a torrent of rambling Twitter posts. TMZ reported in June (and NPR confirmed) that Beyoncé’s licensing company had filed documents June 26 to trademark the twins’ names.
Should Bey need something to lull the newborns to sleep, there are always the lullaby versions of her own tunes.
Back in February, Frank Ocean was sued by his dad Calvin Cooksey for $14.5 million USD, accusing the singer-songwriter of libel and defamation. This happened after Frank revealed that his father called a transgender waitress a “f****t” when Frank was a child, in response to the Orlando nightclub shooting incident. In May, Ocean responded to his dad’s lawsuits, saying that his statements are true and denying the validity of his father’s claims.
However, things haven’t been smooth for both Ocean and his father in this legal battle. According to The Jasmine Brand, a judge pointed out that Frank’s defence does not contain enough factual information. The singer was warned that he would face sanctions from the court if he kept using the “same arguments in order to confuse his father or hide the truth of the matter.” The judge says that both Ocean and his dad have both used “unnecessary litigation tactics” during the case and wants both parties to cease their behavior. Learn more about the progression of the case via The Jasmine Brand.
Facing bankruptcy luxury phone company Vertu recently announced that it is set to shut down its manufacturing division. After a failed £1.9 million GBP ($2.4 million USD) rescue bid to pay the company’s £128 million GBP (approximately $166 million USD) debt, Vertu will be closing its productions at its Hampshire factory. The move will result in 200 employees being laid off and uncertainty regarding the future of the company. Owner Murat Hakan Uzan will continue to hold onto the company brand, design licenses, and technology, but there are no signs of a rebuild strategy at this time. Though if you visit Vertu’s official website now you will see a message from Uzan outline plans to revive the company:
“We have taken the difficult decision to suspend our current Vertu services and focus on developing a completely new, next-generation suite of services, exclusively for our customers. We plan to launch these new services from September 2017 and update this page closer to launch with further information.”