Beyonce is one smart cookie.
Today, everyone is going a little crazy with the news that the pop star may be welcoming her baby with hubby Jay-Z a little earlier than everyone expected. In a YouTube clip from the set of her video for "Countdown," King Bey holds up the Sept. 23 edition of the New York Daily News and responds to its "Oh Baby!" headline by saying she is six months pregnant.
"Hello, it's Sept. 23. Oh baby! Oh baby! Oh baby! Oh baby! This was on the cover of the Daily News. Right now I'm actually shooting the video for 'Countdown' and I'm six months pregnant, pretending that my stomach is flat in body suits," the superstar says in the clip. "But thank god you can't really tell from the front, but when I turn to the side ... Oh baby! Oh baby!"
But wait! That would mean that she is due in mid-to-late December and not February, as was reported earlier during a sit-down interview with the star on Australia's "Sunday Night." That's a pretty dramatic shift in time! And it makes us wonder if Beyonce isn't maybe trying create a little bit of confusion around when she's actually due so she can give birth in peace. It's a totally understandable trick – Beyonce is notoriously private and unlike many modern celebrities, who quite literally invite cameras into the delivery room, our girl Bey has never been one to give in to the prying eyes of the press.
We've compiled a little evidence after the jump.
>>> If Beyonce was indeed six months pregnant on Sept. 23, 2011, that would mean she was about five months pregnant during her intimate, mid-August performances at the Roseland Ballroom in support of her (awesome) album 4.
Yes, pregnancy hits everyone a little differently, every lady gains different amounts of weight and begins to show at different times, but does Beyonce look five months pregnant in the first image below (from August 18)?
>>> Which brings us to the second and third pictures in the above image. Again, a lot can happen in three weeks in the life a of a pregnant woman, and we hold degrees in English and communications and not obstetrics so we are not experts in pregnancy, but the middle image is from Beyonce's performance at the MTV Video Music awards on August 28 and the third image is from the "Countdown" set video on Sept. 23. It's a dramatic difference.
It's also worth pointing out that the first image and the third image in the above photo were taken one month and five days apart.
>>> Another point of interest comes from that original "Sunday Night" interview during which the February due date was first revealed. Anyone who has ever dealt with celebrities, particularly stars of Beyonce's caliber, knows that the details revealed in an intimate sitdown of this variety are not arbitrary. "Sunday Night" did not just make up or assume that Beyonce was due in February; that information was told to them by someone and it was likely a person within her camp who the show believed could speak with authority on the matter.
This is all, of course, speculative. But it's something we've been thinking for a while. Bey knows that the paparazzi are going to be an inescapable presence in her life as her due date nears, and her skills at dodging them over the years make us think she'd be clever enough to fudge the facts of her due date to throw them off her trail. While she is one of the most famous women in the world, her pregnancy is a private matter and her personal business, and she's made it abundantly clear that the details of her private life are not meant for public consumption. (She and Jay-Z are still very careful when talking about each other in interviews … nearly four years after they tied the knot!) For Beyonce, one of the classiest cats in the game, some things are still sacred.