Early baby shower for Knowles

BEYONCE Knowles has been inundated with gifts since announcing her pregnancy.

The 'Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)' hitmaker announced at last weekend's MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) that she and husband Jay-Z are expecting their first child together and insiders say they have since received messages and presents from their celebrity friends, including Rihanna, Oprah Winfrey and Beyonce's former Destiny's Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.

A source said: "Her phone hasn't stopped ringing. She's received dozens of bouquets of flowers, teddy bears, fruit baskets, you name it."

Beyonce and Jay-Z tied the knot in 2008 and while they have previously spoken of their desire to start a family, friends say they wanted to enjoy their first years of marriage before having children.

The insider explained to America's OK! magazine: "She and Jay wanted to focus on their careers and enjoy the first years of their marriage.

"Now, with everything so perfect in both those regards, she can't wait to be a mom."

Earlier this year, Beyonce spoke of her desire to settle down into being a wife and mother.

She said: "When you're young - 18 or 19 - you have the energy and drive. That's the time to work as hard as you can.

"Now I'm a woman, and because I gave it my all, I can focus on my marriage. I can decide I want to have kids. I can be the mother I want to be and dedicate myself to my children."


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