Did Beyonce's Baby Keep A Man From His Kids?
Hip-hop's newest bouncing baby girl didn't light up every world the way it did new parents Jay-Z and Beyonce's.
In fact, at least one other new dad claims the tyke proved a bit of a buzz-kill.
The Grammy-winning duo of the Destiny's Child alumni and multi-hyphenate rapper/Roc-A-Fella Records founder/Def Jam CEO/entrepreneur being pop-music royalty and all, Blue Ivy Carter's Jan. 7 arrival into this world at New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital was met with quite the security detail. The pair spent a New York Daily News-reported $1.3 million securing the hospital's entire sixth floor in the interest of Mom, Dad and Blue Ivy's privacy.
Turns out, it's quite the perk of fame, screwing with other families' treasured moments so you can keep the paparazzi at bay.
Neil Coulon, a 38-year-old new father from Brooklyn, was already in an understandable twist as his wife delivered twins prematurely via C-section that same evening. He now also claims that Beyonce's several headset-equipped security guards kept him outside the hospital's sixth-floor neonatal intensive care unit several times and cleared the couple's family from the floor's waiting room, reports the Daily News.
"Three times they stopped me from entering or exiting the NICU and it happened once on Friday - just because they wanted to use the hallway," Coulon said. "They should have been more strategic about it. These are children with problems in intensive care and you're just going to take over the hospital like you own it? All I want is an apology."
Hospital spokesman Anne Silverman claimed that was the first complaint she'd heard, and that the hospital "takes patient satisfaction very seriously."
Coulon, for very obvious reasons, wasn't hearing it. And that's completely understandable; it's a hospital, Jigga & B., not Six Flags.
"This is the NICU. Nobody cares if you're a celebrity," Coulon added. "Nobody is star-gazing. They want to see their children. To have that circus roll into town and ruin our parade was unpleasant."
OK, now comes the question that must be asked at some point: since it's abundantly apparent this hospital was dealing with new celebrity parents more out of touch with the reality and concern for the safety of fellow human beings and their families, where exactly was someone to say "I don't care if it's $1.3 million or $1.3 billion, we're not shutting down a wing of a hospital that houses an ICU unit"?
And for the record, Coulon is absolutely owed an apology. No, not concert tickets. No, not truckloads of Rocawear gear dumped on the family's doorstep. Not even Jay personally escorting his Captain Crazy-Pants butt-buddy Kanye West to Coulon's doorstep so the family can take turns kicking him between the uprights for an hour. We're talking actually going personally to these people and making it tequila blanco-clear that they understand that patient health and safety doesn't have a $1.3-million price ceiling.
The phrase "Yes, we are four-alarm flaming D-bags" would not be inappropriate or gratuitous.