Pop star Beyoncé and her music-mogul husband, rapper and producer Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, announced Wednesday that they are expecting twins.

“We would like to share our love and happiness,” Beyoncé, 35, posted on Instagram, accompanying a portrait photo of herself visibly pregnant, kneeling discreetly in bra and panties and draped by a green veil. An immense wreath of flowers looms behind her. “We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. — The Carters,” she signed off.

The post received more than 3 million “likes” in a little more than one hour.

Beyoncé and Jay Z, who married in April 2008, have a daughter, Blue Ivy, who turned 5 last month.

“WOW I don’t have to keep the secret anymore,” the singer’s mother, Tina Knowles, subsequently posted on Instagram. “I am soooo happy . . . God is so good . . . twin blessings.”

While Beyoncé’s sister, singer Solange Knowles, has not responded on social media, several entertainers and others did. “Absolutely radiant,” wrote actress-singer Zendaya, retweeting the image. “So happy for them!!!” wrote singer Christina Milian. Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson posted a dozen crying emoji and tweeted, “NO — YOU ARE CRYING BECAUSE BEYONCÉ IS HAVING TWINS.”

Twice the fun

Here are some other celebrities who are the parents of twins:

  • Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, now divorced. Their son Max and daughter Emme were born Feb. 22, 2008.
  • Julia Roberts and cameraman husband Danny Moder had daughter Hazel Patricia and son Phinnaeus Walter on Nov. 28, 2004.
  • Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick welcomed twin daughters Marion Loretta Elwell and Tabitha Hodge on June 22, 2009.
  • Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt had the youngest of their six children, brother-and-sister twins Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline, on July 12, 2008.

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