On Friday, Beyonce was confirmed by “multiple sources” to be pregnant with her second child. Hours later she apparently took to Instagram to deny the reports, only to delete her sharp statement. “I can’t stop the rumors from starting, and I can’t really change peoples [sic] minds who believe them, all I can do is sit back and laugh at these low life people who have nothing better to do than talk about me,” the post said.
Rumors swirled after photos of Beyonce’s Met Gala appearance surfaced — as in, a high-waisted dress “revealed” a baby bump — and she canceled a Mrs. Carter gig due to dehydration and exhaustion.” While a pregnancy could explain why Beyonce’s yet to kick off promotion for her new album into full gear, Friday’s message also bore little resemblance to other statements she’s made on Instagram, aesthetically and in tone. (See: her cheerleading messages on marriage equality, Michelle Obama.)
Obviously, it’s hard to tell why Beyonce took down her statement. Maybe the rumors bear truth, or maybe they don’t. Or, like when her publicist ordered Buzzfeed to remove “unflattering” Super Bowl photos, maybe Beyonce realized that she was only drawing more attention to what she can’t control.