When Beyonce revealed her baby bump to the world at the MTV Video Music Awards last month, fans were thrilled that the singer and her husband, Jay Z, were finally going to become new parents.
But sensational new claims may well overshadowed some of the excitement.
The 41-year-old rapper, who has been married to the Crazy In Love singer for three years, allegedly has a secret child.
The 99 Problems singer reportedly fathered a young boy nine years ago with Trinidad model Shenelle Scott, according to Star magazine.Jerard Andrews says his son Malik Sayeed was wrongly identified as the father, and DNA tests prove that Jay-Z is the boy's biological dad.
'At the time [he] was born, my son Malik thought he was his child, but they did DNA tests,' he told the publication.
'It’s been determined that [the child is] Jay-Z’s baby.'
According to the magazine, friends urged Sayeed to get a paternity test after the baby's arrival because Scott had been seen around Jay-Z.
'Malik threw [Shenelle] a baby shower and bought all this stuff to prepare for the arrival,' a source told the magazine.'However, after the baby was born, friends and family told him he needed to get a DNA test.
'Everyone knew she was sleeping around and sleeping with Jay,' the source added. 'There was a good chance it was his.'
Confirmation that Sayeed was not the father reportedly came two weeks later, when paternity test results allegedly determined the boy was Jay-Z's.
'Maybe two weeks later, he called me and said, "Daddy, I got some bad news. [He’s] not my son,"' Andrews told the publication.
'I said, ‘How do you know, Malik?’ He said, "He doesn’t look anything like me!"'
A source told the magazine that the child posses many of Jay-Z's features, and that the rap mogul is currently paying Scott child support.
He is said to have even helped the new mother set up a home in Trinidad to raise the child.
'Shenelle told me that Jay-Z gave her $1 million to keep her mouth shut,' Jerald told Star.
'My understanding is that he’s paying her child support.
'Shenelle took the money and bought herself a really nice house in Trinidad that the whole family lives in now.'
According to the magazine, Jay-Z's 30-year-old wife Beyonce, who is currently pregnant with their child, is well aware of boy and while at first furious, she has come to accept it.
It is unclear if the baby was conceived before Jay-Z met Beyonce, who has has been with for close to ten years.
Her husband is also reportedly still in contact with Scott, and has expressed interest in being a part of his son's life.
'She says he’s a good father and he has a lot of interest in [the boy],' he told Star.
'It was a big old mess at one time, but I think once they resolved the issue of fatherhood, of paternity, I think things started to level off.'
The controversial new claims are mostly likely to be a huge blow for Jay-Z and Beyonce, who have been basking in pre-baby bliss since the singer first announced her pregnancy, last month.
Beyoncé announced her pregnancy at the MTV Video Music Awards last month, when she debuted her baby bump in an orange Lanvin gown.
And the singer didn't let her pregnancy prevent her from bringing the house down with an energetic performance.
She was cheered on Jay-Z, who performed new single Otis with Kanye West, before taking to the stage herself.
Arriving onstage in a purple glittery blazer and black trousers by Dolce & Gabbana, the mother-to-be said: 'I want you to feel the love that's growing inside of me.'
After a fabulous performance of Love On Top that attracted a standing ovation from the audience, Beyoncé ripped open her jacket and proudly rubbed her baby bump.
The cameras panned to the audience where Jay-Z was beaming, as his friend Kanye jumped up and down, smacking the father-to-be on the back and shaking him.
A spokesperson for Jay-Z did not immediately respond to comment when contact by Mail Online today.
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