When Beyoncé returned backstage to her dressing room, she was greeted by a team of people who enveloped the visibly happy star with hugs, cheers and congratulations.
"I'm free!" she said to one of the well-wishers, indicating that she and Jay are thrilled to not have to keep such a big secret any longer. "We're all free!" she said to the group.
A few minutes after her arrival backstage, she was joined by her husband, a very excited West (whose first words upon entering the dressing-room area were "Where is Beyoncé?" as if he could not wait to give B a huge hug) and her former Destiny's Child ladies, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. Even with the doors to their dressing rooms closed, the applause and whoops of joy could be heard everywhere backstage.
"That was an eventful night, to say the least," Jay, still smiling, said to some of the revelers in the hallway, who continued to shower him with congratulations and hugs.
The couple reportedly thought about holding their happy news in a little longer, but according to one of her "friends," Bey just couldn't keep this one to herself anymore.
"She's close to three months along," an insider close to the music supercouple tells Us of the normally private star. "She wasn't going to announce it but she is so excited she couldn't hold it in."
And the first-time dad Jay-Z (real name: Shawn Carter), 41, is just as pumped. "Jay is ecstatic and over the moon," the insider says. "He really wanted this so badly."
So far, the Grammy-winning duo haven't found out the gender of their first child — and are keeping other details close to the vest. "They barely told anyone…They kept it really secret until they were sure," the pal explains, "and now she simply couldn't wait to tell the world!"
The baby news does complicate their professional lives, though — shooting for Beyoncé's high-profile film project A Star is Born has been delayed, while Jay-Z has a big-time tour to deal with.