After months of speculation over her pregnancy, Beyoncé announced she had given birth to twins in June, and the Carters welcomed a girl, Rumi, and a boy, Sir, to their family. The Instagram announcement photo was the stuff of dreams, with Bey’s first picture of the tiny newborns brimming with religious undertones and garnering a staggering 10 million likes from the Beyhive.
But since sharing her exciting news with the world, Beyoncé has continued to lie low. Aside from the fact that she has reportedly hired six nannies to help take care of the twins, and that she is possibly in talks to record the next James Bond theme song, we haven’t actually heard much from Bey.
However, all that changed this week as she made her first TV appearance since giving birth, and it was to share a heartfelt and emotional message to viewers. Bey spoke on Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief which aired in the US last night to make a public appeal for donations to help those affected by the terrifying and destructive hurricanes causing chaos in the Bahamas and US coastline.
Beyoncé used her voice to share her thoughts on the natural disasters occurring, as well as the country’s political climate.
She said: ‘During a time where it’s impossible to watch the news without seeing violence or racism in this country, just when you think it couldn’t possibly get worse, natural disasters take precious life, do massive damage, and forever change lives.
‘Leaving behind contaminated water, flooded hospitals, schools and nursing homes. Countless families are now homeless.
‘In my hometown city of Houston, people need food, clothing, cleaning supplies, blankets, shoes, diapers, and formula for babies, and, of course, clean water. The elderly need wheelchairs, and kids need books and toys so that they can continue to dream.’
The segment, interspersed with heartbreaking footage of those suffering at the hands of the hurricanes, was extremely moving, and Bey continued to praise and encourage unity at a time where the US political climate is just as unsteady.
She said: ‘Natural disasters don’t discriminate. They don’t see if you’re an immigrant, black or white, hispanic or Asian, Jewish or Muslim, wealthy or poor. We’re all in this together.
‘Seeing everyone from different racial, social and religious backgrounds put their own lives at risk to help each other survive restored my faith in humanity.’