As the internet continues to go apeshit over the birth of Beyonce and Jay-Z’s baby girl Blue Ivy Carter, everyone isn’t so happy.
Apparently, the famous couple’s security team has been keeping the parents of the other newborns in the NICU (Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit) at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital away from their babies.
Neil Coulon, a Brooklyn man, complained to the New York Daily News about being being barred from the sixth floor unit by Bey and Jay’s security team, keeping him away from his premature twins.
“Three times they stopped me from entering or exiting the NICU (Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit) and it happened once on Friday — just because they wanted to use the hallway,” he told the paper.
“They should have been more strategic about it,” he said. “These are children with problems in intensive care and you’re just going to take over the hospital like you own it? All I want is an apology.”
According to staffers, Bey and Jay paid $1.3 million to secure a ultra-private spot in the hospital and keep the press out, but what about the other parents?
One staffer told the NY Daily News: “Some people were upset. I heard a gentleman say he couldn’t go upstairs to see his baby (Saturday).”
A hospital spokesperson said they “take patient satisfaction very seriously,” but hadn’t heard about the other parents’ gripes.
But Mr. Coulon is singing a different tune. Although he understands Bey and Jay’s need for tight security, he doesn’t appreciate the stress this has caused his wife, who gave birth to premature twins.
“I know they spent $1.3 million and I’m just a contractor from Bed-Stuy, but the treatment we received was not okay,” Coulon said. “My wife is just terribly upset. She had a C-section. She gave birth to twins. She is sore. Nobody needs this.”
“This is the NICU. Nobody cares if you’re a celebrity. Nobody is star-gazing. They just want to see their children.”
When a celebrity has a baby, where do you draw the line between wanting to protect their privacy and infringing on other people’s lives?