Keeping in tune with the super-private, highly guarded birth of their baby, Blue Ivy, Beyoncé and Jay-Z outsmarted paparazzi with an elaborate 1:30 AM getaway from Lenox Hill Hospital on Tuesday.
Described as "military-like" and using more than one SUV with blacked-out windows, the hip-hop couple made a speedy exit from the hospital's back loading dock. A witness noted that the strategic transportation plan was "very precise."
The superstar couple's arrival and stay at the hospital affected other visitors and new parents -- as they were reportedly kept away from seeing their loved ones. It created a backlash directed at the hospital for going overboard in protecting the privacy of Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Several visitors have come forward to complain they were not allowed to visit their newborns and were blocked by large security guards who roamed the area.
The hospital has not received a formal complaint about security measures and released a statement on Monday that read: "Lenox Hill Hospital takes patient privacy and safety very seriously. And while we congratulate the Carter family on the birth of their child, we value the loyalty of ALL of our patients and always strive to ensure a positive experience, knowing that the birth of a child is a wonderful moment producing memories that last a lifetime."
Meanwhile, Blue's first public photos are speculated to fetch upward of $1 million.
17 Facts about Jay-Z
Jay-Z's given name is Shawn Corey Carter.
Jay-Z was born on December 4, 1969.
Jay-Z has an estimated net worth of $150 million.
Other Projects for Jay
He co-owns the New Jersey Nets and the 40/40 Club.
Jay-Z is the creator of the highly successful Rocawear clothing line.
Jay-Z is one of three original founders of Roc-A-Fella Records.
Top of the Charts
He is the current holder of the most number one albums on the Billboard 200 chart.
Says It like It Is..
Jay-Z is famous for saying: "I'm not a businessman... I'm a business, man."
Jay-Z Grew up in the projects of Brooklyn.
At the age of 12 he shot his brother in the shoulder for stealing his jewelry.
His passion for rap peaked when mom Gloria bought him a boom box for one of his birthdays.
Famous High School Friends
He attended the same high school as Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes.
Jay-Z did not graduate from high school.
He used to wake up his siblings and mother because of his "drumming" on the kitchen table.
The "Power Couple"
Jay-Z and Beyonce were named a "Power Couple" in Time Magazine's list of the 100 Most Influential People of 2006.
Jay-Z spent a whopping $5 million on Beyonce's wedding ring, designed by Lorraine Schwartz.
Jay-Z is involved in various philanthropic activities.