Celebrity Parents Beyoncé and Jay Z 'Thrilled' to Welcome Twins as 'Granddad' Mathew Knowles Confirms News Beyoncé and Jay Z are second-time parents to twins, who join big sister Blue Ivy, 5, as the newest members of the Carter family By Melody Chiu Melody Chiu Instagram Twitter Melody Chiu is a Senior Editor for PEOPLE. She has been with the brand since 2009, editing, writing and reporting across all entertainment verticals. She oversees PEOPLE's music and events coverage and has written cover stories on Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Melissa McCarthy, Blake Shelton and Sandra Oh. The Los Angeles native graduated from the University of Southern California and has appeared on Extra!, The Talk, Access Hollywood and Good Morning America. People Editorial Guidelines and Jen Juneau Jen Juneau Twitter Jen Juneau is a digital news writer for PEOPLE. A '90s teen and horror film connoisseur, she started at the brand in 2016, after a decade of working as a technical writer and then moonlighting as a journalist beginning in 2013. Originally from New Orleans, Jen grew up both in NOLA and Florida and eventually attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando (still her home base!), where she earned a bachelor's in English/technical communication, with a minor in magazine journalism. People Editorial Guidelines Published on June 17, 2017 10:15 PM Share Tweet Pin Email She’s crazy in love! Beyoncé and husband Jay Z have welcomed twins, a source confirms to PEOPLE. The newest members of the Carter family join big sister Blue Ivy, 5. “Bey and Jay are thrilled and have started sharing the news with their family and closest friends,” a source tells PEOPLE. On Sunday, Beyoncé’s father Mathew Knowles confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, “They’re here!#beyonce #twins #jayz #happybirthday.” He included a shot of a photo of balloons that was signed “love, granddad.” The Lemonade songstress, 35, and her rapper husband made their double baby news public in February, with Beyoncé posting a stunning maternity photo to her Instagram account. “We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over,” Beyoncé wrote alongside the snap, which showed her posing in a burgundy bra, sky blue panties and green veil amid a floral backdrop. Lester Cohen/Getty Images for NARAS Want all the latest pregnancy and birth announcements, plus celebrity mom blogs? Click here to get those and more in the PEOPLE Babies newsletter. “We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. – The Carters,” the Grammy winner added. Beyonce Instagram RELATED VIDEO: Beyoncé Expecting Twins with Husband Jay Z: “We Have Been Blessed Two Times Over” The new additions to the family have been a while coming. As a source close to the “Formation” singer and Jay Z, 47, told PEOPLE exclusively following the couple’s announcement, “They wanted another child and after a few years of trying, it’s a great feeling. Beyoncé’s very happy.” Throughout her pregnancy, the singer has made appearances at events like the 2017 Grammy Awards (where she also put on a show-stopping, goddess-inspired performance), the Beauty and the Beast L.A. premiere and more, showing off her baby bump in various glam duds — oftentimes alongside her mini-me Blue. Beyonce/Instagram Beyonce.com FROM PEN: Lea Michele Dream-Casts Her Own Real-Life Girl Squad — from Country Darling Maren Morris to Beyoncé Jay Z and Beyoncé took some time out from prepping for the twins’ arrival with a Bora Bora babymoon in April around the time of the couple’s ninth wedding anniversary (the singer had previously been set to perform at Coachella that month, but rescheduled for 2018 due to pregnancy-related doctor’s orders). “She is surrounded by her family and is taking it easy,” a source told PEOPLE exclusively in April of the singer. “She doesn’t venture out very much, but seems happy going for an occasional lunch or taking [Blue] to school.” Beyonce.com Beyonce/Instagram “They haven’t found the perfect house to buy yet, so they’ve been making room for the babies at the rental house for now,” the source shared of the family’s luxe Beverly Hills accommodations, adding that Beyoncé had been touring maternity suites at a hospital in L.A. “It’s their home base now, and this is where Blue goes to preschool,” added the source of the now family of five. “They’re all very happy in L.A.” Beyonce/Instagram Beyoncé celebrated becoming a second-time parent in late May, surrounded by family and friends — including mom Tina Knowles Lawson, La La Anthony, pregnant Serena Williams and Bey’s former Destiny’s Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams — at a fun-filled “Carter Push Party.” Baring her baby bump, which was decorated in henna, Beyoncé danced with now-dad-of-three Jay Z while guests snapped photos and shared in the joy. “She’s holding it down for so many other women that are with child and showing them, okay, still be as fierce as you feel and as you can because some women do have a hard time and don’t feel as great all the time,” Williams told reporters at April’s Inaugural Wearable Art Gala of her then-pregnant friend.