She might be one of the most famous women in the world, but when it came to deciding how to celebrate her 31st birthday, Beyoncé opted to keep things as we say, “on low-key”.
Instead of throwing a star-studded party, attended by all her famous friends, Beyoncé decided to spend the special day with her gorgeous daughter Blue Ivy, seven months, and husband Jay-Z as the family enjoyed a Mediterranean cruise.
Jay-Z, 42, appeared to have gone all out to make his wife’s birthday as special as possible, decorating their boat with balloons and streamers in celebration.On Tuesday, Beyoncé was bombarded with glowing tribute from her famous friends wishing her happy birthday.
Gwyneth Paltrow led the way with a handwritten note that read: ‘For dear sweet BB on the occasion of her 31st birthday…We love you so very much. Love Gwyneth, Chris, Apple, Moses.’
Beyonce’s mother, Tina Knowles, wrote: ‘God blessed me with one of the greatest gifts in my life on Sept. 4, 1981. Happy birthday.’
Her younger sister, Solange, also paid tribute, writing: ‘There is no-one like you in the world, of all of your mind blowing achievements that one that first comes to mind is your kindness. Your sense of selflessness, consideration of other people’s well being and your beautiful generosity are all things that make me so proud be your sister and your friend.’
And Beyoncé’s former Destiny’s Child bandmate, Michelle Williams, also sent well wishes, writing: ‘Happy birthday to youuu!! I love you so very much. I am so thankful you’re in my life.’
One of the most tender messages in the card was from Gloria Carter, mother of her husband, Jay-Z.
She wrote: ‘B, You came into my life a sweet Southern girl. (LOL) You’ve blossomed into an amazing woman. I admire how you remain grounded and humble, and you haven’t let success change the person that you are. Mama Carter.’
Meanwhile the singer donated one of her songs, I Was Here, to a United Nations’ campaign to promote humanitarian work around the globe.
The video for ‘I Was Here’ directed by Sade collaborator Sophie Muller and was recorded live at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York in honor of the U.N.’s World Humanitarian Day.
‘I Was Here’ says I want to leave my footprints in the sands of time, and that is leaving our mark on the world,’ Beyonce told Anderson Cooper in a behind-the-scenes interview.
‘We all want to know that our life meant something, and that we did something for someone else, and that we spread positivity no matter how big or how small.’
Happy Belated Birthday Beyonce.