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Beyoncé breaks Instagram record with twins pregnancy announcement

by Gemma Strong

Beyoncé's surprise pregnancy announcement has set a brand new Instagram record! The Lemonade star, who announced on Wednesday that she is expecting twins with husband Jay Z, now has the most liked photo of all time on the site, having received 6.4million likes on her baby bump photo less than eight hours after it was posted. Within just one hour, it had racked up 2.4million likes, and 166,000 comments.

The sweet baby bump image has surpassed the previous record set by Selena Gomez. That photo - showing the star drinking Coca-Cola with the lyrics 'You're the Spark' from her song Me & The Rhythm on the bottle – has received 6.3million likes since it went up in June.

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Beyoncé's twins announcement is now Instagram's most liked photo

It wasn't just Instagram that was set alight by Beyoncé's big news. According to Twitter, within 15 minutes of the announcement there were more than 17,000 tweets being sent per minute referring to her pregnancy. 'Twins' was also the top trend on Twitter, with 'Beyoncé', 'Blue' and 'Beyhive' also trending.

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Beyoncé, 35, and Jay Z, 47, who have been married since 2008, are already parents to five-year-old daughter Blue Ivy. Alongside her baby bump photo, the singer wrote: "We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes – The Carters."

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The record was previously held by Selena Gomez, with 6.3million likes

Beyoncé's mum Tina Knowles also took to Instagram to celebrate the news. "WOW I don't have to keep the secret anymore! I am soooo happy ❤❤ God is so good❤ twin blessings. Thank you for all your well wishing beautiful messages. I appreciate them soo much❤."