So by now you’ve heard that Beyonce and Jay-Z are the proud parents of the world’s most famous baby girl, Blue Ivy Carter, who was born Saturday night. (Move over, Harper Seven!) The beauty of it all is that if you actually care, you can spend hours trolling the interwebs for every last detail. If you don’t care, you can check out. Unless, of course, you’re Neil Coulon, a Brooklyn dad who was barred from seeing his newborn twins in the NICU at Lenox Hill Hospital because of Beyonce and Jazy-Z’s super-tight private security.
“Three times they stopped me from entering or exiting the NICU and it happened once on Friday — just because they wanted to use the hallway,” Coulon, 38, told the NY Daily News.
Coulon, whose wife delivered premature twin girls, said bodyguards wearing headsets treated the hospital like an exclusive nightclub. At one point, he claims they cleared the entire sixth-floor waiting room, which meant his relatives were essentially kicked out.
“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.”
Beyonce and Jay-Z reportedly paid a whopping $1.3 million to take over an entire wing of the New York City hospital in order to ensure privacy. The wing is located on the sixth floor – the same level as the hospital’s NICU unit.
“This is the NICU. Nobody cares if you’re a celebrity. Nobody is star-gazing. They just want to see their children,” Coulon said of his experience. “To have that circus roll into town and ruin our parade was unpleasant.”
I must admit, I feel badly for the guy (and his wife, too, obviously). I could not even imagine delivering a baby – never mind two! – and dealing with all of the commotion. Really, there’s enough craziness going on post-delivery even at the best of times. To have headset-clad security guards patrolling the hallways and turning people away is one thing; to have them preventing a father from seeing his newborns is a whole story altogether. I do not blame Coulon one bit for being pissed off. Wouldn’t you be, too?