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Pop & Circumstance: Beyonce’s “Countdown” and pregnancy rumors abound

Beyonce is pregnant. We think. Photo by Chris Pizzello, AP.

Beyonce is pregnant. We think. Photo by Chris Pizzello, AP.

Is Beyonce playing us for fools?

As a baby-adoring, pop culture enthusiast, I am sure of two things: Everyone loves a pregnant lady, and Beyonce is the most beautiful woman in the world.

Ever since the Big Announcement that took place at this summer’s MTV VMAs, Beyonce and Jay-Z’s baby has been speculated, day-dreamed and paparazzi’d out the wazoo, and justifiably so. Billboard’s power couple to produce offspring? That flow, that voice, those rhymes, that bod. Being hailed as “Destiny’s Child,” the kid is going to have a lot to live up to. As in, perfection.

However, the glorious baby bump, which you can see for a hot second at 0:36 in Beyonce’s bitchin’ new video, “Countdown,” has been accused of being fake. As in, not real. As in, merely an accessory to Beyonce’s image of flawlessly burgeoning motherhood.

Say it ain’t so, Bey!

The rumor started Monday, after a taping of Australia’s “The Sunday Night Show.” As Beyonce sat down to be interviewed, her “baby” folded in half beneath her dress — which viewers took to mean that it was all a hoax, and that Bey was employing a surrogate to carry her child. Check out the video here.

Late Tuesday night, Beyonce’s publicist shot down the rumor, calling the accusations “stupid, ridiculous and false,” naturally.

All mama drama aside, the video for “Countdown” is any visual designer’s wet dream with bright colors, split screens, dizzying patterns and dance sequences that will remind you of the Beyonce we know and love and (is this the wrong word?) — trust. The vibe is heavy on ’60s, ’70s and ’80s styles sprinkled with some serious Nicki Minaj eye action. Is there anyone this high on the charts even half as classy, genuine, or tasteful as Queen B? Never overdone, never too much skin, always smiling so lovingly.

Ok, ok, I’ll stop. Look, if these fake pregnancy rumors are true, I’ll retract my previous statements. Call me naive, but I just don’t think she’d do something like fake the gestation period of her own child.

Baby Bey-Z is reportedly due in February 2012. Only time will tell.

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Allison Berger is a Philadelphia-based writer and a pop music columnist for Reverb. Check out more of her writing here and follower her on Twitter.