In a week which has seen her deny bizarre reports she was was sporting a fake baby bump, Beyonce proved a point today by slipping into a maternity top.
The 30-year-old singer stepped out in rainy New York wearing a flowing snakeskin blouse which she teamed with black jeans, hat and vertiginous buckled boot heels.
While it may not be advisable for expectant mothers to totter along in tall shoes, the Run The World singer was clearly putting style before comfort.
Blooming: Beyonce out in New York today, looking stylish in a maternity snakeskin top and hat which she teamed with killer heels
The public sighting comes just days after the RnB star was at the centre of claims she wore a fake bump for a television appearance.
Her representatives quickly dismissed the reports as 'stupid, ridiculous and false' - but not before footage of her sporting an apparent 'squished' bump on Australian TV became a YouTube hit.
Viewers noted how at one point the cameras appeared to show Beyoncé’s bump being squashed as she sits down.
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During the interview to promote her new album 4, she revealed she is due to give birth in February, adding that she feels 'grateful' and 'blessed' to be expecting her first child.
The footage promoted speculation on gossip websites that she is wearing a prosthetic bump.
U.S. blog Media Takeout was the first to highlight the peculiar moment, citing it as 'evidence' she is exaggerating the look of her bump.
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It even triggered wild 'conspiracy theories' that she was faking her pregnancy while a surrogate mother carries her baby.
However, the claim carries little logic considering she was photographed wearing a bikini on September 6 while holidaying in Croatia and sporting a visible bump.