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Kelly Rowland: "I knew about Beyoncé's pregnancy ages ago"

INFORMED: Kelly Rowland

SINGER KELLY Rowland has revealed that she has known about Beyoncé's pregnancy "for a long while."

Speaking at an after party following Sunday night's (Aug 28) Video Music Awards (VMAs) the X Factor judge said that she had no doubt that her former band mate would be an "incredible mother because she’s always been motherly."

Knowles, 29, shocked fans at the annual award ceremony when she revealed her growing bump on the red carpet, and again after her show-stopping performance of Love on Top.

It will be the first child for Beyonce and her husband rapper Jay-Z, who married in 2008.

BABY ON BOARD: Beyonce cradles her growing baby bump

News of the star's pregnancy also set a record on social networking site Twitter, with an massive 8,868 tweets being posted per second on the subject.

Celebrities and family of the stars also took their accounts to congratulate the couple.

Nicki Minaj wrote: "My baby Beyonce, I'll be the Godmother, Love you."

Beyonce's sister and singer, Solange Knowles,added: "One.And.Only. I could not possibly be more proud. Tears in my eyes. No one deserves it more. That doesn’t happen by accident. That doesn’t happen by chance. That doesn’t happen by gimmicks. [SIC]"

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