Beyonce Knowles has refuted the rumors which suggested that she and Jay-Z had their daughter Blue Ivy with the help of a surrogate mother. "That was crazy. It wasn't hurtful, it was just crazy," the songstress, 30, tells PEOPLE. "[I thought] ‘Where did they come up with this?'"
But perhaps the person most affected by the surrogacy speculation was not the expectant mom herself, but rather her own mother, Tina Knowles.
"I thought it was very unfair and very cruel that someone would think that someone would be that diabolical to keep up a charade like that for nine months," she says. "As a mother it was painful for me to hear the crazy rumors. And I even had people ask me, which was so ridiculous."
Blue Ivy was born in January in New York's Lenox Hill Hospital, where the superstar couple ramped up security and allegedly took over an entire wing of the maternity ward. But months before the baby girl was born, rumor mill ran rampant online that she was being carried by a surrogate mother.
The 16-time Grammy winner was named last week as People's 2012 "World's Most Beautiful Woman." She credited the birth of Blue Ivy with making her feel more beautiful than she ever had before. "I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a purpose on this earth," she added.