It’s been more than 3 weeks and the social web is abuzz with people who are still chattering about Beyoncé and her pregnancy…guess that’s just part of the celebrity lime light. Reality is, she is one of the most successful stars of our times, and she married one of the most successful rap artists/executives in history, Jay-Z.

It’s been more than 3 weeks and the social web is abuzz with people who are still chattering about Beyoncé and her pregnancy…guess that’s just part of the celebrity lime light. Reality is, she is one of the most successful stars of our times, and she married one of the most successful rap artists/executives in history, Jay-Z.

Tabloids are tracking the baby bump. Mother to be Beyoncé made an appearance at the New York Fashion Week, a game with her husband, celebrating her 30th birthday in Europe, as well as getting parenting advice from close friend Gwyneth Paltrow. Tabloid photos also revealed that expectant mother Beyoncé can still “rock a smokin’-hot bikini.” But all the recent Beyoncé and baby headlines cannot mask that one article that still rises to the top of my mind- “Will Beyoncé’s Pregnancy Cause a Spike in Black Teen Pregnancy,” written by Tony Henderson. The article explains how celebrities are very influential and describes how Beyoncé has started family in the “right” way. What is disturbing is how the article suggests that regardless of the path Beyoncé has decided to start a family, her pregnancy may influence the pregnancy rate of her fans. That is just over the top ridiculous!

I know there are some hardcore fans out there but it’s hard to even think that a person would get pregnant because Beyoncé did. If her fans are so highly influenced by her I think there are other things they’d want to do to be like her. How about changing their hair-do to look like one or two of her many hairstyles, or imitate her hip and funky dance moves or even the way she dresses? Oh and yes ladies and gentlemen how about taking the steps to launch a singing or acting career, why? “Cause they wanna be like Beyoncé.” (My apologies, I couldn’t resist that one.)

Beyoncé is not a young mom. Pregnancy rumors swirled for years and she told her fans that she was not ready. She wanted to enjoy her marriage and focus on her career first. No, this is not an “oops” pregnancy. Beyoncé is wealthy, in a seemingly stable marriage and has a good support network. Even if Beyoncé were 17 and got pregnant, why would it matter? There have been other celebrities who have had children at an early age. Think about Jaime Lynn Spears, Bristol Palin, model Nikki Taylor, actress Paula Garces and actress Sophia Vergera, to name a few.

Someone please show me the research where the mentioned celebrities before Beyoncé actually affected the pregnancy rate of their fans. If there isn’t any than someone needs to conduct this research because honestly the hypothesis just seems too far-fetched. There are different reasons why young people get pregnant but wanting to be like a celebrity is NOT one. In some cases, it’s just a matter of the contraception failing or limited resources to access sex education and contraception.

In our experience of supporting young moms through The National Crittenton Foundation and the family of agencies, pregnancy is a symptom of the trauma, violence, homelessness, abuse and/or addiction they experienced growing up. Keeping their baby is never a question. More than likely our young moms raise their baby alone or with very little to no support. Yes, they struggle but they are determined to get their education or stable job to achieve financial stability. What is definitely apparent is that every young mom wants the best for their child because they know first hand what it’s like not to have a loving, stable and supportive family. One young mom I interviewed said: “I would never give up my child. He is the only family I have.”

Their circumstances couldn’t be much further from Beyoncé’s. But young moms do have one trait in common with Beyoncé: the drive to succeed in life and to become successful in whatever career they choose.

Jessie Domingo Salu