BEYONCE KNOWLES' sister Solange's suspected pregnancy has finally been confirmed, after she hosted a star-studded baby shower in Houston, Texas.

Solange, 18, stunned fans when it was announced she had wed college American football player DANIEL SMITH in the Bahamas in February (04) when she was just 17.

Speculation soon followed that the singer and actress was pregnant and her manager father MATHEW (corr.) - who is a strict Christian - was desperate to keep the baby news out of the media until after her film JOHNSON FAMILY VACATION opened in April (04).

Over 300 family and friends attended Sunday's (01AUG04) shower, including Beyonce and her boyfriend Jay-Z and Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child. The guests, including a scattering of sports stars, were entertained with singing and dancing.

MARCUS R HARRIS of MUSIC WORLD-SANCTUARY says, "It was more than just melodies and vocal expression. It was about the celebration of this new life.

"It was a phenomenal event, quite chic and very personable."

Despite admitting Solange is preparing for motherhood, the Knowles family haven't released a due date.

03/08/2004 21:26