Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z have married in secret, it has been claimed.

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The superstar couple are said to be “blissfully happy” after tying the knot in a small private ceremony in Paris, during which they reportedly had personal inscriptions tattooed on their ring fingers.

A source said: “They didn’t want all the attention that usually follows them around, they just wanted it to be intimate and romantic. It was lovely and they are both blissfully happy.

“They thought the tattoos would be a lovely personal touch.”

It had been rumoured that Jay-Z proposed to the Beyoncé, 26, during a luxury holiday in Cannes at the end of May.

The Irreplaceable singer said previously: “I want to get married and I really want a family. In a perfect world I’d have two boys and a girl. You know someone loves you by the way he treats you and respects you. Me and Jay respect each other.”

Earlier this month the pair celebrated Jay-Z’s 38th birthday by watching an erotic cabaret show at Paris’ famous nightclub le Crazy Horse Paris. They began dating after collaborating on the hit single 03 Bonnie and Clyde in 2002.