April 07, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT

(FROM PEOPLE) – People.com is reporting that a friend of Jay-Z and Beyonce claims that the two got married on Friday night (April 4) at Jay-Z’s Manhattan apartment. ”It happened earlier this evening,” the source is quoted as saying. ”Jay wanted it to be a really private affair — close friends and family.” Rumors have been swirling about pending nuptials since the two reportedly got their marriage license last Tuesday. People.com reports that the ceremony was followed by a lavish party at the apartment attended by guests that included Beyonce’s Destiny’s Child mates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, and the couple’s friend Gwyneth Paltrow. Jay-Z and Beyonce have been a couple since 2002. (People.com)

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