Sexy singer Beyonce Knowles is moving closer to her rapper beau Jay-Z, after buying a luxury $9 million (GBP5 million) mansion in New York City.

The Crazy In Love beauty - who has been dating Jay-Z for two years - closed on the luxurious four-bedroom abode in the soon-to-be-completed ONE BEACON COURT development.

The apartment - which boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, granite and marble floors and terraces with views of the city and beyond - sits in an exclusive 55-storey high rise building on Manhattan's posh Upper East Side.

Texas native Knowles, 22, will also have access to a complimentary 24-hour butler service, which will accommodate almost every whim a client has - from sold-out concert tickets to last-minute chartered jets.

But the biggest advantage of all is the opportunity to be closer to New York native Jay-Z, 34, whose home is in New Jersey.

Knowles also owns homes in her native Houston and sun-kissed Florida city Miami.

28/03/2004 21:04