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Beyoncé is getting candid with her fans. The musical megastar recently did an interview with Elle Magazine, in preparation for the launch of her new IVY Park line. As we know, we rarely hear interviews from Queen Bey, so this came a nice surprise.
During the interview, Beyoncé answers some fan questions, including what it’s like being a mother of three, being a wife, and more.
A fan asked, “When did you feel confident enough that you could own your narrative as an artist and creator?” Bey answered, “The more I mature, the more I understand my value. I realized I had to take control of my work and my legacy because I wanted to be able to speak directly to my fans in an honest way. I wanted my words and my art to come directly from me. There were things in my career that I did because I didn’t understand that I could say no. We all have more power than we realize.”
“What stresses you out? You always look like you are in control,” Beyoncé answered, “I think the most stressful thing for me is balancing work and life. Making sure I am present for my kids—dropping Blue off at school, taking Rumi and Sir to their activities, making time for date nights with my husband, and being home in time to have dinner with my family—all while running a company can be challenging. Juggling all of those roles can be stressful, but I think that’s life for any working mom.”
Another fan asked a this question, which allowed Bey to get a little more personal. “I connected with Lemonade and I almost passed out when I saw Homecoming. You brought it and made me want to stand up and scream your name!! What’s up with the people who give out awards? Were you disappointed not winning? Because you know, you already won with me.” Bey replied, “I began to search for deeper meaning when life began to teach me lessons I didn’t know I needed. Success looks different to me now. I learned that all pain and loss is in fact a gift. Having miscarriages taught me that I had to mother myself before I could be a mother to someone else. Then I had Blue, and the quest for my purpose became so much deeper. I died and was reborn in my relationship, and the quest for self became even stronger. It’s difficult for me to go backwards. Being “number one” was no longer my priority. My true win is creating art and a legacy that will live far beyond me. That’s fulfilling.”
She goes on to speak more about her Ivy Park x Adidas collaboration, motherhood, self-care, success and more. Check out the full interview here.