I don’t feel like I have to please anyone. I feel free. I feel like I’m an adult. I’m grown. I can do what I want. I can say what I want. I can retire if I want. That’s why I’ve worked hard.
I guess I am a modern-day feminist. I do believe in equality. Why do you have to choose what type of woman you are? Why do you have to label yourself anything? I’m just a woman and I love being a woman.
I think me marrying a musician is a coincidence. We connected because we both performed and we both had similar lifestyles. But, we connected on a spiritual level, and he just so happened to be a musician.
I think people have an idea in their heads about entertainers/celebrities. I think they feel like their lives are so perfect, and it's really hard to go through painful experiences when you are in the public eye because it's hard to have closure.
If you like it, you should be able to put a ring on it. It's about time #equality #prop8 #marriageislove.
I am a perfectionist and one thing about me: I practice until my feet bleed. I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra. Due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk. It was about the president and the inauguration, and I wanted to make him and my country proud . . . I decided to sing along with my pre-recorded track, which is common in the industry. I am very proud of my performance.
I felt more powerful than I've ever felt in my life. I felt connected to my body. I felt like I knew my purpose in the world.
[Jay Z] will change diapers, of course he will. He is going to be a very hands-on father. He has already said publicly that providing isn’t love. Love is being there. Love is doing the little things for your child.
The best thing about having a daughter is having a true legacy. The word 'love' means something completely different now.
We all have special numbers in our lives, and 4 is that for me. It's the day I was born. My mother's birthday, and a lot of my friends' birthdays, are on the fourth; April 4 is my wedding date.
I didn't want a crazy picture or gossip story to break the news so I decided to say nothing and proudly show my baby bump. I felt it was more powerful to see the love and enthusiasm as opposed to saying anything.
I think a beautiful woman is someone who is confident but not competitive with other women – someone who is warm to everyone. Because my mother told me ever since I can remember that beauty is from within, that looks will fade, I have always been aware that you have to have something deeper to be really beautiful.
To think that I'm responsible for so many young people, sometimes, is really overwhelming. But I am very conscious of that when I make decisions. And especially the older I get I don't take it for granted. And especially for beautiful children like the Obamas. I met them. And they're so young. And I can only imagine the pressure that they have to be under . . . I will always be aware and always try my best to be a great role model.
There's always a new artist that people are fascinated with, and I think becoming famous is not so hard any more but staying... And I don't even like the word famous... Staying a celebrity is not so easy, especially now that people have access to celebrities even when they don't want you to. In the end you have to have some kind of talent.
I never wanted to be famous for my personal life. I wanted to be famous for my music and my talent, and I always wished I could cut it out when I left the stage. And Jay was private before I met him. It was just who we were. Even before we were celebrities.
My lyrics, and my goals, are completely different now. In the beginning, I was so happy to be in a studio and so hungry for us just to sell half a million records. Now I want to create something that I'll be proud of 20, 30, 40 years from now – something that will last beyond me.
I have someone else that takes over when it's time for me to work and when I'm on stage, this alter ego that I've created that kind of protects me and who I really am. Sasha Fierce is the fun, more sensual, more aggressive, more outspoken side and more glamorous side that comes out when I'm working and when I'm on the stage.
I am really proud that I am one of the artists that has the opportunity to be on magazine covers and to be in the movies. And I do think that I’m opening doors for more black women, just like Halle [Berry] and Diana Ross opened doors for me.
I’m over being a pop star. I don’t wanna be a hot girl. I wanna be iconic. And I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot. I feel like I’m highly respected, which is more important than any award or any amount of records. And I feel like there comes a point when being a pop star is not enough.
Sometimes my job is a lot of pressure, but I'm more worried about letting myself down. I'm really hard on myself.
I'm just like everyone else. And I have my days where I've kind of created this character that gives me my confidence when I don't really have it. When it's time for you to be on, there's something else that takes over you. And I kind of created Sasha as my alter ego to be that confident person that's fearless on the stage so I can kind of maintain Beyoncé when I'm off the stage.
I don’t try to hide it. There’s nothing to hide. People see us, but we just don’t talk about it, and I think that’s absolutely helped us. People give us space and respect us. The minute you start talking about it, that’s all people want to talk about. And then the really big rumors start happening.
[Jay Z] has taught me about hip-hop. I loved it as a child, but my mom wouldn't let me listen to the cussing. Now I understand it. It is a reality.
When I hear a great new record, especially when it's by someone that I respect and admire, then a part of me is like, 'Why didn't I think of that? Why didn't I write that record?' It makes you sick, but in a way it can be a great thing. It makes you want to go back to the lab and start writing again. Maybe it will inspire you to try a little harder.
I always held back in Destiny's Child, because I was comfortable in a group and felt that I didn't have to do anything 100 percent, because there were other people onstage with me. I would not lose myself or go all the way.
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