Beyoncé gives her most revealing 'interview' yet
An 11-minute video posted on her site gives an intimate insight into Queen Bey's beliefs and values
Beyoncé has given one of the most revealing glimpses into her life yet, via a new film posted on her website yesterday. In the artistic black-and-white movie, called Yours and Mine, the singer shares her thoughts on love, life, body image, being famous and, yes, feminism! For a woman who rarely gives interviews, she is surprisingly open. You can watch the full 11-minute video above, or read on for some of our favourite snippets from Beyoncé herself.
"I was brought up seeing my mother trying to please and make people comfortable. I always felt like it was my job to fix the problem. People-pleaser. But I’m no longer afraid of conflict. And I don’t think conflict is a bad thing.
"I know that when you grow up and learn things, you’re no longer afraid. You’re no longer afraid of going to certain places in your body, your mind, your soul that might make you feel uncomfortable. If I hadn’t gone through some of the painful experiences in my life, I would not be me.
"I feel like my body is borrowed and this life is very temporary. We do not value ourselves enough. Especially young people don’t really appreciate how brilliant our bodies are. I’ve always been very, very specific and very choosy – very choosy (laughs) – about what I do with my body and who I want to share that with.
"People feel like they lose something when they get married, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There’s nothing more exciting than having a witness to your life.
"I’ve always considered myself a feminist. Although I was always afraid of that word because people put so much on it, when honestly it’s very simple: it’s just a person who believes in equality for men and women. Men and women balance each other out and we have to get to a point where we are comfortable with appreciating each other.
"I have a lot of empathy for men and the pressures that they go through and the cultures that have been created, especially for African-American men. I have the same empathy for women and the pressures we go through. A woman has to provide so many things for her children. I consider myself a humanist.
"Happiness comes from you. No one else can make you happy. You make you happy. One thing that’s for sure: the love I have, for the music, my husband, for my child, is something that will last far beyond my life."