Known for keeping her personal life pretty low-key, Beyoncé broke down the life lessons she’s learned in honor of her upcoming milestone 40th birthday on September 4th in a new interview. Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar, The American singer, entrepreneur and actress revealed she’s spent the past few years focusing on herself, family and healing.
Queen Bey said: “I think like many women, I have felt the pressure of being the backbone of my family and my company and didn’t realize how much that takes a toll on my mental and physical well-being,”
“I have not always made myself a priority.”
“I’ve personally struggled with insomnia from touring for more than half of my life. Years of wear and tear on my muscles from dancing in heels. The stress on my hair and skin, from sprays and dyes to the heat of a curling iron and wearing heavy makeup while sweating on stage.” she added
In the same interview, Beyoncé described herself as an introvert revealing she didn’t speak very much as a child as she spent a lot of time in ”my head building my imagination.”
After years of experiencing the physical toll of touring, Beyoncé said she’s “picked up many secrets and techniques … to look my best for every show.” but admitted, “I know that to give the best of me, I have to take care of myself and listen to my body.” She also said, she prioritized on her career in her 20s and looked forward to establishing her own legacy.
Beyoncé who turns 40 this week gave us a clear glimpse of what the past decade was like for her, adding, “My 30s were about starting my family and my life becoming more than my career. I worked to heal generational trauma and turned my broken heart into art that would help move culture forward and hopefully live far beyond me. My 30s were about digging deeper.”
The star also said she wants to focus on her own joy and freedom in the new decade.
“My wish is for my 40s to be fun and full of freedom. I want to feel the same freedom I feel on stage every day of my life. I want to explore aspects of myself I haven’t had time to discover and to enjoy my husband and my children. I want to travel without working. I want this next decade to be about celebration, joy, and giving and receiving love. I want to give all the love I have to the people who love me back.”
The mother-of-three — who shares her twins and daughter Blue Ivy, 9, with husband JAY-Z also said she has always surrounded herself with honest people who she admire, who have their own lives and dreams and are not dependent on her, adding “People I can grow and learn from and vice versa”.
Talking of how she does practice self-care and prioritizing on her mental health, the ‘if i were a boy’ star said , she’s ‘learning to break the cycle of poor health and neglect, focusing my energy on my body and taking note of the subtle signs that it gives me. Your body tells you everything you need to know, but I’ve had to learn to listen.’
Of course she couldn’t leave without hinting on possibilities of new music. Beyoncé noted: “With all the isolation and injustice over the past year, I think we are all ready to escape, travel, love, and laugh again. I feel a renaissance emerging, and I want to be part of nurturing that escape in any way possible. I’ve been in the studio for a year and a half. Sometimes it takes a year for me to personally search through thousands of sounds to find just the right kick or snare. One chorus can have up to 200 stacked harmonies. Still, there’s nothing like the amount of love, passion, and healing that I feel in the recording studio. After 31 years, it feels just as exciting as it did when I was nine years old. Yes, the music is coming!”.
Read the whole interview here .