A deeply moving video of Beyoncé was released Friday morning to commemorate the one-year anniversary of when Queen Bey dropped an entire album without any promotion. The self-entitled album inspired Beyoncé to create a short eleven-minute film called Yours and Mine.
The black and white video is set to a collaboration of music video clips. The songstress shares her intimate thoughts on fame, body image, feminism, marriage and more.
Blue Ivy's mom says in the video, "I sometimes wish I could be anonymous walking down the street like everyone else. Before I was famous I was the girl on the gill with a guitar. I was the girl that just wanted a beautiful view of the beach. Now that I’m famous it’s really, really difficult to do very simple things... I think it’s the hardest thing to give up, but my mother always taught me to be strong and to never be a victim, never make excuses, never expect anyone else to provide me things that I know I can provide for myself. I have dreams and I feel like I have power to actually make those dreams become a reality. When you’re famous, no one looks at you as a human anymore. You become property the public. There’s nothing real about it."
Beyoncé, who was just named the most Grammy Award nominated woman in history adds, "You can’t put your finger on who I am. I can’t put my finger on who I am. I am complicated. I grew up with a lot of conflict and dramas and I’ve been through a lot, just like everyone else. My escape was always music, and I’m so lucky that that’s my job. But, if I accomplished all of these things and had no one to share it with, it would be worth nothing. You know, you need something real in order for any of this stuff to matter. You have to have something that is forever, something that’s invisible."
Beyoncé was brought up in Houston, Texas with younger sister Solange. She elaborated on her upbringing.
"I was brought up seeing my mother trying to please and make everyone 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. Because I know that when you grow up, when you learn a few things, you’re no longer afraid of letting go. You’re no longer afraid of the unknown. You’re no longer afraid of going certain places in your body or mind that might make you feel comfortable. It all starts when you can look in the mirror and say, 'I like this person,' you know? If I hadn’t gone through some of the painful experiences in my life, I would not be me."
And perhaps most interesting, Beyoncé addressed her marriage with Jay Z, which has been under speculation of split rumors for months.
"People feel like they lose something when they get married, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There’s nothing more exciting about having a witness to your life. I 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 someone 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 hat 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 – the woman has to provide so many things for their children."
Beyoncé created a truly beautiful piece that feels somewhat like her journal on tape. She adds, "I feel like my body is borrowed, and this life is very temporary."
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