Beyoncé recently debuted a short film titled Yours and Mine to celebrate the one-year anniversary of her self-titled visual album.
The 11-minute video is made up of clips from the singers recent collection of music videos — as she shares with the world her feelings and emotions about fame, growing up, feminism, motherhood, being in love and getting married.
“I sometimes wish I could be anonymous and walk down the street like everyone else. Before I was famous, I was the girl on the hill with the guitar. I was the girl who just wanted a beautiful view of the beach. And now that I’m famous, it’s really really difficult to do really, really 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 for me, things I know I can provide for myself. I have dreams and I feel like I have a power to actually make those dreams actually become a reality.
“When you’re famous no one looks at you as a human anymore. You become the property of the public. There’s nothing real about it. You can’t put your finger on who I am. I can’t put my finger on who I am.”
Beyoncé also opened up about her childhood and admitted to ordeals that affected her growth.
“I grew up with a lot of conflict and traumas 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.
“I was brought up seeing my mother try to please and make everyone comfortable. And 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 cuz 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.”
Reflectively, she added – “If I hadn’t gone through some of the painful experiences in my life, I would not be me.”
Giving her own views on love and marriage, Beyoncé stated that “if I accomplished all of these things and had no one to share 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.”
“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.”
When it comes to her body, the 33 year-old star revealed that she feels her body is borrowed and this life is quite temporary.
“I watched my friend’s body deteriorate. And to watch someone pass on so gracefully put everything into perspective. We do not value ourselves enough. Especially young people don’t appreciate how brilliant our bodies are. I’ve always been very very specific and very choosey…very choosey about what I do with my body and who I want to share that with.”
Beyonce also discussed her thoughts on feminism, saying that although she considers herself a feminist, “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 that 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 their children. I consider myself a humanist.”
In closing, Beyoncé affirmed, “One thing that’s for sure, the love I have for music, for my husband, for my child is something that will last far beyond my life.”