Listen up, people! Beyonce has something to say.
To commemorate the one-year anniversary of her self-titled visual album, the "7/11" singer released an eleven-and-a-half minute short film, titled "Yours and Mine," Friday morning. Set to a montage of music video clips, Jay Z's wife shared her thoughts on fame, body image, feminism, marriage and much more.
"I sometimes wish I could be anonymous walking down the street like everyone else. Before I was famous I was the girl on the hill 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," says the former Destiny's Child singer, who is the most Grammy Award-nominated woman in history. "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 a 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 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. I am complicated. I grew up with a lot of conflict and dramas and I've been through a lot, just like everyone else," Beyonce adds. "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."
Recalling her upbringing in Houston, Texas, Beyonce says, "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 uncomfortable. 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.
"I feel like my body is borrowed, and this life is very temporary," she reveals.
Without identifying anyone, Beyonce says, "I watched my friend's body deteriorate, and to see someone pass on so gracefully put everything into perspective. 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--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 about having a witness to your life," she argues. "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 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--the woman has to provide so many things for their children."
In fact, she says, "I consider myself a humanist."
Perhaps addressing rumors of an impending divorce, Beyonce says, "You know, everyone's not good at everything. You know? It's OK to depend on someone. It's actually what we're supposed to do--we're supposed to depend on each other. And when you find the person that you trust and you love and you feel is going to respect you and take all the s--t that you have and turn it around and bring out the best in you, it feeds you. It is the most powerful thing you can ever feel in your life." She adds, "Happiness comes from you. No one else can make you happy. You make you happy. And one thing that's for sure: The love I have for the music, my husband, for my child--it's something that will last far beyond my life."