Beyoncé talks marriage and motherhood in newly released outtakes from her interview with GQ magazine. The star graced the cover of the February issue of the mag and spoke candidly about balancing work and family. On Jan. 22, GQ posted additional excerpts from the interview on their website in response to an outpouring of concerns raised by fans on Twitter.
On her relationship with rap superstar Jay Z the singer told the mag, “I was independent before I met my husband, and we have such a natural chemistry and a genuine relationship, and it's based on the things that relationships are supposed to be based on. I've seen, growing up, when a woman or a man in a relationship—it doesn't matter which one—doesn't feel confident, they feel a bit trapped. Your self-worth is determined by you. You don't have to depend on someone telling you who you are."
Beyoncé also addressed rumors about a faked pregnancy, "I felt like I kind of had to protect my mother, because when people made up the silliest rumor about me not really being pregnant She was there when I went through all of those things. And my sister. They were very, very defensive. It's not personal to me, and it comes along with the job, but the lack of respect—people will just go too far sometimes."
The multi-platinum singer says about her experience becoming a mother, "When I gave birth, that was the first time I truly let go and surrendered. And it taught me how amazing that feels... Giving birth made me realize the power of being a woman. I have so much more substance in my life. And expressing that excitement and that sensuality and the connection I have with my husband—I'm a lot more comfortable with that now. I actually feel like my child introduced me to myself."
Beyoncé’s interview with GQ magazine is available on newsstands in February.