Beyonce is many things:
Gorgeous. Talented. Impactful. Ahead of her time.
But one thing the singer has almost never been is this: candid.
The singer has maintained a level of privacy that is nothing short of amazing, considering her global level of fame.
HOWEVER, Beyonce is featured on the cover of Vogue's September 2018 issue, opening up like never before about various aspects of her life.
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The Biggest Revelation in the Interview
"I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth to Rumi and Sir," Beyonce revealed in the lengthy captions the accompany the images shot by Tyler Mitchell in the issue, speaking on this traumatic experience for the first time ever.
Just How Dangerous Did It Get?
"I was swollen from toxemia and had been on bed rest for over a month," she adds. "My health and my babies' health were in danger, so I had an emergency C-section." Wow, huh?
How Did Jay-Z Respond?
Like. A. Boss. Beyonce said her rapper husband was "a soldier and such a strong support system for me" during this time, adding: "I am proud to have been a witness to his strength and evolution as a man, a best friend, and a father. I was in survival mode and did not grasp it all until months later."
What Did She Take Away from This Scary Ordeal?
"Today I have a connection to any parent who has been through such an experience," the singer says. "After the C-section, my core felt different. It had been major surgery. Some of your organs are shifted temporarily, and in rare cases, removed temporarily during delivery. I am not sure everyone understands that."
The New (And Awesome) Beyonce
Unlike Kim Kardashian and some other famous moms, Beyonce does NOT believe one needs to shed the baby weight ASAP. Or ever. "I needed time to heal, to recover. During my recovery, I gave myself self-love and self-care, and I embraced being curvier. I accepted what my body wanted to be … I was patient with myself and enjoyed my fuller curves. My kids and husband did, too … To this day my arms, shoulders, breasts, and thighs are fuller."
"I have a little mommy pouch, and I'm in no rush to get rid of it," the artist says. "I think it's real. Whenever I'm ready to get a six-pack, I will go into beast zone and work my ass off until I have it. But right now, my little FUPA and I feel like we are meant to be."
She Learned from Her Past
"After the birth of my first child, I believed in the things society said about how my body should look," Beyonce continued. "I put pressure on myself to lose all the baby weight in three months and scheduled a small tour to assure I would do it. Looking back, that was crazy."
"After six months, I started preparing for Coachella," Beyonce said of her hugely beloved return to the stage this year after welcoming the twins. "I became vegan temporarily, gave up coffee, alcohol and all fruit drinks. But I was patient with myself and enjoyed my fuller curves. My kids and husband did, too."
Will She Ever Get Plastic Surgery?
It sure doesn't sound that way, even though Beyonce wasn't asked directly. But she says: "I think it's important for women and men to see and appreciate the beauty in their natural bodies."
Her Family's Past is Her Prologue
Beyonce has never really said anything such as the following before about her relatives: "I come from a lineage of broken male-female relationships, abuse of power and mistrust. Only when I saw that clearly was I able to resolve those conflicts in my own relationship. Connecting to the past and knowing our history makes us both bruised and beautiful."
Does She Address Jay-Z's Cheating in the Interview?
Sort of: "There are many shades on every journey," she says here. "Nothing is black or white. I've been through hell and back, and I'm grateful for every scar. I have experienced betrayals and heartbreaks in many forms. I have had disappointments in business partnerships as well as personal ones, and they all left me feeling neglected, lost and vulnerable."
She is Beyonce. Hear Her Roar!
"Through it all I have learned to laugh and cry and grow," she explains. "I look at the woman I was in my 20s and I see a young lady growing into confidence but intent on pleasing everyone around her. I now feel so much more beautiful, so much sexier, so much more interesting. And so much more powerful."
The Future Will Be Female
Says the parent of three overall: "As the mother of two girls, it's important to me that they see themselves too - in books, films and on runways. It's important to me that they see themselves as CEOs, as bosses, and that they know they can write the script for their own lives—that they can speak their minds and they have no ceiling. They don't have to be a certain type or fit into a specific category. They don't have to be politically correct, as long as they're authentic, respectful, compassionate and empathetic."
What is Her Parenting Philosophy?
The superstar says she yearns to give her daughters the freedom to "explore any religion, fall in love with any race and love who they want to love," adding: "I want the same things for my son. I want him to know that he can be strong and brave but that he can also be sensitive and kind. I want my son to have a high emotional IQ where he is free to be caring, truthful and honest."
And Her Philosophy in Life?
"I am accepting of who I am. I will continue to explore every inch of my soul and every part of my artistry. I want to learn more, teach more and live in full."