- In a new interview, Beyoncé spoke candidly about her transformative experience of becoming a mother.
- She also opened up about her journey to motherhood, saying, “Having miscarriages taught me that I had to mother myself before I could be a mother to someone else.”
Beyoncé may be the world’s number one musical artist and performer, but her definition of success has radically changed ever since she became a mother.
In a new interview with ELLE for the magazine’s January 2020 issue, the Grammy Award–winning singer got vulnerable about motherhood and the journey to self-actualization.
When asked if she was disappointed that Lemonade and Homecoming were snubbed of awards, Beyoncé responded, “I began to search for deeper meaning when life began to teach me lessons I didn’t know I needed. Success looks different to me now. I learned that all pain and loss is in fact a gift.”
The singer also revealed, “After having a difficult pregnancy, I took a year to focus on my health.”
She added that the painful experience of miscarriages taught her something valuable about herself.
“Having miscarriages taught me that I had to mother myself before I could be a mother to someone else,” she said. “Then I had Blue, and the quest for my purpose became so much deeper. I died and was reborn in my relationship, and the quest for self became even stronger. It’s difficult for me to go backwards. Being ‘number one’ was no longer my priority. My true win is creating art and a legacy that will live far beyond me. That’s fulfilling.“
Whether or not she cares about winning, this awards season has already taken note of Bey’s work on Disney’s remake of The Lion King, in which she vocally stars as Nala, as well as contributed original music. The song “Spirit,” which she co-wrote, was just nominated for a Golden Globe.