If you haven’t already heard, Queen Bey paid a visit to the School of Visual Arts in downtown Manhattan over the weekend to host a Director’s Cut Screening of her new visual album, “Beyoncé.” Before the presentation, Beyoncé took the time to speak about the album and answered questions submitted by fans via Instagram. In her 10 minute Q&A series she discussed how she was “terrified” about the album’s release and ultimately shed some light on the same question we’ve been mulling over for a week now: Who exactly is Yoncé and where is Sasha Fierce?!
Upon first hearing the fifth studio album from the artist it was quickly apparent that this was not the Beyoncé we were used to. Some even went as far as to call the new persona “Sasha Fiercer.” Thankfully, Bey read our minds and answered every one of our internal questions in her own words. Here’s what she had to say:
“This is a project I didn’t think was possible actually. I have never done anything so brave in my life. And the amount of personal growth from this project is unlike anything I have ever done. I took all of my insecurities, all of my doubts, all of my fears…everything I have ever learned over the 17 years and I applied it into this project. It’s interesting how motherhood changes you and it changes your perspective on life. I took all the things I wanted to change about myself and all the things I wanted to share and I put it into this record. I’m very proud of it but more than the music, I am proud of myself as a woman for taking the risk. The biggest message is owning your imperfections and all the things that make you interesting because I refuse to allow someone to put me in anybody’s box.”
On getting personal:
“I’m very private and very respectful and I think it just took me no longer being someone’s child. You know, once I became a mother, I felt like I could tear down those walls. I just felt like it was time. I completely feel liberated and I felt like I could no longer create my art for other people.”
“Yonce is Beyoncé. Ms. Carter is Beyoncé. Sasha Fierce is Beyoncé. I’m finally at a place where I don’t have to separate the two anymore. It’s all one. It’s all pieces of me. Just different elements of a personality of a woman because…we are complicated.”