Current age: 32
Career at 20: In October 2001, just after Beyoncé's Sept. 4 birthday, Destiny's Child released their holiday album, 8 Days of Christmas. Shortly after the album's release, the group announced that they were going on a hiatus to pursue solo careers, and the following Summer, Beyoncé appeared as Foxxy Cleopatra in Austin Powers in Goldmember.
Relationship status at 20: It's rumored that Beyoncé started dating Jay Z around 2001, but the two were first publicly linked when she collaborated on his October 2002 single "'03 Bonnie & Clyde," which they performed together on TRL the following month.
Quoted at 20: While promoting Austin Powers in Goldmember in 2002, Beyoncé was interviewed in the UK and talked going solo. "When you start a new chapter in your life, everything is just scary. It's a good scariness, because it forces you to grow. My main thing is performing by myself, like I can't imagine that. That's why in our show a year ago we started doing one song by ourselves, just so we could get comfortable with that, because we knew after the tour that we'd start individual projects . . . The first couple times, I forgot the words!"