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Beyonce Opens Up About Jay-Z and Babies

Beyonce Knowles showed off some huge bracelets on the cover of Elle and looked fierce with her heavy eye makeup inside the issue. She's been busy promoting her double album and walking red carpets for Cadillac Records with Jay-Z by her side. In the article Beyonce's shares her sweet side, including that she donated her Cadillac Records salary to the Phoenix House in NYC. Here are some highlights from the interview where Beyonce talks about her husband, kids, and playing Etta James:

  • On her relationship with Jay-Z: "It’s a power struggle. But if I didn’t respect someone and they didn’t have that strength, then I would be bored. I wouldn’t be attracted to them."
  • On her life: "There are a lot of things I never did, because I believe in watching those true Hollywood stories and I see how easy it is to lose track of your life. Think about Marilyn Monroe."
  • On having a baby: "No way! I’m terrified of delivering a child because I saw my nephew being born. That traumatized me. I’m only 27. I’ve got time."
  • On being affected by playing Etta James: "My mom had to leave the set. I don’t normally curse. Maybe twice a year. I have to be really livid. Somebody saying things or scheduling something where I’m not in control. It was freeing, but it was also the most emotionally draining time of my life. Every day I would come home; my eyes would be completely swollen."
  • Tina on Sasha Fierce: “Her cousin Angie gave her that name. We’d tease Beyoncé about having a split personality. Me and Angie and Ty, her stylist, would work with her doing a quick change when she’d come off the stage between sets. Beyoncé would start screaming, ‘What’s wrong with you? Where’s my shoe?’ ‘Uh oh,’ we’d say, ‘Sasha is here.’ I’m like, This is some crazy person who’s doing this quick change. She’s another person up there. We don’t take it personally. Sasha is her bragging side…I don’t know whether to say it, but her hip-hop side.”

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palacinkabeauty palacinkabeauty 7 years
Absolutely stunning cover and photo spread. I can't wait to pick this one up!
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 7 years
Holy mother, that's some arm hardware right there. Bigtime. Childbirth is indeed scary, but apparently it's also spectacular. No sense in being afraid of a fact of life!
Cuppitycake Cuppitycake 7 years
and she shouldnt' be "afraid" of having a baby....her hips are already wide enough. Is that "fierce" enough for you, Sasha?! She's gross!
Cuppitycake Cuppitycake 7 years
Look! Look! They Photo-shopped her in half so her butt could fit on the cover! Seriously....she doesn't look like that, but then again....no one looks like themselves on mag covers!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
I'm glad that she is being sensible about getting married and having kids instead of rushing into both of those things without thinking like other celebs have done. However, the Sasha Fierce thing is just annoying. Like rmur said, it's just an excuse for her to blame her diva behavior on someone (in this case, an alterego).
reactionary reactionary 7 years
i, like many others, am way over the use of an "alter ego" in order to make it seem like your ACTUAL ego isn't that huge. get over yourselvessss. and she looks HORRIBLE on the cover shot. i stared at it for a good five minutes, convinced that they photoshopped her head onto that body. it just looks so.. odd. her hair looks bad, her face looks bad.. which is odd, because in the other pic of her in a purple outfit she looks fine.
AnnaLove AnnaLove 7 years
I used to like her but it seems like she's trying wayyy too hard to stick to her "image" with the fist thing. She's been selling the same thing for as long as I can remember.
crazyana crazyana 7 years
no need to be terrified bout giving birth.do a C-section! just that easy!
melx melx 7 years
the 'sasha fierce' thing is just PATHETIC
TADOW TADOW 7 years
Oh I love her, haters sit down. But that cover is no good
ivanka ivanka 7 years
just don't like her,sorry
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 7 years
www.slate.com/id/2101245/
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 7 years
Ok, guys here are two reviews. One is a review and commentary on the whole "Sasha Fierce" thing and the whole pop alter ego thing. The other is a review of Cadillac Records. It's all quite interesting: http://www.slate.com/id/2205350/ http://www.slate.com/id/2206030/
usinda usinda 7 years
Haha.. I'm surprised someone like her is scared of having a baby.
shantejam shantejam 7 years
Beyonce looks good as usual. She's such a postive, nice classy young lady.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 7 years
I'm very tired of her, the Sasha Fierce thing is lame, she looks better with dark brown hair (like in Get me bodies), and I'm overall very tired of seeing her face and watching her perform the same routine over and over again.
any any 7 years
woaaaa she looks skinny in those pics!! :d jeje
sandy82 sandy82 7 years
I'm a little tired of Beyonce. She's everywhere lately..
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
those pictures don't look like her - it's interesting to me to see how they do things on covers so that you aren't your true self. anyway, i think that she's always honest in interviews and put a decent perspective to things in her life
lawchick lawchick 7 years
(get preg that is)
lawchick lawchick 7 years
lol about the baby. I saw my half brother being born when I was 21, and I still shudder at the thought of delivering a child, even though I'm 30 and it's about time to do it!
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 7 years
I find the whole Sasha Fierce thing incredibly weird. Didn't Garth Brooks try something like that one time? It failed miserably.
smileyface smileyface 7 years
I have mixed feelings about Beyonce. Overall I like her though. The cover shot is not a good one of her, but the pics inside look good.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 7 years
I think the whole Sasha thing is crap! Yea, shes been opening up about her relationship with Jay-z more and more. I cant say Im interested anymore...I have her album and to my surprise she does curse in a few songs so I dunno if I buy that whole "I dont curse" thing. I wish she'd be interesting but sadly shes not. But she is a excellent performer and her voice is on point.
krae85 krae85 7 years
I like the dress. the jacket picture looks very tyra banks to me.
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