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Beyonce Talks About Her Marriage to Jay-Z

Beyonce Knowles put out two singles yesterday gearing up for her Nov. 18 album release — but even more exciting is that she's finally talking about her not-so-secret wedding to Jay-Z. The couple has always kept extremely private, but in the November issue of Essence, Beyonce opens up just a little. Here are highlights:

  • On getting married: "We've been together a long time. We always knew it would happen. What Jay and I have is real. It's not about interviews or getting the right photo op. It's real."
  • On not wanting an engagement ring: "People put too much emphasis on that. It's just material, and it's just silly to me."
  • On the small ceremony: "[I'm not a] traditional woman. It's been my day so many days already."
  • On her legacy: "I want to be acknowledged as a woman in a very talented group with great harmonies and great songs that made history and changed the culture of women, not only in America but all over the world. [A woman] who could sing a cappella and write her own songs and produce her own songs."

While an engagement diamond might have been unnecessary, have you seen the wedding ring she's wearing these days? Underneath that, however, is the meaningful matching IV tattoos, which represent their birthdays and wedding day. While Jay-Z hinted at starting a family, sounds like her new album is the focus for now.

babyblue1128 babyblue1128 9 years
she's such a hypocrite, though a beautiful one
hmweis1 hmweis1 9 years
Yeah, engagement rings are SO materialistic. Give me a break woman! Maybe she doesn't realize vacationing 200 days out of the year is materialistic as well. I didn't realize she was so egotistical.
Rnicolew Rnicolew 9 years
Ummm... You guys are nuts… …. Saying receiving a ring was the "Single most important day of your life" lol! how about taking the vow to be with the person you love. I don’t see why so many are HATING ( hi hater ) on B. If the woman doesn’t want a ring then so be it- ITS OK….So many people are determined to hate her, yet you are all in the club bouncing that ass when her song come on- give me a break!
tiggerchick2 tiggerchick2 9 years
Every time this stuck up woman opens her mouth something stupid comes out of it: On not wanting an engagement ring: "People put too much emphasis on that. It's just material, and it's just silly to me." And I guess all of the expensive clothes, jewelry and other material stuff she has is just fine. Nevermind that people are losing their homes and starving as long as Beyonce has the ugliest, gaudiest and biggest wedding ring. She's not materialistic? Then, nice to meet you all, I'm Madonna.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
On not wanting an engagement ring: "People put too much emphasis on that. It's just material, and it's just silly to me." :rotfl:
Mykie7 Mykie7 9 years
Who are you again?
Soapboxer Soapboxer 9 years
LOOK AT ME REMEMBER ME????? Please...???
Mykie7 Mykie7 9 years
Oh please. She doesn't need an engagement ring but apparently DOES need the mosty gaudy wedding ring ever? Okay, some of Zsa Zsa's rings were that attrocious too, so I guess that I should be too surprised that a Diva like her has one.
LittleMissM LittleMissM 9 years
I think people are taking what she said too seriously. I don't think she meant that the ring is too material and expensive (while simultaneously sporting a 10,000 dollar bag), I think she literally just meant that a ring means nothing. You can have a ring, but that doesn't prove anything. Real love is real love regardless of a ring or a marriage license. And I think that is kind of cute.
vic20 vic20 9 years
Shes entitled 2 say whatever feels right 2 her n being herself z Wat counts...funny how she opened up about da wedding that they didn't admit 2 have happened...i think Jay z furious wit her cause hes a down 2 earth person-doesnt like degrading- n keeps his private life private...
snarkypants snarkypants 9 years
what with the dead eyes look in the second pic?
mariposamonarca mariposamonarca 9 years
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
beyonce is the smartest person in the world. The less she talks the better.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 9 years
I just fi3end it funny that some celebrities talk about their privet life when they are promoting a new CD or Movie, they even smile to the pap. But the problem is that after that they complain that the press doesn't respect their life, which is funny because they allowed it to happen when they talked about it in the first place.
LikeThoseShoes LikeThoseShoes 9 years
funny that she didnt want an engagement ring because its materialistic yet she has a multi-million dollar wedding diamond.
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 9 years
i love the way she looks in this photo's she looks great.
lawchick lawchick 9 years
Hm I didn't take her comments as trying to degrade anyone else's priorities or experiences. I had a super small wedding with like 10 people and didn't have an engagement ring, and that doesn't mean I have a problem with anyone else having a big wedding or a big ring. It just wasn't what we wanted for ourselves.
mar mar 9 years
I actually agree with her comments. Lets face it, she could have any engagement ring she wanted but that was not a priority. We all have our own set and she is entitled to hers. Personally , I think she speaks well for herself and she does not seem stuck up. I STILL hate her music however.
writerjenna writerjenna 9 years
Beyonce is so incredibly uninteresting. She also recently butchered BC Jean's "If I Were A Boy."
Briandiesel Briandiesel 9 years
I dont think she meant it like that sounds. I think in general people DO put a lot of emphasis on the actual ring. How big it is, where its from, all that kinda stuff. My friend quit wearing her ring for a while because she felt like everyone was just sorta judging her engagement ring more than being happy for her and her engagement. The actual engagement is of course, amazing and exciting, but a ring is just a ring, no matter what you think it symbolizes. The wedding band is a different story. And lets be honest, that is probably quite a paraphrase from the a longer answer than the 2 sentences that Pop posted...
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
well you have to admit that it is really refreshing to hear these things from someone so young - but then again her comment about 'it's been my day so many times' - that is a little celebrity isn't it? i think that it's nice that they've managed to keep things on the QT, but i guess that they had to talk about it somewhere right?
LuvLeoDiCaprio LuvLeoDiCaprio 9 years
Whatever great interestign article but her ring is so ugly it is way to big.
cmd0610 cmd0610 9 years
plus how is her huge blingin wedding ring any less "material" than an engagement ring . . . .?
cmd0610 cmd0610 9 years
Ditto jkat and aistea- what Beyonce said is insulting! Receiving my engagement ring was the greatest moment of my life- it's a simple ring but it's being able to carry the memory of the engagement around with me that's awesome, not being able to show something off to people- Beyonce is horrible, it can be viewed as "material" but I'm sure to most ppl an engagement ring a very special token of affection- ugh i hate her.
jaan_black jaan_black 9 years
agreed jkat...LOVE my 2ct princess cut solitaire so she can kiss it as far as THAT goes but it's the meaning behind it (granted, diamonds are lovely regardless)...some of us ladies actually had special engagements and some of us are traditional in that sense...and it's nothing to down play b/c she's had her moments and nothing's special anymore...I'd betcha anything it was HIM that was so blah about it and she's just a poser
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