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Photo of Beyonce Knowles on Essence Cover, Revealing She Married Jay-Z

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.

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