Back of Beyonce Knows Herself Enough to Be With Jay-Z Beyonce Knowles isn't a teenager anymore, but that didn't stop her from sitting down with Seventeen to chat all about her whirlwind year, which includes her stop by the TRL finale tonight, as well as her upcoming double album. She opened up about her hush-hush wedding to Jay-Z, as well as her competition. Here's more: On finally settling down with Jay-Z: "I was 18 when we first met, 19 when we first started dating. There was no rush — no one expected me to run off and get married. I really don’t believe that you will love the same thing when you’re 20 as you do at 30. So that was my rule: Before the age of 25, I would never get married. I feel like you have to get to know yourself, know what you want, spend some time by yourself, and be proud of who you are before you can share that with someone else." On what she's learned from her husband: "I guess probably that we’re all human. I don’t care if you’re picture-perfect on every magazine cover, and you’re the most handsome, successful, coolest guy – you still get sad, and you still get your feelings hurt, and you still get confused and vulnerable and nervous and scared. You have to find a person you can make it through the tough times with." On competition with other artists: "I feel like I’m my competition. I don’t try to compete with other people. I just try to better myself. I go and watch everything that I’ve done. I have my YouTube days, when I watch every performance, and I listen to my music, and I watch my videos to figure out what I need to do, what I need to fix, and how to become a better singer." It's rare to get a peek into her relationship with Jay-Z, especially about their vulnerability, but it's part of what keeps her human and able to be her own best motivation. View 2 Photos › Photo 1 Photo 2 Comments honeyhoney77 8 years ha! yeah, whose thighs are those?! anyway, kudos to b for still keeping her private life fairly private :) lisa101 8 years she gives teenagers something to think about. dont rush into marriage is a great message and although not going to work for everyone she represents someone they will listen to. shame about another photo digitally altered. it kinda takes away from the positives in the interview. girls need to see some real thighs!! billyart101 8 years Those are definitely some interesting snippets, and I'm glad she's not being so snobby and secretive about her life. Beyonce is definitely one of my girls at the end of it all, and I will always support her. Even though I don't care for the first two singles, I'm definitely buying the album this Tuesday! Mykie7 8 years I can't stand this woman in any way, but I have to give her props for her statement about knowing yourself and not marrying before 25. I think if more people would follow that, we wouldn't have the high divorce rate in the US that we have right now. I now have to go beat my head against a wall for liking something that she did. Oh wait, her SNL performance was HORRID this weekend! Now I feel better. mlen 8 years ok that outfit is horrible but she looks really good. prob cause they kept her hair and makeup simple since it is 17 mag. but she looks the best i've seen her in a while actually sham28 8 years ABSOLUTELY keep her on Seventeen covers- I'd want my future daughter reading about the importance of getting to know herself prior to marriage, as opposed to reading about Megan Fox and how hot she thinks she is. Lovely_1 8 years Awww I think she is a cutie :) She is wise - I like what she had to say :) Martini-Rossi 8 years great interview, shes beginning to let her personality show more which is great. One thing that I didnt like about her was her robot answers. BOBCAT 8 years She is a good role model for kids,, there are a lot worse!!! good one... Marni7 8 years :) kitchenfloor 8 years I totally agree about the thighs. Saw her on SNL the other night. juicy-gossip 8 years her thighs are photoshopped Jude-C 8 years "Nothing wrong with those girls but teenagers leading teenagers is like the blind leading the blind. It is also a lot of pressure for the teenage stars too." Very true, Jessie! And it doesn't work out too great for a lot of teen stars, apparently--apart from Jamie Lynn Spears, look at all the ones who show up in naughty pictures on the Internet. wicca_08 8 years i love the second pic! Jessiebanana 8 years Beyonce's thighs are great...but those are not them. These mags have to quit with the photo shoppingg. Jessiebanana 8 years I would actually prefer for my teenage daughter to look up to a woman with life and work experience and not another teenage girl like Miley Cyrus or Selina Gomez. Nothing wrong with those girls but teenagers leading teenagers is like the blind leading the blind. It is also a lot of pressure for the teenage stars too. While Salley Fields may not be "hip" enough (though I like her) to inspire youth, Beyonce seems young enough to them to be cool. ilanac13 8 years well i think that this is a nice perspective on her - so i'm glad that we get to see this type of interview with Beyonce. it's good to know that regardless of how much fame she has, she still has a real sense of self. Mesayme 8 years I don't know why they had to 'fix her'. There wasn't anything wrong. :D Teenagers most of all need to learn self-acceptance. When will these mags learn? shenanyginz 8 years I know its wacky but... i love that outfit!! californiagirlx7 8 years She seems like she has a good head on her shoulders when it comes to marriage. I really hope that she and Jay-Z are in it for the long haul. They seem good together. loopymoi 8 years I love the second picture! Her outfit is adorable sugarysweet 8 years They chose the most unflattering picture for the cover. Seventeen almost always does that. bikerchick 8 years Exactly what I was thinking Mesayme! Beyonce is fit and all, but after seeing pictures of her at the beach in a bikini, I definitely agree that those are not her legs (well, maybe they are the half of her legs that haven't been airbrushed away!) loudserenity 8 years i don't feel like there's an age limit to being on seventeen...unless you're like, sally field or something. she's someone the young girls look up to, and i like her young look (even though i do agree that those aren't her thighs lol Mesayme) it's also good to read her at least discussing her relationship--i just got done reading her interview in InStyle and she didn't say a thing about it.