Beyoncé Speaks About Privacy In New Interview
Beyonce, Queen Bey, as she is called by her fans has sold more than 118 million records as a solo entertainer and another 60 million during her tenure with Destiny’s Child.
When all of her recording acts are considered, she’s received 79 Grammy nominations and won 28 of the prestigious awards.
Unlike some others in the entertainment industry, the 39-year-old’s fame isn’t boosted by frequent interviews, promotional appearances, or tell-all glimpses of her private life on social media. She has actively kept her family private as much as she can.
Speaking about this in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar The Icon Issue, she said:
We live in a world with few boundaries and a lot of access. There are so many internet therapists, comment critics, and experts with no expertise. Our reality can be warped because it’s based on a personalized algorithm. It shows us whatever truths we are searching for, and that’s dangerous. We can create our own false reality when we’re not fed a balance of what’s truly going on in the world. It’s easy to forget that there’s still so much to discover outside of our phones. I’m grateful I have the ability to choose what I want to share. One day I decided I wanted to be like Sade and Prince. I wanted the focus to be on my music, because if my art isn’t strong enough or meaningful enough to keep people interested and inspired, then I’m in the wrong business. My music, my films, my art, my message — that should be enough. Throughout my career, I’ve been intentional about setting boundaries between my stage persona and my personal life, Beyoncé noted, adding that the boundaries go both ways. My family and friends often forget the side of me that is the beast in stilettos until they are watching me perform.
She thinks that many people still misunderstand her need to keep things separate and reserved, believing instead that her manner is simply closed off.
I’ve fought to protect my sanity and my privacy because the quality of my life depended on it. A lot of who I am is reserved for the people I love and trust. Those who don’t know me and have never met me might interpret that as being closed off. Trust, the reason those folks don’t see certain things about me is because my Virgo ass does not want them to see it… It’s not because it doesn’t exist!