Beyonce debuted her “Year Of 4” documentary on MTV, BET, VH1 and Centric last night. The 20-minute clip was jam-packed with behind-the-scenes footage of her year-long hiatus, some of which she filmed herself by handcam.
From riding a toboggan past the Wall of China and scuba-diving in the Red Sea to flying in the Tofu Tofu dancers from Africa to help her with her “Run The World (Girls)” video and asking hubby Jay-Z to help her select the final songs for her album “4,” viewers were blessed with seeing a side of Beyonce we never have before.
Watch her make demands, cry, and perform below. It’s a must-see!
On Why She took a break
After I finished the last tour I was a bit overwhelmed and over worked. My mother was the person that preached to me and almost harassed me everyday after I was doing the last world tour. “You really need to live your life and open your eyes and you don’t want to wake up with no memories and never really [have] been able to see the world.” I never even realized I needed a year off and I never realized that I didn’t know how to take a year off.
On parting ways with her father
I’ve been managed by my father for a long time and a real change meant separating from him. It was scary but it empowered me and I wasn’t going to let fear stop me. It was very risky for me to step out on my own. Being a young woman I want to set the example that it’s possible for us to own our own businesses and own our own record labels. Sometimes we don’t reach for the stars, sometimes we are satisfied with what people tell us that we’re suppose to be satisfied with and I’m just not going for it.