Beyonce gets intimate in her “Year of 4” documentary. From the reasons for stepping out and leaving her father-manager Matthew Knowles behind, her growth as a woman, her welcomed fears as an artist and her inspirations.
On her reason for taking 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 leaving her father behind to start a new chapter:
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.
Watch Beyonce in “Year of 4” in full below:
The images below show Beyonce surprising some children of YMCA camp at a Target Harlem, New York.