Video: Beyonce Visits ‘The View’
Despite 4 dropping almost a month ago, Beyonce still continues the promotional trail with a visit to the ladies at The View. Before performing “1+1” and “Best Thing I Never Had” <<(my jam), she chatted about what she did on her year off, her style and of course, her husband. Interview highlights courtesy of Necole Bitchie:
What did you do that was normal on your break?
Well I went to see museums, I went to see ballets, I went to visit The Great Wall of China, everywhere I’ve always wanted to go…everywhere I’ve been but never really got to see.
Did you see your husband?
I did. I went on tour with him and I got to see the shows from the audience which was something that I don’t get a chance to do. I was really, really inspired.
Did you become a Jay-Z groupie?
I’ve always been a Jay-Z groupie.
Did you start to feel that your life was unreal and that’s why you took a break?
Not really unreal but I didn’t really get to see the impact that I’ve been able to have on so many people. I would sit at award shows and they would give me an award and I just thinking about the next performance and never really thought about how fortunate I was. I was just on to the next project and on to the next day and it was kind of unfortunate to be able to do all the things that I’ve done. Like I said, I’ve been to all these great places and to not see anything but the hotel room. I literally would look at the stage and that’s when I knew where I was.
On the movie “A Star Is Born”
I said, “If this movie is redone over, it has to be done right and I have to work with Clint Eastwood.” I was kind of like there is no way in the world this is going to happen. Then they told me a couple months after I said that “Guess, what we have a meeting with Clint Eastwood.” So my mother and I got on the plane the next morning. We were sitting there so nervous and he was so elegant, very, very charming and witty. I was so star struck; I didn’t know what to say. But I was honored that he believed in me and I know this is a huge opportunity for me.
On rewriting her place in music history
I feel like this album is all about the music and it’s really exciting for me because I took all of those inspirations and I took a lot of live instrumentations and I mixed all these different genres together and I didn’t necessarily think about radio or think about the things I usually do.
Are you changing you style?
No, if anything it’s more musical. I felt like more heart and soul and real lyrics and stories should be brought back into popular music.
When you say you know who you are, who are you?
Well, I am a wife, I am a daughter, I am a friend and I am a woman.
Watch her performances below: