You know how there are some famous people who you can imagine hanging out with, and they'd be down to earth and funny and you'd instantly be BFFs (Brian Williams and Rebel Wilson, call me any time), and then there are celebrities whose images are so carefully curated, you can't really picture them outside of their glitzy A-list personas? To me, Beyonce falls into the latter category. She's always so gorgeous and immaculately presented and just such a STAR, I barely think of her as human. Beyonce's like Athena, sprung fully styled from the head of Columbia Records.
Her GQ interview doesn't do much to convince me she's a down-to-earth gal at heart, either. (Yes, there's an actual interview to go along with that jaw-droppingly stunning cover photo.) If anything, it makes her sound a little ... well. A little weird? A little egotistical? A little too into her own hype? Or maybe just really proud of everything she's accomplished?
Check it out, and let me know what your take is.
For starters, Beyonce definitely wants you to know her work ethic is second to none:
I worked so hard during my childhood to meet this goal: By the time I was 30 years old, I could do what I want. I’ve reached that. I feel very fortunate to be in that position. But I’ve sacrificed a lot of things, and I’ve worked harder than probably anyone I know, at least in the music industry. So I just have to remind myself that I deserve it.
She can identify with the Super Bowl (she's performing in the halftime show this year) because she's also a pro player:
One of the reasons I connect to the Super Bowl is that I approach my shows like an athlete. You know how they sit down and watch whoever they’re going to play and study themselves? That’s how I treat this. I watch my performances, and I wish I could just enjoy them, but I see the light that was late. I see, ‘Oh God, that hair did not work.’ Or ‘I should never do that again.’ I try to perfect myself. I want to grow, and I’m always eager for new information.
Also, umm ...
I now know that, yes, I am powerful. I'm more powerful than my mind can even digest and understand.
Okay, I was with her until that last bit. Yay for being empowered and self-confident, but whoa, lady, you're still a carbon-based life form like the rest of us. I'm not sure if she's talking about her celebrity status or her talent or her capabilities as a performer who's also a mom or what, but it's sort of a strange thing to say, don't you think?
Or maybe it's just that I'm far more drawn to self-deprecating, humble personalities. Beyonce IS one of the biggest stars on the face of the planet, so I suppose it's only natural that she's got the larger-than-life diva personality to match.
Finally, Beyonce also says that her blockbuster career gives her purpose in life:
I love my job, but it’s more than that: I need it. Because before I gave birth, it was the only time in my life, all throughout my life, that I was lost.
Yeah, she's clearly a driven, hardworking woman -- but also intense like WHOAH. I'd wish her luck in her continued success, but I don't think she's going to need it. I'd say she's going to be a huge star for exactly as long as she wants to be.
What do you think of this Beyonce interview?
Image via GQ