Not content with being one half of the hottest couples in music, not to mention her recent amazing Super bowl performance, Beyoncé has turned her hand to directing. The documentary she directed Life is But a Dream, aired at the weekend and was dedicated to her husband and daughter. It offers a sneak peek into her life for the past two years. So of course, we got the ice cream and popcorn in, ready to watch. Here’s 10 things we’ve learnt from the documentary...
1. Beyoncé has been rocking peplum since she was a child
The documentary opened with an old-school home video of Beyoncé as a child outside her parent’s house in Texas. The best part of this home video-why the outfits of course! We see B rocking a denim peplum dress with white-fringed cowboy boots, proving her on trend fashion status from a very young age.
2. She had a Saturday job
Yes Queen B is just like us revealing in the documentary that her mother, who owned a hair salon, would let her sweep up the hair. But being the performer she was, she also sung for customers and earned some extra pocket money by demanding payment for her mini shows.
3. She never misses a hairbrush moment
Us ladies love a hairbrush moment and Beyoncé showed us the ultra fun side of her with a snippet of her, sister Solange and Kelly Rowland singing along to the radio playing Love Fool by The Cardigans. The best part about this? The wine glasses spotted in the background. The worst? Even with all our mates round on a Saturday night we’ll never sound as good as these three.
4. She loves the computer selfie
Forget the Smythson diary, Beyoncé is all about the computer journal selfie, documenting her life on her mac. She reveals: “ Thank god for my computer sometimes when there is no one to talk to, I talk out loud so I can get all of my thoughts out. I try to figure out the issues I’m having and I try to find the answers.”
5. She's a great aunt
While most of us make do with the odd knitted jumper from relatives, Beyoncé wins best aunt of the year award. In the documentary she shows us some intimate video footage of her and her nephew Jules, who she flew to Paris in 2011, after she heard him speaking fluent French one day.
6. On hiding when pregnant
“Being pregnant was very much like falling in love. You are so open, you are so overjoyed. There’s no words that can express having a baby growing inside of you so of course you want to scream it out and tell everyone but you just have to make sure everything is safe, so I had to hide something that was the best thing in my life.”
7. Singing was therapy after her miscarriage
This was the most heart-breaking part of the documentary as Beyoncé revealed for the first time about the baby she lost. “I was pregnant for the first time, and I heard the heartbeat, which was the most beautiful music I ever heard in my life.” When the sad news was delivered she revealed how going into the studio was “the best form of therapy”.
8. She rocked stage clothes while pregnant with Blue Ivy
We get a glimpse of Jay Z looking adoringly at Beyoncé in shimmering gold stage outfit while hiding her Blue Ivy pregnancy from the world: “They keep putting me in these tight clothes and midriffs tops and now I’m showing and I’m trying to hide it. It’s really difficult.“
9. Her true love for H.O.V.A
Giving us yet another wonderful home movie from her collection Beyoncé shows us a birthday toast she gave Jay Z on Dec 4 2006. On their love: “I was 20 years old when we first started dating. You taught me how to be a woman, you taught me how to be a friend.” Later In the doc, she added: “It’s every woman’s dream to feel this way about someone.”
10. She dresses her daughter in onesies
With her head of curly black hair, we get a close up of Blue Ivy dressed in a white and blue-striped onesie, beyond cute! Also love that Beyoncé rocked a hair net and curlers in the hospital when giving birth.
by Carlene Thomas-Bailey