Beyonce covers Harper’s Bazaar: “Marriage takes hard work & sacrifice”


Beyonce covers the new issue of Harper’s Bazaar, with a Terry Richardson photo shoot and an epic interview. Damn, Beyonce can talk your ear off. The interview is so long, Bazaar had to split it up into two different parts, which you can read here and here. I’m going to try to do some of the highlights without going overboard. First, a word about the Terry Richardson shoot – it was done in the summer, before Bey started “showing” (or before she got used to wearing a fake baby bump for attention). So that’s why there’s no bump in these photos. Okay, onto the highlights from the interview:

On revealing her bump at the VMAs: “I put a lot of thought into how I wanted to unveil it. It was important to me that I was able to do it myself… I was extremely nervous. It was the toughest red carpet I ever did. I didn’t want a crazy picture or gossip story to break the news… so I decided to say nothing and proudly show my baby bump. I felt it was more powerful to see the love and enthusiasm as opposed to saying anything.”

She’s working on a House of Dereon maternity line: “All I see now are clothes that are flattering on a pregnant woman… It’s been so exciting for me! I love figuring out designs that still make me feel edgy and sexy while pregnant. Flowy fabrics are always flattering… but I still rock my stilettos.”

Bey’s fashion inspirations: “I love Kate Moss. I think she has great style. And I always admire Victoria Beckham and Gisele [Bündchen]. Their style is modern but always classic.” Her longtime stylist Ty Hunter helps her put together ensembles even for her days off, and she and her team are considering hiring hot street-style photographer Tommy Ton to shoot behind the scenes. She’s also an online shopping junkie. “I spend too much money shopping on the Internet!” she moans.

Gwyneth speaks about their friendship: She and close friend Gwyneth Paltrow could probably talk fashion all day, but “our best times have been when we are just sitting around in sweatpants, having a glass of wine, chatting about life,” Paltrow says. “B is wise beyond her years. She has taught me the value of speaking your mind. She is clear and honest and true to herself while being respectful. She will be an incredible mother because she is so full of love and she knows who she is.” Beyoncé has already had plenty of practice with Paltrow’s children, Moses and Apple, and Solange’s son, Daniel Julez. “With my kids she is easy and fun,” Paltrow says. “They know that she is interested in them, and they can tell when a grown-up is faking.”

The timing of her pregnancy was thought out: “It was important to me that I gave myself time to focus on becoming the woman I want to be, building my empire, my relationship, and my self-worth, before I became a mother. Now God has blessed us with the ultimate.”

On Jay-Z: She and Jay-Z are a deeply committed and extremely private couple, just as happy grabbing pizza in Brooklyn as they are yachting around the Mediterranean. “We have been together since I was 20 years old,” she says. “We took our time and developed an unbreakable friendship before we got married. I admire his ability to inspire others. To me, Jay represents the American dream. Jay’s music has helped define our generation. All that he has overcome and worked to achieve gives millions hope that they can become whatever they want to be. I respect him so much; he is a great man and a great artist.”
In a rare moment of candor about their relationship, she continues: “We focused three years on our marriage and found that it brought us an even stronger bond and connection. But like anything great and successful in your life, marriage takes hard work and sacrifice. It has to be something both you and your husband deeply want. The best thing about marriage is the amount of growth you have because you can no longer hide from your fears and insecurities. There’s someone right there calling you out on your flaws and building you up when you need the support. If you are with the right person, it brings out the best version of you.”

She doesn’t care what people think: “I am finally at the stage in my life where I am not so concerned with other people’s opinions about my life decisions. It is so liberating to really know what I want, what truly makes me happy, what I will not tolerate. I have learned that it is no one else’s job to take care of me but me.”

Bey on art: “My mother has been an art collector and always taught me the value of art. She has encouraged me to invest in art since I can remember. The first artist I was truly inspired by was Vincent van Gogh. I was 17 and began doing my own paintings. I used to copy his style. When I was 20 I visited the Sistine chapel and saw Michelangelo’s work and it was one of the most spectacular experiences of my life. I then went on a tour around Europe and visited all the places Picasso and Matisse hung out. I then visited Art Basel and was exposed to all kind of contemporary artists. It got me into art that’s more abstract. Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring are two of my favorites but I appreciate so many contemporary artists. Art inspires me in so many ways. I use art as reference when I’m looking for inspiration for my performances, wardrobe or a video I might be working on. My husband and I collect all types of art from Basquiat and Warhol to Marilyn Minter.”

On FLOTUS: “She is an amazing person, inside and out. She inspires me to want to do more, to want to know more about the world and work harder to make a difference.”

[From Harper’s Bazaartwo stories]

“I was 17 and began doing my own paintings. I used to copy his style.” And she’s still copying artists and passing the stuff off as her own. But Jesus Christ, even amongst Beyonce’s must insufferable comments (the soliloquy about marriage, for instance), Gwyneth Paltrow is still WORSE. Notice Bey doesn’t say anything about Gwyneth – and she doesn’t even name Gwyneth as one of her style inspirations! HAHAHA. But Gwyneth is going to force this friendship to the bitter end: “B is wise beyond her years. She has taught me the value of speaking your mind. She is clear and honest and true to herself while being respectful. She will be an incredible mother because she is so full of love and she knows who she is.” STFU, Goop.




Photos courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar.

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  1. S says:

    Those pics are the lucky aspirant for the photo-shop-of-the-decade award.

  2. says:

    Damn! They’ve photoshopped half of her thighs out of the picture.

    Yes, marriage is hard work and sacrifice, including faking a pregnancy so you an then pass off your husband’s baby with his mistress as your own.

  3. Addie says:

    How does this woman not get tired of herself already?
    She is EVERYWHERE.

    Is she really that facinating to people?

  4. Sweetpea says:

    ‘To me, Jay represents the American dream. Jay’s music has helped define our generation. All that he has overcome and worked to achieve gives millions hope that they can become whatever they want to be. I respect him so much; he is a great man and a great artist.’
    Damn. What woman talks about her husband like that? Doesn’t a simple ‘He’s my man and I love him’ cover it anymore?

  5. Jules says:

    Jesus, she is tiresome. What a self-centered diva. She even makes meeting Michelle Obama all about her. Her husbands music is the music of a generation? Then why haven’t I ever heard one of his songs?

  6. madpoe says:

    I’ve been married since 2001. I frickin’ love it when newbies n moan or whatever on about what it takes to be married…please! STFU! Survive some miscarriages, infidelities, mid-life crisis, having one spouse out work for 18 months and the tax man stalking you day in and day out eating “hobo” dinners and then I’ll hear what you’ve got to say, maybe!!

  7. Jayna says:

    Bey is proud of her curves. What an insult that her thighs were changed to look like a size O model.

    She is smart. She knew her career goals came first so waited on a baby. And her marriage is solid and they’ve a lot of time for just each other bf taking the next step.

  8. DeE says:

    Yes….and that is part of the “defining” problem with our generation. There is very little serious-minded forward moving mentality in our African American youth. Not that Jay-Z and other rappers are responsible for all the black-on-black murder, pants hanging down like shi!!e3 out diapers, overly concerned about materialistic accumulation, but please. Good for whatever charitable endeavors they do, but with all that money, where are the movies/music with serious and positive messages mixed with a bit wordly crap to keep their interest? Several scholarships for a year or so at community colleges…with all their billions, that would be drops in buckets. Travel to each burough (sp?) not just to promote latest liqour/cd, but somewhat like they did for Obama but with more urgency. Encourage staying in school on a yearly basis and offer scholarships and text book grants and computers/laptops and things that will encourage us to pick our selves up and take advantage of education we are now “allowed” to pursue. Oh, and are those pics from her when she just became preggo?

  9. Schnauzers!!! says:

    I really don’t think a song about “99 problems and a b**ch ain’t one” defines a generation…

  10. Schnauzers!!! says:

    @madpoe, I agree. Also toss in some military deployments to hellacious areas, then she can talk about what hard work and sacrifice are…

  11. atlantapug says:

    WTF is with the hair????

    That is all.

  12. Old Greff says:

    I don’t think Jay-Z represents the American dream, but the American reality. A crack dealing, woman beating police snitch becomes a billionaire.

  13. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    @madpoe, according to a couple of blogs, she’s DEFINITELY experienced the infidelity part. But I guess all that money they sit on softens the blow.

  14. Rhiley says:

    My favorite quote in this whole epic interview–really, did Homer write this shizz?– anyway, my favorite quote is when Poopy says, ““With my kids she is easy and fun”…”They know that she is interested in them, and they can tell when a grown-up is faking.” Oh Goopy Poop, even when it isn’t your interview you manage to squeeze in an eyeroll quote. Actually, Poopsy Doo is starting to remind me of Justin Timberlake— she doesn’t really do anything but manages to show up everywhere. Remember when JT was video crashing Nelly Furtado videos and random golf courses and red carpets? Poopster is the female version of JT.

  15. po says:

    That doesn’t even sound like an interview. It sounds like someone wrote a bunch of statements and they put it all together to “make” an interview piece. I wonder if she even needed to be in the room.

  16. JaneWonderfalls says:

    When it comes to Beyonce, I’m going to try and be positive and not say anything negative. I’m trying to give her credit when credit is due, but she just talks out of her but all the time.

  17. Dibba says:

    She kind of annoys me. Not sure why. Now she is expert on marriage and pregnancy, next child rearing. Please go away.

  18. Emma says:

    OK. This just has to be stated. We have been receiving a pregnancy comment/update from or about her DAILY. Like she’s the first person to ever have a pregnancy that’s semi-relevant. Seriously, look at It. Is. Absurd. *Rant over*

  19. lucy2 says:

    She looks demented in the cover photo, which is a shame because she’s very pretty. She appears to be missing half her thighs though…
    Why are she and Goop friends? Seems like an odd pairing.

    I find it funny she likes “modern but classic” styles, considering she usually seems to dress like she just rolled out of Vegas. Which is a shame, I always want her to go more classic, because she’d look lovely.

  20. mia135 says:

    I do not like her husband. He is an unrepentant, former drug dealer who sees nothing wrong with the fact that his actions have destroyed black communities and a whole generation of young people, because “he did it to survive”. On top of that, he and his ilk are responsible for some of the most sexist, violent, hateful, racist, filthy lyrics ever directed towards black women. For which he also makes no apologies, and is even caught on tape hitting a black woman. Of course, this is further shown in his choice of wife -if Beyonce were his complexion or darker, he would not have considered her wifey material at all. He is not the American dream.

    It is for all these reasons that I am not fond of her. She had to know who she was marrying, but seems to turn a blind eye to it (like Sandra Bullock did, and I dislike like her too). I admire Beyonce’s strong work ethic, and she seems to be a fairly simple and private person who keeps to herself when she is out of the limelight, but you can miss me on her ignorant, drug-dealing, sexist black woman-beating husband.

  21. PrettyTarheel says:

    Does anyone but me notice that she is a totally different shade on the cover? Is it lighting? I’m the whitest white you can be, they don’t make makeup pale enough, and I photograph that way in pretty much any light-is it different for people with darker skin? Also, those thighs are ridiculous.

  22. Ck says:

    DeE.. I totally agree. I think there are some good voices in the hip hop scene, like lupe fiasco, and we lost some, like tupac.. But to me, I wish the people who had the fame-whoriness to make themselves pop-mainstream would use their influence in a better way.. Don’t just talk about it… DO IT. this goes for popstars across the board.. It’s just particularly hard when you work with these younger “at risk” populations or some of them are members of your family and they latch on to the sex n money message 🙁 it’s really sad 🙁

  23. Ck says:

    And of course, there is nothing wrong with sex or money… I’m just using it as a way of expressing that attitude… You can toss in misogynistic attitudes as well… And to hop on subject: beyonce is just another self absorbed popstar and she exhausts me but I suppose to a certain degree she’s a better influence than say… Linnocent 😛 or snooki.. Ugh..

  24. anonymoose says:

    I stopped buying fashion mags when they put non-models on the cover. THIS non-model has been insanely photoshopped; they stuffed her bra with what they took off her thighs. And look at that vast open space between her legs in the Wonder Woman pose pic: no one has legs that far apart. If Beyonce’s legs were really set that far apart, she would be on bed rest during her pregnancy so the baby would not fall right out. Not one of these photos is remotely attractive or stylish. That hair, makeup, dark roots, poses, and the textiles are all extremely ugly. Next time get a model. As for the interview, no one cares what Beyonce has to say anyway; she has only ever done what her mother told her to do.

  25. carrie says:

    she’s right! a marriage is a hard working and it’s not a fairy tale
    and she’s pregnant

    i start to think that every one here spends too many time to read the gossip and believe all stupid rumors

  26. Sue says:

    I’m sure every woman out there builds her empire before getting pregnant… LOL! These people don’t have a clue about real life…….

  27. Alejandro says:

    Beyonce always busy trying to prove she’s really artistic when we all know her producers, handlers, songwriters et al come up with the ideas and she just picks some out at random while the original artist gets

  28. GiGi says:

    OMG – the ‘shopping of those thighs! It makes her look like she has Barbie legs – so creepy!

  29. honeybunz says:

    **flatline** @rhiley!!! Goopy poop??!! Oh im so making that a ringtone!! As for the interview and pics all i see is drk roots on a blonde lacefront and all i hear is blah blah blah blah bluppity blah!!! Why is she still here?? One part i dont get….and lemme know if im misunderstanding….cb aid the interview happened and pics taken before bleachy was showing yet shes being questioned about her belly reveal at the vmas…if she wasnt showing for the interview and the interview was done before she was showing how can they talk about the vmas which shouldnt have happened yet?? Did i read it wrong?? Help!! Lol

  30. Jover says:

    Agree with everyone esp. anonymoose and no addie few find her “fascinating” she and her people have the money to buy mag covers – and Harpers like most has acceded to junk pop stars – she’s overexposed uneducated uninteresting vapid (has she ever read a book in her life or does she pay people to do even that; and yes she can’t even talk presumably about our first Lady without making it about her); how is her new piece of drivel actually doing(alejandro you’re right about her “artistry”); the Obama’s would gain much more respect if they steered clear of these bozos they don’t need them and for Bouncy the world is just a photo op.

  31. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    I thought the interview was sweet. Has Terry Richardson always been taking these celeb pictures or has gotten the Aniston bump too?

    Uhhh I think the last paragraph was BS. You don’t steal stuff, pass it off as your own, while openly admitting, you copied someone’s elses idea. That defeats the purpose of passing it off as your own if you admit where the inspiration came from. Jeez. In both the Beyonce stories you posted recently she talks openly about her inspirations. This copying BS needs to be given a rest.

    Oh and when Beyonce says that Jay is the American dream, she has a point. Don’t pretend you don’t know how most successful Americans started out in crime or built their lush empires on the backs of slaves. Jay was born into a bad situation and he rose from it and became the successful man he is today. That is the American dream to have nothing but then have it all. Jay isn’t your average rapper, he still makes deep and meaningful rap songs. I am really into stuff I can dance too but every time I hear a Jay Z song its not just some shake yo ass stuff. Alot of you seriously need to get off the high horses. Quit being so quick to judge.

  32. Bedge says:

    Who was responsible for what ever has happened to her legs in the last picture?

  33. Kelly says:

    Isn’t the rumor that Jay-Z was a drug dealer? That is sad if he is the American dream. He seems pretty sleazy and disrespectful to women to me. I’m kind of over Beyonce anyways, and I’m definitely over hearing about her pregnancy.

  34. @ LOVE ANGELINA: I like the way you think!

  35. bogie says:

    If you people watches shows on the BBC, CNN, documentaries. and even Oprah you would hear Jay-Z talk about the charity work he has done and how he is working to give even more. He also has a scholarship program. Does work for clean water in Africa. As far as his music goes it does have to do with what goes on in society. Check out his last 3-4 albums. The songs are either romantic, talking about society, or upbeat music like the song he has out with Kanye called Otis. It is a good interview, but she needs to stop with the ripping off folks with no credit. Hire the original choreographer. Fire some of your team, it is too ridiculous.

  36. bogie says:

    The song 99 problems is about the police harassing people because of their color and people that go after folks with money like himself. They try to get in physical altercations with these folks with money so they can get them put in jail. Read lyrics before you talk about a song. JAY-Z NEVER HIT A WOMAN. THE VIDEO OF HIM PUSHING SOMEONE UPSIDE THE HEAD IS ACTUALLY A MAN THAT HAD A PONYTAIL. LOOK AT THE PERSON’S HANDS AND THE SIDE OF THEIR FACE. SIT THERE AND REALLY LOOK AT THE PERSON INSTEAD OF JUST PAYING ATTENTION TO JAY-Z.

  37. beclove says:

    @mia135- agree

  38. C-DUB says:

    LET THE HATE BEGIN!!! This girl cannot say anything without folks being so negative. I hope she has a happy and healthy pregnancy. Even when she was getting on my nerves (I felt she was way over exposed during the Sasha Fierce album) I didn’t have this much hate. “She’s not original” “She’s wearing a fake baby bump.” BLAH, BLAH, BLAH…WASH OFF THE HATE! If you are over hearing about her…why read this story? Why comment on it??
    AND why are we always looking for celebrities to bail us out and to raise our children?? It’s not their responsibility. They are here for entertainment purposes only!!

  39. Viv says:

    That is so freaky. She is pretty but her thighs have clearly left the building.

  40. M says:

    ‘To me, Jay represents the American dream. Jay’s music has helped define our generation. All that he has overcome and worked to achieve gives millions hope that they can become whatever they want to be. I respect him so much; he is a great man and a great artist.’
    PLZ!!!! The man made his $$$ selling crack and pimping…so spare us he is the American dream. This is why people are sick of them, they pretend to be something/someone they never were or will be

  41. JaneWonderfalls says:

    @CDUB We can comment on her because we can. I really get tired of people acting like the only people who should comment on any article are the one’s who like the person. This comment forum is welcomed to all sides nay sayers and supporters, as long as you don’t spew racist and hateful comments toward eachother. Admit it your a fan of hers okay but don’t get an attitude because I or anyone else is not playing into her bs. And yes I will comment on her as I see fit. If you don’t like the commments you should not read them than. BTW “Hating” is such and obnoxious word when it comes to disagreeing or not liking a person.

  42. Brit says:

    What is she promoting again? Being pregnant, she and Jessica Alba love attention.

  43. Dominique says:

    @madpole, She’s been with Jay-Z for 10+ years. I’m sure they’ve been through all of that and then some. Have a seat.

  44. Eve says:

    Really strange pictures…YIKES!

  45. luls says:

    When you compare Beyonce to the sleazy trash that is out there like Rihanna, Katy Perry etc….. Beyonce ALWAYS comes out smelling like roses, (PARTICULARLY in the talent & maturity department), even though she has made a couple of gaffes. You can also tell she is the most down to earth of them all.

    So I wont join the ridiculous baseless criticism that seems to be the theme on all Beyonce’s threads.

    Compared to THE MAJORITY of popstars today, Beyonce has the MOST talent and dignity. Yes, i said it. A BLIND AND DEAF person can see that she is an amazing live performer, and decent person.

    THAT is my opinion.

  46. kell says:

    All I know is that I sure hope that she is really actually pregnant. I guess she couldn’t go to Africa or China or somewhere and adopt a baby like everyone else did. I guess she had to avoid following the crowd. Now ppl are on to her and its going to be hard faking the birth.

  47. Robin says:

    Ok…to all of the folks that were quick to snipe…” he’s just a drug dealer” clearly don’t know anything about this person’s bio or music. His brief time selling drugs was during his teen years growing up in a New York project. The man is now 41yo. I assume that her statement regarding his stature in American pop culture is influenced by her front row seat for the past decade watching him play an integral part in defining hip hop and pop culture. He’s an artist that has collaborated with different musicians from other musical genres to advance and mesh his art form and he’s now surpassed Elvis for the amount of #1 albums. If the general public weren’t interested in her life she wouldn’t be so prominently featured in magazines!