Beyoncé broke the net on Tuesday night (April 16th) and Wednesday (April 17th) with the release of her Netflix documentary, HOMECOMING: A film by Beyoncé. In the film, which gave fans an intimate look into Bey’s 2018 Coachella performance, she also shared her the struggles she faced while preparing for the show. Bey revealed, “My body went through more than I knew it could. I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth. I had an extremely difficult pregnancy. I had high blood pressure. I developed toxemia, preeclampsia, and in the womb, one of my babies’ heart beats paused a few times, so I needed to get an emergency C-section.” 

Bey continued, “In order for me to meet my goals, I’m limiting myself to no bread, no carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no meat, no fish, no alcohol … I’m hungry. It’s not like before when I could rehearse 15 hours straight. I have children. I have a husband. I have to take care of my body.”

When speaking on performing after giving birth to twins, Bey also said, “There were days that I thought I’d never be the same… physically, and my strength and endurance would never be the same. I learned a valuable lesson: I will never, never push myself that far again. I feel like I’m a new woman in a new chapter of my life and I’m not even trying to be who I was.”

In other news, according to VIBE, the audio of Bey’s 2016 visual album, Lemonade, will be available to streaming platforms next week. Variety reports that the album will be available on Tuesday, April 23rd, which is the three-year anniversary of the film’s debut on HBO. 


On another note, Beyoncé has penned a tribute to Michelle Obama in Time Magazine’s "100 Most Influential People" issue. Bey wrote, “Loving Michelle Obama wasn’t much of a choice. It was something that came naturally, because of how she carried herself. Because she resembled us and was moving in spaces where, as black Americans, we weren’t exactly meant to be, she seemed so powerful. The way she looked, walked and spoke, in that warm but authoritative tone, we saw our mothers and sisters. She was strong and ambitious and spoke her mind without sacrificing honesty or empathy. That takes a lot of courage and discipline.” 

Bey also said that Michelle Obama “empowers all of us to interrogate our fears and surpass greatness.” She then touched on the sacrifices the former First Lady made while juggling being a mom and a wife. Beyoncé continued, “I’m honored to know such a brilliant black woman who’s spoken about the sacrifice it takes to balance her passions while remaining a supportive partner and mother, and now a best-selling author with Becoming. She has continued to open herself up, even if it meant being criticized. She has continued to be a portrait of grace.” 

She added, “I am so grateful that my daughters and my son live in a world where Michelle Obama shines as a beacon of hope who inspires all of us to do better and to be better.”