Beyoncé Opens Up About Rejecting Diet Culture, and Insomnia

Beyoncé has opened up about how she takes care of her body and her mind, ahead of her 40th birthday.

The superstar opened up about the evolution of her self-care journey during her decades-long career in her September cover interview for Harper’s BAZAAR. She mentioned that in the past she has focused more on her career and creative projects, including her management and production company Parkwood Entertainment and her fashion line IVY PARK, than her own self-care.

“I think like many women, I have felt the pressure of being the backbone of my family and my company and didn’t realize how much that takes a toll on my mental and physical well-being. I have not always made myself a priority,” she said.

The Lemonade singer was also honest about the demands of touring and performing, and how they’ve affected her health.

“I’ve personally struggled with insomnia from touring for more than half of my life. Years of wear and tear on my muscles from dancing in heels. The stress on my hair and skin, from sprays and dyes to the heat of a curling iron and wearing heavy makeup while sweating on stage.”

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She continued, “I’ve picked up many secrets and techniques over the years to look my best for every show. But I know that to give the best of me, I have to take care of myself and listen to my body.”

The pop star also spoke on her past relationship with diet culture, and how she focused on her body when she evaluated whether or not she was healthy. Her fans have seen her dedicated pre-tour diets, with the most recent peek seen in her Homecoming concert film. After describing her diet, which demanded “no bread, no carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no meat, no fish, no alcohol,” she said she would never push herself that far again.

“In the past, I spent too much time on diets, with the misconception that self-care meant exercising and being overly conscious of my body. My health, the way I feel when I wake up in the morning, my peace of mind, the number of times I smile, what I’m feeding my mind and my body—those are the things that I’ve been focusing on.”

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She continued, “Mental health is self-care too. I’m learning to break the cycle of poor health and neglect, focusing my energy on my body and taking note of the subtle signs that it gives me. Your body tells you everything you need to know, but I’ve had to learn to listen. It’s a process to change habits and look past the bag of chips and the chaos everywhere!”

The superstar also hinted that there’s more to come from her soon, on both the music side and regarding her self-care rituals. Queen Bey may share more about her health and wellness routines in her upcoming 40th year.

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Beyoncé’s 3 kids make rare cameos

Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s three children made rare cameos in a new video for their mom’s fashion line, Ivy Park.

“The rodeo isn’t just for the grown-ups,”

read an Instagram post introducing Ivy Park Kids, an upcoming expansion into childrenswear.

The cowboy-themed ad features plenty of adorable kids, but fans were quick to point out that among the bunch were the superstar’s own: 9-year-old Blue Ivy as well as 4-year-old twins Rumi and Sir.

In one part, Beyoncé and Blue Ivy hold hands and march in matching pale pink hoodies with cow-print pants. On social media, plenty of people pointed out how much the 9-year-old, who is rarely featured in the media, has grown — she’s almost as tall as her mom!

Rumi and Sir got their time in the spotlight, too. In one shot, the twins appear with their mom in a ring with fireworks above. In another, a curly-haired Beyonce holds Sir, who wears a blue jacket and matching cowboy hat.

Last week Beyoncé shared another video showing off the adult collection for “Ivy Park Rodeo,” a collaboration with Adidas. The looks were “inspired by the inimitable style and undeniable influence of Black cowboys and cowgirls,” according to a press release.

Both the kids and adults collections launch on adidas.com on Aug. 19.

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The rare glimpses of her kids were a treat for fans, given the superstar’s tendency toward privacy. In a recent interview, she opened up about why she often shies away from promotional appearances, media interviews and sharing her personal life on social media.

“We live in a world with few boundaries and a lot of access,” Beyoncé told Harper’s Bazaar. “There are so many internet therapists, comment critics and experts with no expertise. Our reality can be warped because it’s based on a personalized algorithm. It shows us whatever truths we are searching for, and that’s dangerous. We can create our own false reality when we’re not fed a balance of what’s truly going on in the world. It’s easy to forget that there’s still so much to discover outside of our phones. I’m grateful I have the ability to choose what I want to share.”

She added that she wants the focus to be on her creative talents — not her personal life.

“My music, my films, my art, my message — that should be enough,” she said.

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