Beyonce Talks Time Off For Nephew, Husband, Cooking, Concerts and More in Essence Letter

If you have been listening to some of the recent ballads that will be on Beyonce’s forthcoming album ‘4,’ then you may want to know from where she is pulling this revived sense of spirit. In the upcoming July 2011 issue of Essence magazine, the R&B superstar writes her own cover story dubbed “Eat, Play, Love,” where she talks about her nine-month break from music to focus on some of the things she wanted to do in life, including family and relaxation.

In the personal letter, the multi-Grammy winner writes:

“I had talked about taking a vacation before, but always ended up in the studio after two weeks, so no one believed me. This time, though, I was serious. I was going to give myself a year to do the things I never get to do. Simple things like play with my nephew, pick him up from school, visit museums, go to concerts, see some Broadway shows, learn to cook a meal and spend time with my husband…Yes, I needed some relaxation, but I wanted inspiration too, from regular, everyday things. They did not have to be over-the-top productions. I was looking for tiny moments that would speak to my heart and make me smile…”

Beyonce’s fourth studio album will arrive in stores June 28th and is lead by the singles “Run The World (Girls) and “Best Thing I Never Had.”

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