Beyoncé’s surprise fifth studio album wasn’t just about doing things her way; it was also a point in her illustrious career where she could completely be herself. Letting “honesty” be the glue for the project, the 32-year-old, who has been in the music game since the age of nine with Destiny’s Child, says she felt “stifled” most of her career.
“Now I’m in my 30s, and those children that grew up listening to me have grown up, and I always felt like it was my responsibility to be aware of kids and their parents and all these generations, and I felt like it stifled me. I felt like, in a sense, I could not express everything,” Beyoncé states in Part 5 of her “Self-Titled” documentary.
She adds: “I’ve done so many things in my life that, at this point, I feel like I’ve earned the right to be me and to express any and every side of myself.
A song that really depicted another side of Beyoncé was “Rockets,” which she co-wrote with Justin Timberlake and Miguel.
“I don’t think I would have done it back then, I don’t think I would have been confident enough,” She says about the Timbaland-produced record. “I would have been too afraid of what other people thought, but I kinda dropped that fourth wall and I did it.”
Check out more on what Beyoncé had to say below: