It’s not very often that Beyoncé gives an interview about her private life with husband Jay-Z and their three children: Blue Ivy, Rumi, and Sir Carter. But that’s exactly what she did with British Vogue‘s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful for the magazine’s December cover.
In case you’re wondering, yes, even Beyoncé has had to adjust during the weird year that is 2020. “[I’ve] absolutely changed. It would be difficult to experience life in a pandemic and the current social unrest and not be changed,” she said when Enninful asked if this year has changed her. “I have learnt that my voice is clearer when I am still. I truly cherish this time with my family and my new goal is to slow down and shed stressful things from my life…I’ve spent a lot of time focusing on building my legacy and representing my culture the best way I know how. Now, I’ve decided to give myself permission to focus on my joy.”
She also revealed how Blue Ivy has reacted to everything that’s happened. “Blue is very smart, and she is aware that there is a shift, but it is my job as a parent to do my best to keep her world as positive and safe as can be for an eight-year-old,” Beyoncé said. “My best advice is to love them harder than ever. I let my children know that they are never too young to contribute to changing the world. I never underestimate their thoughts and feelings, and I check in with them to understand how this is affecting them. Blue saw some of the reactions to the ‘Brown Skin Girl’ video, as well as some of the videos from the philanthropic work I’ve done this year. When I tell her I’m proud of her, she tells me that she’s proud of me and that I’m doing a good job. It’s teeeeeew much sweetness. She melts my heart. I believe the best way to teach them is to be the example.”
The Carter family came up with some new ways to entertain themselves during the quarantine and, frankly, we would love to play dress up in those closets. Can you imagine? “During quarantine, fashion was a place of escape for me. My kids and I came up with Fashion Fridays. Every Friday, we would dress up in my clothes or make clothes together and take each other’s pictures,” Beyoncé said. “It became a ritual for us and an opportunity to handle this crazy year together. The newest Ivy Park collection was inspired by this new tradition. It consciously uses bright, bold colors to remind us to smile. I used a lot of neon yellow and coral mixed with baby blue and earth tones that felt soothing. They brought me joy and made me smile in the midst of a tough time for all of us.”
But she’s also looking forward to some tried and true family traditions as the holidays approach.
“My twins are three and now they are old enough to understand Christmas. I love Christmas. We decorate cookies and ornaments,” she said. “We also collect ornaments with everyone’s favorite things. We decorate while jamming to Christmas music. Blue leaves milk and cookies for Santa, and always leaves the most beautiful letters for him. We get up early and open presents and then we have a big lunch with all of our family. I love the joy and wonderment of children on Christmas. It makes me feel like a kid.”
Read Beyoncé’s full interview with British Vogue here.
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