Beyonce's post-album marketing blitz continued over the weekend, with the megastar appearing at New York's School of Visual Arts Saturday to open up about the album, its surprise release and her own insecurities, according to AP. Before we watch all of Bey's new videos on Fuse on Monday, here's what we learned from the singer's talk:
On parlaying her self-doubt into empowerment
"I took all of my insecurities, all of my doubts, all of my fears and everything I've learned over the 17 years and I applied it into this project. But more than the music, I'm proud of myself as a woman. The biggest message is owning your imperfections and all the things that make you interesting, because I refuse to allow someone to put me in anyone's box."
On how motherhood allowed her freedom
"I'm very private and I'm very respectful, and I think it just took me no longer being someone's child — once I became a mother, I felt like I could tear those fourth walls and I just felt like it was time. I completely feel liberated."
On her fears of releasing an album with no promotion
"I was terrified. I was so scared. I already envisioned like the worst things that could happen," Beyonce said Saturday at a screening for her new music videos. "I was really nervous because this was a huge risk."
On starting her own production company
"I felt like I wanted follow in the footsteps of Madonna and be a powerhouse and have my own empire. And to show other women when you get to this point in your career, you don't have to go sign with someone else and share your money and your success, you can do it yourself."
On growing after boredom in the industry
"Honestly I was at a point where I felt like, you know, everything feels the same ... that's how I felt and if I could not challenge that, then maybe it's time for me to do something else or develop more artists, which is something I want to do," she said. "I just hope that I continue to move forward and challenge myself, and I think now that I've become a mother, I just want my legacy to inspire people."