Beyonce is a singer and one of the most iconic entertainer of this generation. She had arguably the greatest Super Bowl performance of all time, her MTV performances are near perfection and her music is infectious. Her husband and hip-hop mogul Jay-Z, has often quoted her as “the greatest living entertainer,” and rightfully so.
This R&B, pop phenomenon was born Beyonce Giselle Knowles. She started entering talent competitions at the early age of eight. Hailing from Houston, Texas Beyonce first rose to fame as the lead singer of Destiny’s Child. Destiny’s Child went on to become one of the highest selling female musical groups of all time. Together, Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams and former Destiny Child members have sold over 60 million records worldwide. When Beyonce decided to pursue a solo career, she catapulted to super-stardom. Beyonce's first solo album Dangerously in Love sold 11 million copies worldwide. Four albums later, Beyonce has become an international sensation.
However, Beyonce’s public image is obscure. She has kept her personal life private to say the least. Her photo-shopped pictures on Instagram, celebrity friendships and exclusive interviews often seem staged. Even Beyonce’s pregnancy was speculated to be a sham due to her illusive ways. Her flawless persona leaves fans and critics wanting more of a story to tell about her famed career. Into her third decade of musical excellence, this bad chick remains a mystery.
Here are 15 shocking facts you didn't know about Beyonce.
15 Beyonce Has A Secret 5-Year-Old Sister
Beyonce made headlines in 2011 when she abruptly fired her father, Matthew Knowles, who acted as her manager for over two decades. This was because in 2010 Matthew Knowles, while married to Beyonce’s mother Tina Knowles, fathered a secret love child with Alexandra Wright, a woman 20 years his junior. The love child’s name is Koi Knowles and she is now 5 years old. "Subsequently, Beyonce ended her relationship with him on a business level, although she eventually stopped speaking to him altogether," according to The New York Post. "My soul has been tarnished," she confessed in her Life Is But A Dream documentary.
14 Hates Jay-Z And Rihanna's Close Relationship
13 Jay-Z and Beyonce Reportedly Split For A Year
This October, a high-profile book was published by J.Randy Taraborrelli titled Becoming Beyoncé: The Untold Story. In the explosive, tell-all book, the author claims that Beyonce and Jay-Z split for a year due to his and Rihanna's cozy relationship. It also exposes secrets such as "The Blue Ivy Contract." The contract forces nannies to sign documentation about the do's and do not's.
12 Jay-Z Has More Money
11 Beyonce Only Had One Boyfriend Before Jay-Z
Before marring Jay-Z, Beyonce dated a man named Lyndall Locke. Locke revealed the details about his relationship with Beyonce to a British news outlet. Beyonce and Lyndall were allegedly childhood darlings who first met at a youth church in 1993. Lyndall says that he was Beyonce’s first kiss and that they also went to prom together in 1993.
However, Beyonce’s growing stardom began to cause a rift between the two. "The bigger star she became, the more I didn’t think I was good enough," Lyndall confessed in the sit-down, published in the British tabloid called The Sun. "One night, when she was out of town, I went to a bar with friends and ended up sleeping with another woman. Over the course of a few years I cheated on her about five times, but I never told her until after we broke up."
10 Beyonce Is A Total “Slob”
Beyonce may have won 17 Grammys, but according to childhood friend Kelly Rowland, that doesn’t me she isn’t a total slob. During a segment of "Plead the Fifth" on Andy Cohen's Bravo show Watch What Happens Live, the host probed Kelly to share secrets about her seemingly perfect friend, according to usatoday.com. Cohen specifically asked what Beyonce’s most annoying trait was. In her very next breath, Rowland replied with a laugh, “she would tell you this. She's a slob."
9 Beyonce Suffered From Depression
Depression is a mental disorder which causes people to experience moods of dejection, low energy and self-esteem. When the wildly successful musical group Destiny’s Child lost two of its members to financial and personal disputes, Beyonce fell into a deep depression. Years ago, in a rare moment of confession, Beyonce told Parade magazine that when LaTivia Roberson and LeToya Luckett quit the group and sued her father for mismanagement that she’d gotten hopeless.
8 PETA Despises Beyonce
7 Beyonce Had A Miscarriage
Many of us know what a miscarriage is, but for those of us who don’t, a miscarriage is the loss of a baby before the 20th week of pregnancy. While doing an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce called it one of the “saddest things she’s been through.” When Beyonce first conceived, she and Jay-Z were overjoyed when they found out Queen Bey was pregnant, however something went wrong in the early stages, the "Flawless" singer revealed.
6 Beyonce Cursed Out 50 Cent
You may think Beyonce is a calm person when she's off stage, but it has been well documented that Mrs. Carter is very protective, especially in regards to her family. When talking about her younger sister, Solange Knowles, Beyonce said, “I don’t even know what happens to me. I completely turn into a lunatic… I was taught the importance of being a sister and my sister looking up to me.”
5 Beyonce Didn’t Want To Attend Kimye’s Wedding
Beyonce, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian (in this exact order) were seated front row at the 2012 BET Awards. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian were married on May 24, 2014. Two of Kanye’s reported closest friends, Beyonce and Jay-Z, were not in attendance. Many rumors swirled around the media news cycle on why this might be. One rumor was that Beyonce didn’t want to give Kim Kardashian credibility and launch her already A-list status into super-stardom. Beyonce and Jay-Z are music icons so it is quite possible that they were busy, though neither were rumored to be touring.
4 Michelle Obama Is Obsessed With Beyonce
The First Lady of the United States of America (often posted as LOTUS) is fixated with Beyonce. From her Let’s Move initiative to her most recent #62milliongirls: Let Girls Learn project, Michelle Obama has found a way to include Beyonce in her First Lady plans. Making an appearance at New York’s Global Citizen Festival, Beyonce introduced the First Lady before running into her arms for a hug. “I am honored to follow a woman whom I admire and adore. Someone who believes as passionately as I do in the boundless promise of girls worldwide,” said Mrs. Obama about her girl crush.
3 Beyonce Reportedly Crushes On Guys And Girls?
As mentioned previously in this list, Beyoncé was involved in just one relationship before marrying Jay-Z. It’s not surprising that she has a few crushes. In 2012, she was rumored to have a crush on President Barack Obama. After a fundraising event, The National Enquirer revealed, “even when the president was socializing with other guests, Beyonce always seemed to have her eye on him, watching his every move from afar,” revealed a close source.
2 Beyonce Wants An Oscar Really Bad
Millions of everyday people dream and crave about winning Emmys, Golden Globes, Grammys, Oscars and countless of other prominent awards. Beyonce Knowles is no different. In 2006, Beyonce was nominated for a Golden Globe after giving an above average performance in the musical drama Dreamgirls. However, actress/singer and former American Idol contestant Jennifer Hudson outshined Beyonce and lived Beyonce’s dream of winning an Oscar.
1 Beyonce Dominates The Bedroom
Beyonce is a fierce competitor on the stage, so it may come as no surprise that she dominates in the bedroom. Her seemingly shy and poised demeanor off the stage may question this fact, however the reigning queen of r&b/pop wrote some pretty provocative lyrics on her latest album.
On her hit-record "Partition" she sings, "Driver, roll up the partition, please/ I don't need you seeing 'Yonce on her knees/ Took 45 minutes to get all dressed up/ We ain't even gonna make it to this club/ Now my mascara running, red lipstick smudged/ Oh he so horny, yeah he want to …/ He popped all my buttons, and he ripped my blouse/ He Monica Lewinsky-ed all on my gown…"
Just like several other songs, Beyonce's record was inspired by personal experiences. She has said that she likes to throw on high heels and dominate in the bedroom.
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