The promotion for Beyoncé’s fifth studio album continues. Over the weekend, the singer screened the visual album at New York’s School of Visual Arts. Wearing a form-fitting short sequins Tom Ford dress and boots, the singer spoke to a packed house, telling the audience just how nervous she was about releasing the surprise album. Beyoncé shared:
I just got off the stage, I had a glass of wine and my cousin Angie was like, ‘Are you alright?’ because I was talking to myself and I was terrified. I was so scared. I had already gone through all the horrible ways it could go in my mind… I saw it live on iTunes and I waited for the first comment. Then I woke up the next morning and… [breaks into dance].
We went through everything to keep it sacred and a surprise. Because there’s joy in that and it’s missing, and that’s something I was able to experience as a kid.
She also shared how motherhood and her privacy helped influence how free she felt creating the album, explaining:
I have always been very generous, I have been generous on stage and take my pain and joy into my performance. But I’m private… I think it just took me not being anyone’s child. Once I had a child, I broke down that fourth wall. I feel liberated, and I feel like I can give my heart to people.
Check out a quick clip of Beyoncé’s speech:
[Huffington Post, Associated Press]