It’s always a big deal when Beyonce talks about her family.
And it’s an even bigger deal when Beyonce reveals photos of her family.
So you can imagine the excitement that swept the Internet and the nation at large after Netflix released Homecoming today, the documentary that took viewers behind the scenes of Beyonce’s legendary Coachella performance in 2018.
While talking about the rehearsing and general lifestyle changes she needed to make in order to take the stage at that festival last spring, Beyonce also opened way up about her second pregnancy for the first time.
She spoke in stark and very personal detail about growing Sir and Rumi in her womb.
“My body went through more than I knew it could,” the beloved artist said, noting she grew to 218 pounds toward the end of her pregnancy and that she developed high blood pressure and toxemia along the way.
(Toxemia, also known as preeclampsia, is a pregnancy condition that causes high blood pressure and can lead to serious complications.)
When it came time to deliver, one of the baby’s heartbeat paused several times, Beyonce says in the film, spurring her to have an emergency C-section.
And also very real stuff to which numerous women around the world can relate.
In another candid segment of her documentary, Beyonce says she was scheduled to perform at Coachella in 2017.
What happened? Why was she forced to skip this concert at the time?
“I got pregnant unexpectedly,” she says in Homecoming, as footage of her showing off her baby bump plays in the background. “And it ended up being twins which was even more of a surprise.”
We think this is the first time Beyonce has confessed that she wasn’t planning on giving Blue Ivy any siblings — but that, hey, even global superstars make these sorts of “mistakes.”
Following the birth of her twins, Beyonce’s Coachella performance marked her major return to the stage, but it did not come easily.
“There were days that I thought I’d never be the same,” she explains, adding that she cut out carbs, sugar, alcohol, dairy, meat and fish in order to get back into shape.
“My body was not connected. My mind was not there,” she goes on to say of preparing for last year’s Coachella performance. “My mind wanted to be with my children.”
In the documentary, the celebrity notes she would breastfeed in her trailer in between rehearsing and bring the kids when she could.
“What people don’t see is the sacrifice.”
Beyonce also acknowledges that it takes a “village” to make a production such as her Coachella set come off as well as it does.
She knows she’s lucky. She knows she’s rich and famous and as popular as nearly anyone on the planet.
But she also has the same concerns as other parents and set out to perform at Coachella for one key reason:
“I feel we made something that made my daughter proud, made my mother proud, my father proud, all of the people that are my brothers and sisters around the world and that’s why I live.
“I’m so lucky and grateful that I’m able to take all these crazy ideas and actually make it into something that heals people and that may spark vision in people, that shows them to dream big, that shows them that they are limitless.
“It’s possible. If my country ass can do it, they can do it.”