GQ has released the interview that accompanies Beyoncé’s racy cover for the February issue of the men’s magazine.
In the interview where GQ calls the superstar “Miss Millennium” and describes her as “the hottest woman of the past thirteen years,” Beyoncé opens up about her usually extremely secretive life.
Gearing up for what is looking to be a hectic 2013, Beyoncé has planned in just the first two months of the year, performing at the Presidential Inauguration, a reunion album with Destiny’s Child, performing at the Super Bowl and the release of an HBO documentary about her life.
Beyoncé told GQ that she finally feels as if she’s met her lifelong goal.
“I worked so hard during my childhood to meet this goal: By the time I was 30 years old, I could do what I want. I’ve reached that. I feel very fortunate to be in that position. But I’ve sacrificed a lot of things, and I’ve worked harder than probably anyone I know, at least in the music industry. So I just have to remind myself that I deserve it,” she said.
Many are especially anticipating her Super Bowl performance that was announced in October as a collaboration between the singer and the game’s sponsor, Pepsi.
Fans are expecting to hear new music from Beyoncé before the Super Bowl. One such tack could possibly be “Nuclear,” a song on the upcoming Destiny’s Child album “Love Songs” that Beyoncé announced on her website Thursday. The album will be released on Jan. 29 and is the first record from the girl group in eight years.
Beyoncé considers the Super Bowl as something very similar to her illustrious career.
“One of the reasons I connect to the Super Bowl is that I approach my shows like an athlete. You know how they sit down and watch whoever they’re going to play and study themselves? That’s how I treat this. I watch my performances, and I wish I could just enjoy them, but I see the light that was late. I see, ‘Oh God that hair did not work.’ Or ‘I should never do that again.’ I try to perfect myself. I want to grow, and I’m always eager for new information,” Beyoncé told GQ.
There is also hope of a new solo album by Beyoncé to release in 2013. Producer the Dream told Billboard in December that Beyoncé will likely release several songs before the half-time show Feb. 3.
Beyoncé has now confirmed the producer as one of many talents with whom she has been working. Justin Timberlake also announced Thursday that he will be releasing new music in just a few days; the singer was spotted in the recording studio with Beyoncé and husband Jay-Z in early December.
“I’ve been working with Pharrell and Timbaland and Justin Timberlake and Dream. We all started in the ’90s, when R&B was the most important genre and we all kind of want that back: the feeling that music gave us,” Beyoncé said.
There is currently no other information about Beyoncé’s upcoming solo album except the tidbit that she shared with GQ.
“Mostly R&B. I always have my Prince and rock/soul influences. There’s a bit of D’Angelo, some ’60s doo-wop. And Aretha and Diana Ross,” she said.
In addition to her tittle of “woman of the millennium,” given by GQ, fans had dubbed 2013 the “the year of Beyoncé” before it has even begun, with many exclaiming via social media upon the announcement of her Super Bowl performance and HBO special, “the Queen is back.”
Ever humble, Beyoncé told GQ that she still struggles to come to terms with her influence.
“I now know that, yes, I am powerful. I’m more powerful than my mind can even digest and understand,” she said.
Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.