This best-selling female singer has been in the limelight for well over a decade, taking us on a phenomenal musical journey and keeping us entertained with arena tours and surprise album drops.
Although Beyonce has been in the spotlight since a teen, she’s managed to stay out of big tabloid dramas and has kept her personal life quite quiet.
If you’re a super-fan like me, you’re probably itching to know every single little detail about this superstar. So what has Queen Bey been keeping on the low?
Scroll down to find out some fun and interesting Beyonce facts that you probably had no idea about…
1. Beyonce Won her First Talent Show Aged 7
Beyoncé was a star from a young age. At just seven-years-old, she won a talent pageant, beating kids twice her age and receiving a standing ovation. So, what did this young celeb do to win? Well, not much. She simply sang John Lennon’s Imagine and showed off her killer vocals.
2. She Used to Sweep Floors
Beyonce’s ‘first job’ was sweeping hairs off the floors at her mother’s hair salon, which was called ‘Headliners’. The superstar also sang there and was given tips to pay for her season pass to Six Flags – an amusement park. We’ve all gotta start somewhere, right?
3. Destiny’s Child Started Off on ‘Star Search’
Wondering what Beyonce did to become famous and what set her on the path to success? In 1993, the diva-in-the-making entered one of the biggest talent shows on TV as a member of the band ‘Girls Tyme’.
The group managed to come second, a moment which was depicted in her video for Flawless. Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and LaTavia Roberson would later famously become known as Destiny’s Child – one of the biggest selling girl bands in history.
4. Beyoncé’s Dad Stole from Her
Beyoncé’s father, Mathew, who earned a salary of six-figures, quit his sales job to manage Destiny’s Child full time in the 90s. He managed to nab them a deal with Columbia Records in 1997, which set off their stardom.
Later, when Beyoncé decided to go solo, she discovered that her father was stealing from her ‘I Am…’ tour. Following that, Bey decided to become her own boss and make her own decisions, parting ways with her dad. The father and daughter later rebuilt their relationship, although we’re sure Bey doesn’t forget his betrayal.
5. She’s Suffered From Depression
Here’s a fact about Beyonce’s life that’s hardly talked about! During the Destiny’s Child era, Queen Bey would lock herself in her room for days without leaving. She hit an all-time low when Luckett and Roberson left the band and sued her father.
Beyonce was publicly blamed for their departure and received her first blow of scrutiny. In an interview with Parade magazine (via CBS News), Bey revealed that she went through a lonely period: “I didn’t eat, I stayed in my room. I was in a really bad place in life, going through that lonely period: ‘Who am I? Who are my friends?’ My life changed.”
It’s refreshing to know that even the diva that ‘has it all’, is still human and deals with the same issues that us ‘normal folk’ face.
6. Why ‘4’ is Beyoncé’s Favorite Number
If you’re a die-hard fan, this fun trivia will come as no surprise. Queen B’s fourth studio album was titled 4. But has anyone ever told you why?
The bootylicious singer was born on September 4th, her mother was born on January 4th, Jay-Z was born on December 4th, and the pair got married on the 4th of April in 2008.
Even Beyonce’s daughter, Blue Ivy’s name is a play on the Roman numeral 4. In addition, her and Jay-Z even have a tattoo of this on their left-hand ring fingers.
7. She Started Dating Jay-Z As a Teen
Beyonce’s dating life is kept private, but one thing we do know is that her and Jay-Z are truly for life. The Hova rapper was Beyonce’s teenage sweetheart and they’re still going strong over 15 years later.
Dating rumors swirled in 2002 when Jay released his hit, 03 Bonnie & Clyde, alongside Bey, but they never made their relationship official until 2004 when they appeared in matching outfits at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Bey and Jay married in 2008, had their first child, Blue Ivy in 2012 and their twins, Rumi and Sir in 2017.
8. She Only Had One Boyfriend Before Jay
In an interview with The Telegraph, Beyoncé opened up about her previous relationships and revealed that she only ever had one other boyfriend before she met her hubby. She met her puppy love when she was 12-years-old and stayed with him up until the age of 17.
The woman that can have any man drop at her feet said, “I was too young for it to really be a boyfriend – we didn’t live together, we didn’t, you know… That was my only experience with a guy, and since then I’ve only had one other boyfriend in my life”… Cute!
9. She’s Allergic to Perfume
Surprisingly, the beauty bombshell is in fact, allergic to most perfumes. Despite having released her own line of perfumes since 2008, including the ever-popular ‘Heat’, Beyonce has a reaction to most other perfumes, and must have them chemically altered before she can spritz them on. It’s a good job she delved into her own line, then!
10. Beyonce Has 28 Grammy Awards
Queen Bey is the most-nominated female artist in the history of the Grammys, with 79 nominations as of this writing. In 2010, she became the first artist to win six awards in just one night (no wonder Kanye kicked up a fuss when Taylor Swift won over Beyoncé at the 2009 MTV Awards, right?), and in total has won a whopping 28 gongs.
Bey is the proud and worthy owner of Grammy Awards for Best Music Video (Formation), Best R&B Song (Drunk in Love), Song of the Year (Single Ladies) and several more.
11. She Wrote ‘Crazy In Love’ In 2 Hours – With A Hangover!
Is there anything this goddess can’t do? Beyonce really is unstoppable. In 2002, she met record producer Rich Harrison, who had the track Crazy in Love. At first, she deemed it “too retro” and so she spent two hours writing lyrics and completing the killer song. And yes, she was hungover whilst doing so. A queen’s gotta do what a queen’s gotta do…
12. She Can Run and Sing at The Same Time
Beyonce’s workouts are extreme, so this fact comes as no surprise. Whilst most of us are exhausted after running for 30 seconds, Beyoncé can do this and hit those high notes, effortlessly.
She has her dad to thank for this super-talent, as he made Destiny’s Child run and sing at the same time in the early stages of their careers. He did this so Bey could learn to perform on stage without getting exhausted. So, now we know why Bey can sing and dance so flawlessly!
13. She’s a Hollywood Star, Too
Alongside music, the triple-threat launched an acting career and has starred in several movies, appearing alongside Mike Myers in Austin Powers in Goldmember, Steve Martin in Pink Panther, and Jennifer Hudson and Jamie Foxx in Dreamgirls.
She’s also been the star of Obsessed and the voice over for Queen Tara in the Disney movie Epic and Nala in the 2019 Lion King remake. The star hasn’t had much time for acting as of late, but she did say, “I don’t think it is possible, [but] I would love to have an Oscar. That is the most ambitious thing — I have time for that.”
14. Beyoncé added a Word to the Dictionary
Only Queen B can manage to add a word like “bootylicious” to the dictionary. The official meaning is “a woman (sexually attractive)”.
15. She Suffered a Miscarriage
Indeed, Bey went through a difficult time in 2009, when she miscarried her first baby in the very early stages of pregnancy.
“I heard the heartbeat, which was the most beautiful music I ever heard in my life…I picked out names, I envisioned what my child would look like.. I was feeling very maternal…I flew back to New York to get my check up – and no heartbeat,’ she revealed in her HBO documentary, Life Is But a Dream.
Just a few years later, though, Beyonce successfully fell pregnant with her now 10-year-old, Blue Ivy.
16. Her Pregnancy Holds a Guinness World Record
We all remember it like it was yesterday – that magical moment when Beyoncé revealed her second pregnancy on Instagram with a gorgeous photo. The Insta-snap racked up 6,335,571 likes in less than eight hours, beating Selena Gomez for the ‘Most liked image on Instagram’ Guinness World Record.
That’s not all. Beyonce’s first pregnancy reveal at the 2011 MTV Awards also sent Twitter into overdrive, with “the most tweets per second recorded for a single event on Twitter”, receiving 8868 tweets per second.
17. Her Bodyguard Once Broke her Toe
Crazy, but true! In an advantageous event, Bey’s bodyguard was trying to protect her, but stood on her foot and broke her toe. It shows that the Queen of Pop can take it all without complaining.
18. Beyonce’s Favorite Indulgence is Pizza
Wondering what Beyonce eats in a day? Okay, we can’t say it’s all pizza, but the superstar does like to tuck into a greasy slice on her off-days. To show her love for the cheesy piece of goodness, she was seen wearing a whole pizza-themed outfit in December 2013.
19. She’s the Best ‘Connect Four’ Player
This fact about Beyonce is pretty ironic, as the game is centered around her favorite number 4. Believe it or not, the fearless woman once beat Kanye West nine times in a row (we bet Kanye took that well (not!)!).
He wrote on his blog at the time, “Every now and then people would speak of this legendary connect 4 champion……….. BEYONCE!!! I had 2 play her!…so last night at Jay’s new 40/40 club in Las Vegas (which is sidebar, crazy big w/ 24krt gold flooring, Black Jack tables, $500 slot machines, the biggest projection screen in the universe and the best turkey burgers I’ve ever had in my life) she beat me 9 times in a row! (and I didn’t even spaz lol).”
20. She’s also a Goddess of Charity Work
Beyoncé has a heart of gold and loves to give back to those in need. She’s been recognized for giving over $7 million to the homeless of Houston and set up the #BEYGOOD initiative to fight hunger.
She once said: “I was 13 and my sister Solange was 8 when we started donating and serving meals to the homeless after church. There were people from all walks of life, even children, who needed a meal. We learned that we are all three paychecks away from poverty. It was a lesson in humility for all of us.”
21. Beyonce Hated Her H&M Campaign
In 2013, Beyoncé posed for a campaign with H&M, but criticized the brand when they published airbrushed photos of her. Apparently “outraged”, Bey demanded that she only wanted natural images used, instead of retouched ones that altered her famous curves.
A source told The Sun, “When Beyonce found out they had edited the way her body really looked, she hit the roof, she’s a true diva and was furious that she had been given such a snubbing. Her people refused to give the pictures the green light so H&M were forced to use the originals.”
Why would anyone want to photoshop this bootylicious star?!
22. Jay-Z Admitted to Cheating on Her
Power couple they may be, but life isn’t perfect for Bey and Jay. When the release of her visual album, Lemonade showed an angry and hurt Beyoncé with clear signs of hurt and infidelity, it was obvious that her rapper husband had cheated on her.
The music mogul, Jay, finally spelled it out in an interview with the New York Times‘ T magazine saying, “So even with women, you gonna shut down emotionally, so you can’t connect… In my case, like, it’s deep. And then all the things happen from there: infidelity.”
The celebrity couple used their music as therapy to overcome the heartache and are now stronger than ever with two more additions to their family.
23. She Made the Louvre Even More Famous
After renting out the Louvre for her Apesh*t music video, the Louvre saw an influx of over 10 million tourists in 2018, compared to its previous record of 9.7 million.
24. Beyonce was Named the World’s Most Beautiful Woman
In 2012, People magazine named Queen B ‘the most beautiful woman in the world’. Her natural looks and curvy figure has inspired thousands of girls and women to embrace who they are and love what they were given, so there’s no surprise here.
25. She’s Broken Records as a Female Solo Artist
Beyoncé is the second female solo artist to have a No.1 hit across four different decades. She’s had back-to-back hit singles for years, dominating the charts through the 90’s up until the 2020’s.
As of late, her feature on Megan Thee Stallion’s Savage remix, landed her yet another No.1 spot on the Billboard 100 list. She’s the second artist to land this record, falling behind Mariah Carey who owns the crown.
26. Beyoncé Watches Back All of Her Performances
In true Virgo style, Beyoncé watches back all the videos of her performances on tour and analyzes them. We all saw how involved she was during her Homecoming documentary – she pays close attention to every single detail in her performance, even down to lighting or graphics on the backdrop behind her.
27. She’s Actually Named After Her Mother
During Beyoncé’s documentary Life is But a Dream, her uncle revealed that Bey’s mom, Tina Knowles-Larson named her daughter after her maiden name – ‘Celestine Beyincé’. She felt like there weren’t enough boys in the family to carry on the family name, so decided to give it to her daughter. #Sweet
28. She Created ‘Sasha Fierce’ to Overcome Stage Fright
Beyoncé’s alter ego is famously known as ‘Sasha Fierce’, but according to the star, she developed her alter ego to overcome stage fright. When she was young, more specifically, during her first ever performance, Beyonce revealed that she was “terrified, and didn’t wanna do it.”
She soon learned to use her alter ego for confidence, “When I perform, this confidence and this sexiness and this whatever it is that I’m completely not just happens. And you feel it, and you just start wildin’ and doin’ stuff that don’t even make sense, like the spirit takes over.”
That said, it seems Queen Bey outgrew her alter ego, as she revealed in a 2010 interview with Allure that “Sasha Fierce is done. I killed her”. It seems the Queen has the confidence to stand on her own two feet now.
29. Beyonce Owned a Pet Snake
As a youngster, Beyoncé and her cousin shared a Python snake called ‘Fendi’. They even used to sleep with it until her fearful father found a better suited home for the reptile.
30. She Was the First Black Woman to Headline Coachella
After the birth of her twins, Beyoncé gave an unforgettable performance (which now features on Netflix) as the 2018 headline act for Coachella. The performance, however, involved eight months of intense training and choreography practices. No wonder it was so darn perfect!
31. She Didn’t Eat Carbs for Eight Months
While preparing for her Coachella performance, Beyoncé went on a strict diet of no carbs. All she ate was protein, vegetables and healthy fats. Revealed in her documentary Homecoming, Bey claimed that she was “always hungry”, while biting down into an apple.
32. She Was Asked To Play the Lead in a Star Is Born
Lady Gaga was casted as Ally in the hit movie A Star is Born, but it was Beyonce who was initially wanted for the role. Beyoncé was asked if she’d be interested to play the character, but due to a conflict in schedules, she was unable to accept the position.
33. Beyonce Made Vogue History
In 2018, Beyonce helped make Vogue history. For her cover shoot for the September issue, Beyoncé hand-picked Tyler Mitchell to photograph her, making him the first black photographer to ever land a cover shoot for the U.S. fashion magazine.
34. She Even Has Flies Named After Her
Here’s some random Beyonce trivia you might be surprised to know! In 2012, scientist Bryan Lessard discovered a species of horsefly in northern Queensland, Australia. Because of the fly’s golden hairs on its abdomen, the scientist named it ‘Scaptia beyonceae’.
The golden fly now has a reputation of being the “all-time diva of flies” in the insect world, thanks to its celebrity-inspired name.
35. She Showed off Her Body for a Reason
If someone is going to keep it sexy after childbirth, it’s none other than Queen Bey. There’s a reason why Beyonce was half-naked during most of her Beyonce visual album, and it was to prove a point that new moms can bounce back if they wanted to.
In her Liberation YouTube mini-documentary, she said, “I wanted to show that you can have a child and you can work hard and you can get your body back.”
Some might argue however, that it’s much harder when you have a 9-5 day job without personal chefs, trainers and night nurses.
36. She Broke Glastonbury Records
Like Coachella, Bey also broke new records when she headlined Glastonbury in 2011, breaking the cycle of men dominating the music industry and festival lineups. She was the first female solo artist to headline the festival in over 20 years.
37. Beyoncé Is Worth Over $450 Million
According to Forbes Magazine, the chart-topping superstar is worth over $450 million. Her husband Jay-Z, more than doubles that income with a net worth of over $1.3 billion, making the power couple’s total worth over $1.4 billion!
38. She Donated Her ‘Cadillac Records’ Salary to an Addiction Center
Beyoncé donated her entire salary from the film Cadillac Records to Phoenix House, a rehab facility in Brooklyn. To prepare for her role as Etta Bond, Bey spent time at this organization and felt inspired to donate to its charity.
“Through their stories, I realized that all of us have our personal struggles and we all have something to overcome … Addiction is a disease and these beautiful women I met did not choose to become addicts, but they have chosen to get better,” Beyonce said.
39. Beyonce Actually Owns Beehives
Here’s a fun fact about Bey! In her 2020 Vogue interview, Beyoncé revealed that she has two beehives at her home. The singer has over 80,000 bees and produces hundreds of jars of honey. She said, “I started the beehives because my daughters, Blue and Rumi, both have terrible allergies, and honey has countless healing properties.”
40. Her Favorite Makeup Is Mascara
While Queen Bey might be allergic to perfume, another beauty product is her ride or die – mascara! She says that it’s ‘all in the eyes’ and loves the effect that this makeup item offers. Don’t we all, Bey?!
These Beyonce facts are bound to make you love the power artist even more. What do you admire about Queen B’s life story? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below…
This article was originally published in March 2018.
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