Although she's often secretive about her personal life, Beyoncé is opening up about her journey to motherhood, the pain of suffering a miscarriage, and severing ties with her father, Matthew Knowles, in a new tell-all interview with Oprah.
Explaining her decision to produce and direct a documentary of her life, "I felt that after 16 years of being a public singer, people didn't know who I was. I will always keep certain things to myself because it's only natural," Beyoncé told Oprah.
"I really grew so much. This movie has really been my therapy. I've healed from so many wounds and I've been able to understand why some of the things I've been through, why I went through, so I feel really proud, and hopefully I can inspire other people," she continued.
Beyoncé also speaks out for the first time about her strained relationship with her father Matthew Knowles. In 2010 the singer abruptly fired 62-year-old Matthew, who had been her manager for over two decades. Critics speculated whether the termination was a response to news that he had cheated on the singer's mother Tina, 59.
"I think one of the biggest reasons I decided it was time for me to manage myself because at some point you need your support system and you need your family," Beyonce explained.
"When you're trying to have an everyday conversation with your family you have to talk about scheduling and you have to talk about your album and performing and touring. It's just too stressful and it really affects your relationship....I wanted my dad," she continued.
Matthew, who was married to Tina for 29 years, fathered a lovechild with Aleksandra Wright, a woman who is said to be in the same age bracket as Beyonce. Subsequently they got divorced and Beyoncé was reportedly heartbroken.
"It was hard. I had to sacrifice my relationship with my dad. It was stressful, sad, difficult time, but I had to let go," Beyoncé said, adding that "[while] I didn't get my dad back, but I had to let go."