Beyoncé talks about setting boundaries and healing ‘generational trauma’ ahead of her 40th birthday
Beyoncé gave rare insight into the choices she’s made to protect her own mental health and self-care in a new interview ahead of her 40th birthday, a foundation she hopes to build on in the next chapter of her life.
The notoriously private singer and entrepreneur has spent the past few years focusing on herself, her family and healing, she told Harper’s Bazaar.
She said she’s transitioned from focusing on building her legacy, which she prioritized in her 20s, to focusing on working on herself in the last decade.
“My 30s were about starting my family and my life becoming more than my career,” she told the publication. “I worked to heal generational trauma and turned my broken heart into art that would help move culture forward and hopefully live far beyond me. My 30s were about digging deeper.”
In her 40s, Beyoncé said she wants to focus on her own joy and freedom.
“I want this next decade to be about celebration, joy, and giving and receiving love,” Beyoncé, whose birthday is Sept. 4. said. “I want to give all the love I have to the people who love me back.”
A mother of three, Beyoncé explained that she’s excited to teach her own daughters how to care for themselves and indulge in the “rituals” of self-care.
She described herself as an introvert: She said though she didn’t speak much as a child, her shyness allowed her to develop empathy to connect with people.
As the internet has created more and more access to celebrities, Beyoncé said she has set boundaries, adding that it “can be easy to lose yourself very quickly in this industry.”
At some point in her life, she explained, she made the choice to draw a dividing line between her work and personal life.
“I’ve fought to protect my sanity and my privacy because the quality of my life depended on it,” she said. “A lot of who I am is reserved for the people I love and trust. Those who don’t know me and have never met me might interpret that as being closed off.”