She's one of the most private stars but the usually guarded Beyonce is opening up like never before.
Gracing the cover of the September issue of Vogue, Beyonce has spoken candidly about the birth of her twins, Rumi and Sir in 2017, confirming they were born via an emergency C section.
The 36-year-old revealed she was on bed rest for a whole month before the arrival of her son and daughter and she was almost 100-kilos and "swollen from toxemia", also known as preeclampsia.
"My health and my babies' health were in danger, so I had an emergency C-section. We spent many weeks in the NICU," Beyonce explained to the publication.
"My husband was a soldier and such a strong support system for me. I am proud to have been a witness to his strength and evolution as a man, a best friend, and a father. I was in survival mode and did not grasp it all until months later," she continued
The mother-of-three, who also shares a six-year-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter with husband Jay Z, admits that after her caesarean she has a "connection to any parent who has been through such an experience."
The operation also changed the superstar's body and how she approached her overall health and well-being.
"After the C-section, my core felt different. It had been major surgery. Some of your organs are shifted temporarily, and in rare cases, removed temporarily during delivery. I am not sure everyone understands that," she said.
"I needed time to heal, to recover. During my recovery, I gave myself self-love and self-care, and I embraced being curvier. I accepted what my body wanted to be. After six months, I started preparing for Coachella. I became vegan temporarily, gave up coffee, alcohol, and all fruit drinks. But I was patient with myself and enjoyed my fuller curves. My kids and husband did, too."
Embracing the power of her body after welcoming twins, the singer says she loves her new figure.
"To this day my arms, shoulders, breasts, and thighs are fuller. I have a little mummy pouch, and I'm in no rush to get rid of it. I think it's real. Whenever I'm ready to get a six-pack, I will go into beast zone and work my ass off until I have it. But right now, my little FUPA (fat upper pubic area) and I feel like we are meant to be," she mused.
In the same candid chat, the Halo hitmaker opened up her hopes and dreams for her young family.
"As the mother of two girls, it's important to me that they see themselves too—in books, films, and on runways. They don't have to be a certain type or fit into a specific category. They don't have to be politically correct, as long as they're authentic, respectful, compassionate, and empathetic. They can explore any religion, fall in love with any race, and love who they want to love," she said.
"I want the same things for my son. I want him to know that he can be strong and brave but that he can also be sensitive and kind. I want my son to have a high emotional IQ where he is free to be caring, truthful, and honest. It's everything a woman wants in a man, and yet we don't teach it to our boys."