Beyoncé Talks About Why Activism Is So Important To Her: "Motherhood Has Been My Biggest Inspiration"
In a new interview, Beyoncé talked about how she manages to provide emotional support to her children during these challenging times. The singer also revealed how becoming a mom has influenced her activism, and she feels it's important for her kids to see themselves represented in media. Find out what she said!
Beyoncé has shared that since she became a mother, she's felt more empowered to make a difference in the world! As People shares, in a new interview, the singer talked about her mindful parenting approach and why advocating for representation is so important to her.
Beyoncé opens up about her approach to parenting
Beyoncé told British Vogue that while her 8-and-a-half year old daughter Blue Ivy is "very smart," and has an understanding that things have changed in the world, she wants to do her best to protect her. "She is aware that there is a shift, but it is my job as a parent to do my best to keep her world as positive and safe as can be for an 8-year-old," Beyoncé shared.
She suggests an emotionally mindful approach for those parenting their kids while navigating this difficult terrain. "Love them harder than ever. I let my children know that they are never too young to contribute to changing the world," Beyoncé explained. "I never underestimate their thoughts and feelings, and I check in with them to understand how this is affecting them."
Beyoncé talks importance of Black representation for kids
Beyoncé talked about how she feels seeing Blue Ivy getting involved in her projects, such as her music video for "Brown Skin Girl". "When I tell her I'm proud of her, she tells me that she's proud of me and that I'm doing a good job," the superstar said of her daughter. "It's teeeeeew much sweetness. She melts my heart. I believe the best way to teach them is to be the example."
The singer revealed she felt that "something cracked open inside" her when Blue Ivy was born. "From that point on, I truly understood my power, and motherhood has been my biggest inspiration," she explained. "It became my mission to make sure she lived in a world where she feels truly seen and valued. I was also deeply inspired by my trip to South Africa with my family."
"And after having my son, [now-3-year-old] Sir Carter, I felt it was important to uplift and praise our boys and to assure that they grow up with enough films, children's books and music that promote emotional intelligence, self-value and our rich history," Beyoncé continued. "That's why the film [Black Is King] is dedicated to him."
Beyoncé has been a vocal supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, which gained prominence this year following the death of George Floyd. During the 2020 Super Bowl, she and husband Jay-Z stayed seated during the national anthem to protest police brutality. And back in July, Beyoncé demanded justice for Breonna Taylor. By using her platform to advocate for important causes, she's certainly being a positive example for her kids!