Beyoncé’s Life Is But A Dream: Shutting Up The Haters By Showing Off Her Baby Bump

Beyoncé, presented by Beyoncé on behalf of Beyoncé, starred in an intimate and slightly confusing 90-minute PSA that should tickle all those who believe in the lord and savior Queen B. With such an eventful Year of B thus far, would Life Is But A Dream answer all the nagging questions that keep us up at night, or simply reinforce the feeling that Beyoncé is a great and powerful alien we can never even dream of becoming?

There was plenty of performance videos to reinforce the latter, largely taken from her “Back to Business” shows in Atlantic City last May, as well as throwback footage of pre-Destiny’s Child Bey and Kelly Rowland and Blue Ivy’s first opportunity to mug for the camera. (Am I the only one who see a resemblance to Jay-Z, as well as Drake? I mean this in the best way possible.) After so much pre-show hype, I wanted to take a meticulous approach to watching Bey truly “reveal herself.” So what proved to be the most interesting, statistically speaking?

Number of times Beyoncé shoots herself straight from her MacBook Pro (a.k.a the bug-eyed lens):16
Number of times Beyoncé curses: 4. (How fitting!)

For BeyHive members, Life Is But A Dream was further proof that the 31-year-old is a strong and fiercely independent woman, whose commitment to perfection and professionalism flirts with destruction. Whether intentional or not, there’s a recognizable duality in her personal and professional selves: she openly expressed her fears about her pregnancy but later explains that having a child has changed her entire perspective on life; her decision to fire her father Matthew Knowles as her manager was a “business decision” to salvage their relationship, and yet, with the exception of a fleeting shot of Knowles holding his granddaughter, he is only mentioned when discussing her career. Her mother Tina, on the other hand, is a woman to be adored, and clearly Beyoncé’s biggest influence. Airing family laundry might be part of what Bey struggles with revealing to her fans, but there were many other breakout moments that made this worth staying in on a Saturday night.


Personal Music Choices

From singing and dancing to “Lovefool” by the Cardigans with Solange and Kelly, to collaborating with hubby Jay-Z on a vacation duet, Beyoncé does listen to contemporary artists outside of her immediate family. Watching Bey and Jay serenade each other with Coldplay’s “Yellow” will be hard to beat in the inevitable Cutest Moment of 2013 race, as they share sweet touches and ad-lib (“JayJay I love you so”) whenever appropriate. Looks like your place in the inner circle is still safe, Chris and Gwen.

They also listen to Feist and Sade (young Juelz has good taste!) while soaking up the rays in their own private “utopia.”

Real talk about real babies

Or “real” depending if you’re still on Team Bey Birther. Rumors surrounding surrogates and fake baby bumps were discussed, as well the miscarriage. “It’s hard to go through public experiences when you’re in the public eye because it’s hard to have closure,” she explained, describing her baby’s heartbeat as “the most beautiful music I’ve ever heard in my life.” Personal trauma sent her straight into the studio, and with lyrics like “I guess love wasn’t enough for us to survive/I swear I swear I swear I tried/You took the life right out of me,” you really can’t blame me for tearing up.

Belly chains

Forget talking about how brave Beyoncé is to talk about her miscarriage or be seen without makeup. The woman brought back a forgotten ’90s fashion statement while she was with child. Claire’s will never be able to repay her.

4 cuts that deserve another listen

Specifically “I Care” in the studio, and “End of Time” live at Revel Resort. Learn to love them if you haven’t already.

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