Well-Being Mental Health

Beyoncé opens up about mental health and ‘generational trauma’

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  • In light of her 40th birthday, spoke with Harper’s Bazaar to describe what each decade of her life overall meant for her.

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  • “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,” Beyoncé.
  • “I’ve fought to protect my sanity and my privacy because the quality of my life depended on it,” she said.

In a new interview, Beyoncé discusses the choices she made to protect her own mental health and quality of life. 

The 24-time Grammy-winning singer, in light of her 40th birthday, spoke with Harper’s Bazaar, describing what each decade of her life overall meant for her.


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In her 20s, between 2001 and 2010, she prioritized her own career and her work to become a legend within the entertainment industry.

In her 30s, between 2011 and present year, she told the magazine, “My 30s were about starting my family and my life becoming more than my career.” 

“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,” she added.

In her 40s, which dawns on Sept. 4., “I want this next decade to be about celebration, joy, and giving and receiving love,” Beyoncé said. “I want to give all the love I have to the people who love me back.”

As a mother of three, the singer says she is finding pride in teaching her children about self care and sharing “rituals” of healing from past generations with her own spin. 

“I discovered CBD on my last tour, and I’ve experienced its benefits for soreness and inflammation,” Beyoncé told the magazine. “I found healing properties in honey that benefit me and my children. And now I’m building a hemp and a honey farm. I’ve even got hives on my roof! And I’m so happy that my daughters will have the example of those rituals from me. One of my most satisfying moments as a mom is when I found Blue one day soaking in the bath with her eyes closed, using blends I created and taking time for herself to decompress and be at peace.”

Once an introvert growing up in Houston, she did not speak much as a child and used her shyness to develop her empathy.

As her popularity grew and the Internet transformed what it meant to be a celebrity, the Queen Bee made the conscious decision to separate 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.”

The singer says she learned and grew from the honest people on her side. Being a child in her mother’s salon taught Beyoncé the power of being in a community to help one grow, “nurture and heal,” she said.

“I want to build a community where women of all races can communicate and share some of those secrets, so we can continue to support and take care of each other,” Beyoncé said. “I want to give women a space to feel their own strength and tell their stories.”


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