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Beyoncé’s real life beyond the camera

By Patrick Avognon Jr. 

Opinion Editor 

Photo by Singer, dancer and actress Beyoncé performs on stage during one of her many live concerts as hundreds of fans reach up to her and take photos.

Fresh off of her electrifying Super Bowl performance, 17-time Grammy Award winner and pop sensation Beyoncé continues to rake in high ratings among both critics and fans with her new self-directed documentary “Life is But a Dream.” The documentary aired on HBO.

For years, Beyonce has been commended for remaining one of the few celebrities able to keep their professions separate from their private lives. In this new documentary, viewers get a first-hand look at what it takes to be the reigning queen of pop music. She opens up about the decision to fire her father as her manager, leaving the renowned “Destiny’s Child,” meeting her husband and even her miscarriage.

While many are calling this documentary another publicity stunt in order to gain more momentum before her world tour opens, others think that the documentary serves as a sincere and honest appeal to respect her privacy.

Almost every star that graces our television screens or plays out of our headphones has been the focus of negative publicity at one point or another.

Yet, Beyoncé belongs to a small, rare group of celebrities that has been able to build this seemingly solid illusion of perfection so that people can only identify her by her art and not her action. Even with that goal in mind, tabloids have still tried to put a negative spin on almost any decision Beyoncé makes publicly.

In 2012, shortly after revealing her pregnancy at the MTV Video Music Awards, countless publications accused the self-proclaimed diva of faking her pregnancy to boost her album sales. She addressed this scandal in her documentary with footage of her showing her very pregnant stomach and more of her during the moments before going into labor.

Years before that when she and husband Sean “Jay-Z” Carter went public with their relationship, rumors began to circulate pertaining to the validity of their alliance. Again, Beyoncé addressed this in her documentary by showing footage of her telling close friends about their engagement during an emotional pause during an exciting yacht party.

As the documentary came to a close, Beyoncé talked about how having a child was an event that needed to happen.

“There’s no drum-roll or trumpet that goes off when you make the biggest decisions of your life. Sometimes you don’t know you made them,” Beyoncé said.

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