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If the last month has been any indication, Beyoncé is on the path to world domination in 2013.
After stealing the spotlight at the inauguration, shimmying her way through the Super Bowl halftime show, announcing the Mrs. Carter world tour, and surprising style watchers by wearing a pantsuit to the Grammys, the 31-year-old star – whose HBO documentary “Life Is but a Dream” airs February 16 – covers the March issue of Vogue and gives readers a glimpse into her home life with husband Jay-Z and their daughter, Blue Ivy.
“She’s my road dog,” Beyoncé says of the 1-year-old tot, who is already developing her own fan base despite the fact that she is rarely seen. “She’s my homey, my best friend.”
And there is no doubt she gave birth to Blue.
Addressing the rumors that she faked her pregnancy while a surrogate carried the baby – as not to disturb her famous figure – Beyoncé tells the magazine, “That was very odd. Who even thinks that? Like, who would make that up? ... You can’t take it too seriously.”
Describing it as “the best day of my life,” Beyoncé details Blue’s birth, which caused a stir at Manhattan’s Lenox Hill Hospital in January 2012.
“My family and my closest people were there when I gave birth,” she says. “Everything that scared me just was not present in that room. So [it enabled] me to really let go and really appreciate every contraction.”
And because of what she describes as her “very strong connection with my child,” giving birth was an especially enlightening experience in which she and Blue worked in unison.
“I felt like when I was having contractions, I envisioned my child pushing through a very heavy door,” she recalls. “And I imagined this tiny infant doing all the work, so I couldn’t think about my own pain ... We were talking. I know it sounds crazy, but I felt a communication.”
And her new family dynamic has radically changed her life.
“I feel like I have something that has grounded me so much more,” she says. “Family has always been important. I’ve always had my mother and my father and my husband. But it’s just …” She pauses, then adds, “Life is so much more than ... It’s not defined by any of this.”
Because of her new outlook, Beyonce says one of her goals is to give Blue a normal childhood.
“It’s very important to me that my daughter is able to experience life and run through the sprinklers and have slumber parties and trust and live and do all the things that any child should be able to do.”
Hammering home her point, she adds, “School visits and lemonade stands and all that stuff. It’s very important for me.”
Also important? Growing her family. Beyoncé, who suffered a miscarriage before having Blue, which she will talk about in her HBO documentary, wants more children.
“When I was younger, there were moments where I said, ‘I’m not going to have children,’” says the star. “And then moments when I wanted four. And now I definitely want another, but I don’t know when.”
Beyoncé also credits her husband for being a great partner personally and professionally.
“Just knowing someone’s always going to be honest and tell the truth, can understand exactly what I’m going through – and I can understand exactly what he’s going through,” she gushes.
Some of that will be seen in the documentary, which she is so excited about it brings her to tears.
“This movie has healed me in so many ways. It makes me want to cry.” After pausing to dab her eyes, she adds, “I’m sorry. I’m very passionate about it, and it just feels good.”
The other things that feels good? Being able to reap the benefits of her years of hard work.
“I don’t feel like I have to please anyone,” she says. “I feel free. I feel like I’m an adult. I’m grown. I can do what I want. I can say what I want. I can retire if I want. That’s why I’ve worked hard.”
For more of Beyoncé’s interview, pick up the March issue of Vogue, on newsstands February 19.
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