Beyonce’s documentary film, Homecoming, hit Netflix early Wednesday morning, and it offers up a glimpse into Queen Bey’s life that fans don’t often get to see.
The documentary is a behind-the-scenes look at what went into Beyonce’s epic performance at last year’s Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival, where she became the first black woman to ever headline the event. The 37-year-old performer was originally scheduled to headline in 2017, but “unexpectedly” got pregnant with twins, Sir and Rumi.
“I was supposed to do Coachella the year prior but I got pregnant unexpectedly,” Beyonce says over video footage of her happily showing off her baby bump. “And it ended up being twins which was even more of a surprise.”
The documentary also includes home movies and never-before-seen photos of her and husband JAY-Z meeting their newborn son and daughter for the first time.
Beyonce goes on to share what a toll the pregnancy had on her body. “My body went through more than I knew it could. I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth,” she confides. “I had an extremely difficult pregnancy. I had high blood pressure. I developed toxemia, preeclampsia.”
Beyonce also talks about what she endured upon giving birth to twins in June 2017. “And in the womb, one of my babies’ hearts paused a few times so I had to get an emergency C-section,” she reveals.
Once the babies were born and Beyonce decided to go back to work on her Coachella performance as a mother of newborns and 6-year-old Blue Ivy, she admits that being a working mom didn’t come easily.
“In the beginning there were so many muscle spasms and just internally, my body was not connected,” she confesses. “My mind was not there. My mind wanted to be with my children. What people don’t see is the sacrifice.”
“I would dance and go off to the trailer and breastfeed the babies, the days I could I would bring the children,” Beyonce recalls.
Throughout Homecoming, fans see JAY-Z and Blue Ivy at rehearsals and there is even a scene where the twins, who were not even a year old yet, pay a visit and Beyonce runs to put them both in her arms.
“I’m just trying to figure out how to balance being the mother of a six year old and twins that need me and giving myself creativity,” she shares. “Physically, it was a lot to juggle. It’s like, before I could rehearse 15 hours straight. I have children, I have a husband, I have to take care of my body.”
Beyonce says later in the documentary, “I just feel like I’m just a new woman in a new chapter of my life and I’m not even trying to be who I was. It’s so beautiful that children do that to you.”
This isn’t the first time Beyonce has gotten real about what it’s like to be one of the biggest pop stars in the world and a mother.