Beyoncé’s Been Quiet During COVID, But We’re Finally Getting Hints at What She’s Been Up To

Since her rise to fame, Beyoncé has been notoriously private when it comes to her personal life. While she’s known for keeping a lot that goes on in her life to herself, the singer has been exceptionally quiet during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Rather than living on social media like other celebrities, Beyoncé has used this downtime to focus on herself and her home life. Now, she’s giving slight hints at what exactly she’s been up to these last few months.

Beyoncé attending the world premiere of Disney's 'The Lion King' in 2019
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Beyoncé has been focusing on her overall health

After coming off of the success of various projects, including her visual album Black Is King, the soundtrack for The Lion King: The Gift (2019), and a new collection for her Ivy Park clothing line, Beyoncé found her career slowing down amid the coronavirus pandemic.

With the world on lockdown mode, Queen Bey had to put everything on pause. But rather than wasting time away, Beyoncé used quarantine to focus on what’s more important: herself.

In a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar, the “Formation” singer opened up about her pandemic lifestyle, sharing that she spent a lot of time creating “positive rituals” that have since changed her life for the better.

“I think like many women, I have felt the pressure of being the backbone of my family and my company and didn’t realize how much that takes a toll on my mental and physical well-being. I have not always made myself a priority,” she confessed. “I’ve personally struggled with insomnia from touring for more than half of my life. Years of wear and tear on my muscles from dancing in heels. The stress on my hair and skin, from sprays and dyes to the heat of a curling iron and wearing heavy makeup while sweating on stage. I’ve picked up many secrets and techniques over the years to look my best for every show. But I know that to give the best of me, I have to take care of myself and listen to my body.”

Beyoncé explained that before the pandemic, she had the “misconception that self-care meant exercising.” Now, the singer knows that “mental health is self-care too,” which she learned from paying attention to her body.

“My health, the way I feel when I wake up in the morning, my peace of mind, the number of times I smile, what I’m feeding my mind and my body—those are the things that I’ve been focusing on,” Bey shared. “I’m learning to break the cycle of poor health and neglect, focusing my energy on my body and taking note of the subtle signs that it gives me. Your body tells you everything you need to know, but I’ve had to learn to listen. It’s a process to change habits and look past the bag of chips and the chaos everywhere!”

New music is coming

In addition to focusing on her physical and mental health, Beyoncé has also been tinkering around in the studio and is looking forward to putting out new work soon.

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“With all the isolation and injustice over the past year, I think we are all ready to escape, travel, love, and laugh again,” she told the outlet. “I feel a renaissance emerging, and I want to be part of nurturing that escape in any way possible. I’ve been in the studio for a year and a half.”

Beyoncé continued, “Sometimes it takes a year for me to personally search through thousands of sounds to find just the right kick or snare. One chorus can have up to 200 stacked harmonies. Still, there’s nothing like the amount of love, passion, and healing that I feel in the recording studio. After 31 years, it feels just as exciting as it did when I was nine years old. Yes, the music is coming!”

Beyoncé has plenty in store for her future

In addition to making new music, Beyoncé has also been busy working on her clothing line, Ivy Park. She’s currently preparing to drop her next collection — a rodeo-inspired line featuring monogrammed denim, chaps, and cowhide — which comes out on Aug. 19.

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As for what she has planned for the next chapter of her life, Beyoncé says the upcoming decade will be “fun and full of freedom.”

“I want to continue to work to dismantle systemic imbalances. I want to continue to turn these industries upside down,” she shared. “I plan to create businesses outside of music. I have learned that I have to keep on dreaming.”

The singer added, “I have paid my dues and followed every rule for decades, so now I can break the rules that need to be broken. My wish for the future is to continue to do everything everyone thinks I can’t do.”