(By Bethonie Butler, Washington Post)

Contrary to reports, Beyoncé did not wake up like this – it took gruelling work…

The entertainer documents that work in Netflix’s “Homecoming,” a feature-length film released Wednesday that takes a look at the days leading up to her flawless and heartfelt performance at the 2018 Coachella festival.

Beyoncé became the first black woman to headline the event, which has been held annually in Indio, California, since 2001 (after launching in 1999). Her triumphant performance marked her return to the spotlight after giving birth to twins Rumi and Sir Carter in June 2017.

Both milestones lent important themes to the performance, dubbed Beychella.

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Here are 5 things we learned from the documentary that took us behind the scenes.

 

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1.     Beyoncé was still rebounding from a difficult pregnancy when she began rehearsing for Beychella.

“It’s my first time coming home, on the stage, after giving birth,” Beyoncé tells us. “I’m creating my own homecoming. And it’s hard.”

The singer first opened up about her difficult pregnancy in an essay for Vogue last year. She had high blood pressure and preeclampsia, a dangerous and potentially deadly pregnancy complication that led to her and Jay-Z’s babies being born by emergency C-section. The situation was dire, she reveals in “Homecoming,” as one of the twins’ heartbeats had paused a few times in the womb.

In between footage of her rigorous training, Beyoncé offers a pretty stunning admission for someone who makes everything look so easy: “There were days I thought I’d never be the same,” she says. “I’d never be the same physically, my strength and endurance would never be the same.”

And like a growing number of celebrity moms, Beyoncé talks about the emotional toll that pregnancy and childbirth can have on women. “A lot of the choreography is about feeling, so it’s not as technical,” she says 115 days ahead of her history-making performance. “It’s your own personality that brings it to life. And that’s hard when you don’t feel like yourself.”

 

Click page 2 below for more things we learned from Beyoncé’s ‘Homecoming’…

Author: ANA Newswire