Beyonce covers Essence magazine’s July 2011 issue. And she’s all smiles as she talks about the year that changed her life (as promised by the headline), but the biggest bonus is that she wrote her very first cover story for the mag, titled “Eat, Play, Love.”
In her own words, she reveals how a nine-month break both relaxed and reignited her!
“I had talked about taking a vacation before, but always ended up in the studio after two weeks, so no one believed me. This time, though, I was serious. I was going to give myself a year to do the things I never get to do. Simple things like play with my nephew, pick him up from school, visit museums, go to concerts, see some Broadway shows, learn to cook a meal and spend time with my husband…Yes, I needed some relaxation, but I wanted inspiration too, from regular, everyday things. They did not have to be over-the-top productions. I was looking for tiny moments that would speak to my heart and make me smile…”