7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Beyoncé

 

In honour of her new musical film Black IS King, which is quite frankly a work of art, here are 7 facts you probably didn’t know about Beyonce.

It was actually her dance teacher who found out she could sing…

Beyoncé’s childhood dance teacher, Darlette Johnson, discovered Beyoncé’s impeccable voice when “I hummed a song and she finished it, and it blew me away”, she explained to CNN. When Beyonce’s parents came to pick her up from the lesson, Johnson told them “She can sing! She can really sing!”

 

 

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She was nearly cast as the lead role in the remake of “A Star Is Born”

Although we might think of Lady Gaga when the character of Ally Maine comes to mind, it was Beyoncé who was originally approached to play the lead. In 2012, before Lady Gaga or Bradley Cooper were even involved, the script was in the hands of famous director Clint Eastwood.

He stated “For months we tried to coordinate our schedules to bring this remake to life, but it was just not possible”Beyoncé then confirmed this statement.

 

 

Her name was given to her in a bid

Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles-Lawson was born Celestine Beyonce – and being the fierce mother of an even fiercer daughter – she was worried her maiden name would be lost after she married Matthew Knowles, Beyonce’s father.

On a podcast, Tina explained that her 6 siblings don’t have the same spelling as her maiden name, due to a clerical error on their birth certificates. It is only Tina and one other brother who have the spelling with an “o” in the middle of “Beyonce”.

 

 

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She opened up about the error, and explained how her mother couldn’t argue for her siblings’ birth certificates to be altered “because at one time, Black people didn’t get birth certificates…because it meant that you really didn’t exist, and you weren’t important”.

Tina understood how hard it must have been for her mother to endure this, and her brother discussed the story at the premiere of Beyonce’s documentary, “Life is But a Dream”. So, in order to keep the maternal family name going, Beyoncé was given their last name as her first.

 

 

The number four is Bey’s lucky number for quite a few reasons…

 

 

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Not only is “4” the name of Queen B’s fourth solo studio album, but it also marks her birthday (September 4th), Jay-Z’s birthday (December 4th), and her mother’s birthday (January 4th). Her wedding anniversary is also on April 4th. The fourth month of the year, hence, the name of the album (as well as the tattoo of the Roman numeral IV that both Beyoncé and Jay-Z have on their ring fingers).

 

 

She equalised with Mariah Carey in 2020

Like Mariah Carey, Beyoncé is the only solo artist to have number one hits in four different decades (from the 1990s to the 2020s). Even before dropping her new musical film in 2020 (Black Is King), she scored number one in 2020 with her collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion on their Savage remix.

 

She really is the Queen B!

 

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In an interview with British Vogue, Beyoncé revealed, “I know it’s random, but I have two beehives. Real ones” … “I have around 80,000 bees and we make hundreds of jars of honey a year.” She shared that the reason behind this, is because her daughters, Blue and Rumi, suffer from allergies and “honey has countless healing properties”.

 

 

She donated her Cadillac Records salary to an addiction centre

Following the 2008 film, “Cadillac Records”, in which Beyoncé portrayed the legendary Etta James, Beyoncé opened up an eponymous cosmetology centre at Phoenix House in 2010, a rehab facility in Brooklyn, New York. After meeting several women underground treatment, Bey shared, “Through their stories, I realised that all of us have our personal struggles and we all have something to overcome”.

 

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