Beyoncé is marking a major career milestone with a new video. The superstar debuted a black-and-white video titled "Yours and Mine" on Friday to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the surprise release of her self-titled visual album.
In the 11-minute video, made up of clips from her recent collection of music videos, Beyoncé ruminates on celebrity, feminism motherhood and marriage.
"Now that I'm famous, it's really really difficult to do simple things," the singer said at the start of the video. "I think it's the hardest thing to give up."
"But my mother always taught me to be strong, never to be a victim, never to make excuses," she continued. "I have dreams and I feel like I have a power to make those dreams a reality.
"When you're famous, no one looks at you as a human anymore. You become the property of the public. There's nothing real about it."
Beyoncé also shared insight into her childhood, and how that affected her growing up.
"I was brought up seeing my mother try to please and make everyone comfortable. I always felt it was my job to fix the problem. People pleaser.
"I'm no longer afraid of conflict, and I don't think conflict is a bad thing," she continued. "If I had not gone through some of the painful experiences in my life, I would not be me."
Beyonce also discussed her thoughts on feminism, admitting that although she considers herself a feminist, she was "always afraid of that word because people put so much on it."
"Men and women balance each other out, and we have to get to a point where we're comfortable appreciating each other," the "Crazy in Love" singer added.
For those who have speculated on the state of her union with Jay Z, the pop star discussed marriage at length, and said that after all she has accomplished, it would be worth nothing if she had no one to share it with.
"People feel like they lose something when they get married," the star said. But it doesn't have to be that way. There's nothing more exciting than having a witness to your life."
"You need something real in order for any of this stuff to matter," she said.
"It's OK to depend on someone," Beyoncé continued. "It's actually what we're supposed to do – we're supposed to depend on each other.
"And when you find the person that you trust and you love and you feel is going to respect you and take all the s--t that you have and turn it around and bring out the best in you, it feeds you. It is the most powerful thing you can ever feel in your life.
"One thing that's for sure: the love I have – music, my husband, for my child – is something that will last far beyond my life," Beyonce concludes, with the final shot of her walking on the beach with daughter Blue Ivy.