Beyoncé has opened up about her struggles balancing motherhood and her career in her new Netflix documentary Homecoming, which was released on the streaming site on Wednesday.
She also dropped an accompanying live album of the Coachella performance under the same name, on the same day.
The documentary features behind-the-scenes footage of Beyoncé's iconic Coachella performance in 2018, after having to cancel her 2017 performance when she unexpectedly fell pregnant with twins.
In Homecoming Beyoncé discusses the intense journey she underwent to prepare for the performance, 10 months after she gave birth to her twins Sir and Rumi Carter via an emergency caesarean, revealing that she undertook an extreme diet and exercise regime to "rebuild" her body.
"I was 218 pounds (98kg) when I gave birth," the 37-year-old explains in the documentary.
"I had to rebuild my body from cut muscles.
"What people don't see is the sacrifice."
While the Grammy Award-winning singer, who is married to rapper Jay Z, has previously encouraged fans to go vegan, she reveals in the documentary that she took her diet even further, saying "In order to for me to meet my goals, I'm limiting myself to no bread, no carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no meat, no fish, no alcohol.
While following the strict diet she also did SoulCycle, worked with a personal trainer and rehearsed her dance routines, however admits that she probably pushed herself too far.
"Just trying to figure out how to balance being a mother of a six-year-old [Blue Ivy, who is now seven,] and of twins that need me, and giving myself creativity and physically, there's a lot to juggle," she reveals.
"It's not like before when I could rehearse 15 hours straight.
"I have children. I have a husband. I have to take care of my body.
"I definitely pushed myself further than I knew I could and I've learned a very valuable lesson: I will never push myself that far again.
"I feel like I'm just a new woman in a new chapter of my life and I'm not even trying to be who I was.
"It's just so beautiful that children do that to you."
This isn't the first time the Lemonade singer has opened up about learning to accept and love her body.
Appearing on the cover of Vogue's prestigious September issue, Beyoncé said at the time, "After the birth of my first child, I believed in the things society said about how my body should look.
"I put pressure on myself to lose all the baby weight in three months, and scheduled a small tour to assure I would do it."
Since the birth of her twins, the mother-of-three says she's learned to accept what her body wanted to be and embraced being curvier.
"That's why I stripped away the wigs and hair extensions and used little makeup for this [Vogue] shoot.
"To this day my arms, shoulders, breasts, and thighs are fuller.
"I have a little mummy pouch, and I'm in no rush to get rid of it.
"I think it's real."
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