Beyoncé is one of the biggest pop stars in the world and is known for being one of the best entertainers of her generation. Rising to prominence in the early 1990s as part of the girl group Destiny’s Child, the group would go through various line-ups before they finally found commercial success as a trio.
Originally comprised of four, the group was managed by Beyoncé’s father, Matthew Knowles. However, with Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland being lifelong friends since they were children, it is fair to say that Matthew had a vested interest in these two members and a lot of controversies arose surrounding how other members of the girl group were treated initially.
However, by 1999 the group had finally dwindled down to three members. Comprised of Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, the group would go on to achieve great success in the early noughties, but around 2003, Beyoncé, who had always been the leader of the group, decided she wanted to pursue a solo career as did Rowland.
Since her 2003 debut album, Dangerously In Love, Beyoncé has reached unbelievable heights and has become one of the best-selling pop stars of her generation, receiving all sorts of accolades. As of 2022, Beyoncé has released seven studio albums, five live albums, three compilation albums, five EPs and one soundtrack album.
However, with all of this fame came a lot of responsibility for the singer, and staying relevant in an ever-changing music industry takes a lot of work. However, too much work can lead to a burnout. This was nearly the case with Beyoncé.
Since her teen years, Beyoncé has been working and striving to be the best performer she can be by rehearsing and recording. However, what the singer didn’t realise is that days turn into months, and months can turn into years of you missing out on life and creating precious moments.
In 2011, while Knowles was touring for her album 4, Beyoncé disclosed in a documentary that her mother, Tina Knowles told her that if she didn’t take time out for herself, she wouldn’t have any memories of life. Stuck in the world of constant touring, recording, rehearsing and promoting,
Beyoncé realised her mother was actually right and so in 2012 decided to take a year’s break from all things music to do things for herself. This included taking trips to China, Egypt and many other places. Beyoncé revealed all in her documentary Year Of 4, you can watch the documentary in the video below.