Hours after going public with personal revelations about her twins’ dramatic 2017 birth in her new Netflix documentary Homecoming, Beyonce has dropped a surprise live album.
The unannounced album features 40 songs from her two-date Coachella set, including performances with Destiny’s Child and Jay-Z and even daughter Blue Ivy, 7.
The little girl covers Lift Every Voice and Sing in rehearsals (her mum sang it in the show). “I wanna do that again because it feels good,” she said, drawing a laugh from Beyonce.
Homecoming – the trailer had over nine million views in its first 18 hours on Beyonce’s Instagram account – features behind-the-scenes and concert and family footage from the first of her two sets at Coachella in 2018.
“It’s my first time back home on the stage after giving birth. I’m creating my own homecoming and it’s hard,” Beyonce, the first black woman to headline the festival, said of the performance.
She doubled down with the album, which features 40 songs from her two-hour Coachella set, including Formation, Sorry, and Drunk in Love.
In Homecoming, on top of showcasing her gruelling eight-month rehearsal process, Beyonce opened up about her pregnancy with twins Rumi and Sir Carter, and mother guilt.
The star feared she’d “never be the same” after giving birth to her twins.
“I got pregnant unexpectedly and it ended up being twins, which was even more of a surprise. My body went through more than I knew it could,” Beyonce, 37, said in the doco.
Weighing 98 kilograms the day she gave birth, “I had an extremely difficult pregnancy.
“I had high blood pressure, I developed toxaemia, pre-eclampsia, and, in the womb, one of my babies’ heartbeat paused a few times. So I had to get an emergency C-section.”
The Lemonade singer said the pregnancy took a toll physically and she had to “rebuild” her body “from cut muscles … what people don’t see is the sacrifice.
“I definitely pushed myself further than I knew I could and I learned a very valuable lesson: I will never never push myself that far again”.
Being a mother of three also weighed on Beyonce during her rehearsals, she admitted: “My mind wanted to be with my children.”
Between rehearsals she went back to her trailer to breastfeed the twins and tried to have all three kids on set as much as possible.
“It was a lot to juggle,” said Beyonce, who was following a diet of no bread, carbs, sugar, dairy, meat, fish, alcohol.
“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.”
The hashtag ‘Beyonce Homecoming’ has been trending globally, with the documentary creating near-hysteria with Beyonce’s followers, the ‘Bey-hive’, on social media.
The album is available now on streaming platforms Tidal, Apple Music, Spotify and Google Play.