Monday, January 14, 2013

Beyoncé's HBO Documentary Sheds Light on Her Private Life

by Sarah Davis

Beyoncé Knowles plans to open up about her private life in an upcoming HBO documentary, "Life is But a Dream." The singer, who has always managed to keep a private life, is letting fans see her vulnerable side in a film she directed herself, with a network she chose herself. "HBO has a history of pushing every boundary with class and authenticity," said Beyoncé.  "Some of my favorite shows are on HBO, so I am excited that my film will be part of its bold programming. This film was so personal to me, it had to have the right home."

"Everybody knows Beyonce's music, but few people know Beyoncé the woman," reveals Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming. 

In the film, she opens up about her life as a mother and wife and even shows footage of her childhood in Houston. "I always battle with how much I reveal about myself," Beyoncé, who was just named "Sexiest Woman of the Century" by GQ, says of her life as a celebrity.  

In one part of the film, she speaks candidly about early pregnancy with daughter Blue Ivy. "They keep trying to dress me in tight clothes and trying to hide it is very difficult,"  Beyoncé says before showing her baby bump. "I don't know how I'm going to get through this."  At the time she filmed herself, the world hadn't yet seen her MTV Awards pregnancy announcement.  

The film cuts over to the sonogram of Blue Ivy, very early on in the pregnancy, and the singer speaks about the pregnancy as though she had just found out about it.    

But, the film is about 
Beyoncé 's entire life, when she isn't being a celebrity.  "People see celebrities and they have money and fame, but I'm a human being. I cry. I get scared. I get nervous, just like everyone else." 

HBO goes on to add that the documentary will include "extensive first-person footage, some of it shot by Beyoncé on her laptop, in which she reflects on the realities of celebrity, the refuge she finds onstage and the transcendent joy of becoming a mother last year."

The documentary will air on HBO on February 16 at 9pm. 

Photo Credit: HBO

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