Beyoncé had second thoughts about releasing her documentary “Life Is But a Dream” to the world because it revealed so much of her private life.
The Grammy-winning singer told Oprah Winfrey in a short interview before the movie’s premiere at the Ziegfield Theater Tuesday night that her first reaction to seeing it was “What did I do?” “Mystique is very important to me,” Beyoncé said. “But it’s time and I’m ready.”
The documentary, which Beyoncé directed, debuts on HBO Saturday night. Winfrey will air an in-depth interview with the singer on her OWN network also on Saturday.
Winfrey said she watched “Dream” with students from her Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa and found that it resonated with them.
“They said, ‘Mama Oprah, she’s just like us’,” Winfrey recounted before a celebrity-studded crowd that included Beyonce’s husband, Jay-Z, sister Solange, The Roots’ Questlove and “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King. “I said, ‘Kinda.’ Let’s not forget she’s Beyoncé.”
Beyoncé said that she worked for three years on the documentary, which mixes live performance, new interviews and footage from her video diary, spoken directly into the webcam on her laptop. “It was important that I not do a celebrity movie,” she said, adding that she was trying to balance the public’s interest in her personal life with her desire to maintain some level of privacy.
Winfrey says the documentary “lives up to the woman” and will result in Beyoncé being known as “The Beloved Mistress of the Universe.”
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