VIDEO: Beyoncé Directors Screening in NYC – FULL VERSION

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Beyoncé has taken over NYC this week, with a sold-out performance at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center followed by a star-studded after party in Times Square at Dave & Buster’s.

On Saturday (Dec 21), “Yonce” (clad head-to-toe in Tom Ford 2014 runway collection) attended an exclusive press screening of her new visual album, and answered questions from online fans who used the hashtag #AskBeyonce. Keep reading for more photos…

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On her fear of releasing “Beyonce” as a surprise

“I just got off the stage, I had a glass of wine and my cousin Angie was like, ‘Are you alright?’ because I was talking to myself and I was terrified.  I was so scared. I had already gone through all the horrible ways it could go in my mind… I saw it live on iTunes and I waited for the first comment. Then I woke up the next morning and… [breaks into dance].”

“We went through everything to keep it sacred and a surprise,” the singer said. “Because there’s joy in that and it’s missing, and that’s something I was able to experience as a kid.”

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On the project being an exercise in opening up as a woman

“It’s amazing how motherhood changes you.  I took all the things about myself that I wanted to change and put it in my music.  More than the music, I’m proud of myself as a woman.  It’s about loving your imperfections and the things that make you interesting, because I refuse to let anyone put me in a box.”

On why she forfeited a bit of her privace for this album

[Choking back tears] “I have always been very generous, I have been generous on stage and take my pain and joy into my performance.  But I’m private… I think it just took me not being anyone’s child. Once I had a child, I broke down that fourth wall. I feel liberated, and I feel like I can give my heart to people.”

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