With so many speculations about a possible pregnancy, many have started to wonder whether Beyonce was actually expecting a child. However, the diva has found the perfect method to convince the world of the truth by giving the fabulous news herself during the 2011 MTV VMAs.

The diva revealed that she spent a considerable amount of time planning on how to deliver the news: “I put a lot of thought into how I wanted to unveil it,” she says. “It was important to me that I was able to do it myself … I was extremely nervous. It was the toughest red carpet I ever did. I didn’t want a crazy picture or gossip story to break the news, so I decided to say nothing and proudly show my baby bump. I felt it was more powerful to see the love and enthusiasm as opposed to saying anything.”

After the hard part of sharing the big news with the public, the diva has taken time to enjoy her new status and she surely finds pregnancy to be a fascinating experience, especially fashion-wise as she is working on her own maternity line with her mother Tina Knowles for the House of Dereon: “All I see now are clothes that are flattering on a pregnant woman. It’s been so exciting for me! I love figuring out designs that still make me feel edgy and sexy while pregnant. Flowy fabrics are always flattering, but I still rock my stilettos.’ To make things even more clear, she added: “I’ve had so much fun with fashion over the months. I have been pregnant through every event I’ve done, from the Billboard Awards to Glastonbury.”

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On why she decided to wait until now to expand her family she briefly stated that: “It was important to me that I gave myself time to focus on becoming the woman I want to be, building my empire, my relationship, and my self-worth, before I became a mother. Now God has blessed us with the ultimate.”

She also highlights the great relationship with her husband and the beneficial influence he had on her: “If you are with the right person, it brings out the best version of you.” The diva also seems to be a firm believer that friendship is the best path to a strong romantic relationship: “We have been together since I was 20 years old. We took our time and developed an unbreakable friendship before we got married. I admire his ability to inspire others. To me, Jay represents the American dream. Jay’s music has helped define our generation. All that he has overcome and worked to achieve gives millions hope that they can become whatever they want to be. I respect him so much; he is a great man and a great artist.”

Despite her strong feelings towards Jay-Z, she still sees relationships as a work in practice: ‘But like anything great and successful in your life, marriage takes hard work and sacrifice. It has to be something both you and your husband deeply want. The best thing about marriage is the amount of growth you have because you can no longer hide from your fears and insecurities. There’s someone right there calling you out on your flaws and building you up when you need the support.’

On the subject of self growth, the diva also shares that she is now a lot more confident when it comes to making decisions: “I am finally at the stage in my life where I am not so concerned with other people’s opinions about my life decisions,” she reveals. “It is so liberating to really know what I want, what truly makes me happy, what I will not tolerate. I have learned that it is no one else’s job to take care of me but me.”

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Photo and video courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar