GQ has unleashed the outtakes from its cover story with Beyoncé and in the excerpts, Beyoncé talks those stupid rumors about her faking her pregnancy that your YouTube prophet believing cousin swears is gospel. Plus, she explains why she now employs someone to follow her and record her ever mouth. No, she’s not an egomaniac, she’s fiscally conservative.
On whether or not some woman was carrying Blue Ivy while she rocked a pillow:
“I felt like I kind of had to protect my mother, because when people made up the silliest rumor about me not really being pregnant She was there when I went through all of those things. And my sister. They were very, very defensive. It’s not personal to me, and it comes along with the job, but the lack of respect—people will just go too far sometimes.”
On the hiring of her visual director:
Ed Burke, Beyoncé’s visual director and the co-director of her new film, knows precisely when his boss first realized she needed to exert more control over her realm.
It was in 2005, he says, when MTV shot a bunch of footage of her, but later wouldn’t let her use it. “Back in the day, MTV used to do all the B-roll for making a video,” Burke says. “They did that, and used it for whatever they shot it for.” But he says that when Beyoncé asked to use the footage for her own purposes, MTV told her “she had to pay. She goes, ‘But it’s my image.’ That’s where it all started.”
Beyoncé hired Burke, a Brit who trained to be a teacher, not a filmmaker, as a full-time videographer. Early on, he wasn’t entirely sure what she wanted him to do. “I will always remember one day, I was sitting in the back of the car, filming, and Bey and Angie, her cousin, were sitting in the front seat, talking about life, and Bey looked round, and goes, ‘Oh, you don’t have to film this.’ And I said, ‘Well, how do I know if it’s going to be good?’ And Angie laughed, and goes, ‘He’s got a point.’ From then on, the access has been incredible, to the point where every facet of her life I’ve shot.”
Here’s the way it works now: If MTV or Access Hollywood or anyone else wants some footage of Beyoncé and Beyoncé thinks it’s a good idea, Burke shoots it and lets them borrow it. “It’s a win-win,” Burke says. “They get better access—that’s what we tell them—because I’m in the dressing room, where they would never be,” he says. But Beyoncé owns the footage. Same with still photos.