Beyoncé’s New Letter To Her Beyhive Is A Must-Read

By Hayden Brooks

September 24, 2021

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Just a day after Virgo season ended, Beyoncé got candid with her Beyhive to thank the fanbase for all the greetings for her 40th birthday.

“I’m so thankful for every inspiring human who took the time to send me all the beautiful messages," Bey wrote in the handwritten note, which was posted on her website. She turned 40 on September 4. “I cried tears of joy and was covered in chilly bumps. Your videos, your posts, your countdowns, your playlists, and your well wishes, I will cherish forever. I’m grateful to everyone involved, especially the fans for the time and level of detail it took to organize such beautiful tributes. I admire and respect all of you and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Bey went on to admit that “this is the first year that [she] really understands what it means to be alive and to live in the moment.” “It’s the first time that I have an understanding of how fragile life truly is, how hard life can be at times, and therefore how important it is to stop and smell the roses during the good times,” she continued.

As she's gotten older, Bey revealed that she's becoming more understanding of herself and joy, a feeling that she thought she knew at 21 and 30. “There’s a freedom and liberation knowing that I’ve made it to the other side of my sacrifice. I’m finally giving myself permission to enjoy the seeds I’ve worked so hard to plant my whole life,” she wrote. “Whoever tried to condition women to feel that we are supposed to feel old or unhappy when we turn 40 got it ALL THE WAY F’D UP."

The note ended with another shoutout to the Beyhive. “Most of y’all met me when I was 15, and we have grown up together. You bring sooooo much joy unto my life. I hope my art can continue to bring a little joy unto yours,” she concluded.

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