Beyoncé gets candid about 'proudest moment' giving birth to Blue Ivy

She's told us that "Pretty Hurts," and now Beyoncé is spilling on another painful experience: childbirth. In a candid new interview, the GRAMMY-winning artist opened up to ELLE about giving birth to her daughter Blue Ivy.

TAP FOR FULL GALLERY Beyoncé gave birth to Blue Ivy in 2012. Photo: © Instagram.com/Beyoncé

The "Formation" singer opened up about her pregnancy, discussing the discomfort she experienced during labor – and how it was all worth it. The 34-year-old admitted, "Everyone experiences pain, but sometimes you need to be uncomfortable to transform.”

She continued, "Pain is not pretty, but I wasn't able to hold my daughter in my arms until I experienced the pain of childbirth.”

The singer often delights fans with intimate photos of Blue. Photo: © Instagram.com/Beyoncé

Beyoncé and her husband, Jay Z, welcomed their only child in 2012. Talking to Garage magazine about her little girl last month, the Ivy Park co-founder said, "Out of everything I've accomplished, my proudest moment, hands-down, was when I gave birth to my daughter, Blue."

In March, the singer performed at her four-year-old's school gala in Los Angeles, no doubt earning mother-of-the-year honours in her little one's eyes. Beyoncé credits her own mother, Tina Knowles, for teaching her how to be a parent to Blue.

"My biggest hero is and always will be my mother. She has taught me about caring for others, working hard and working smart," she said. "Everything I know about being a mother comes from the examples she has shown. My mother has instilled confidence in my sister and me and taught us to always be grateful."

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