Beyoncé has opened up about welcoming twins Rumi and Sir via emergency c-section. The mother of three, who is the first woman of colour to cover the September issue of Vogue, spoke candidly about life, love, Coachella and her most recent labour experience alongside a spread that was completely under her creative control.
“I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth to Rumi and Sir,” she revealed to Jezebel editor Clover Hope alongside the photographs shot by 23-year-old Tyler Mitchell. “I was swollen from toxemia [also known as preeclampsia, a rare condition that causes high blood pressure] and had been on bed rest for over a month. My health and my babies’ health were in danger, so I had an emergency C-section.”
Beyoncé also spoke of sharing the experience with her On The Run II tour partner, JAY-Z. “We spent many weeks in the NICU. My husband was a soldier and such a strong support system for me. I am proud to have been a witness to his strength and evolution as a man, a best friend, and a father. I was in survival mode and did not grasp it all until months later.”
The 36-year-old also said the experience connected her to anyone else who has been in this situation. “After the C-section, my core felt different. It had been major surgery. Some of your organs are shifted temporarily, and in rare cases, removed temporarily during delivery. I am not sure everyone understands that. I needed time to heal, to recover.”
The “Drunk in Love” singer’s perspective with her now-one-year-olds was different from that of daughter Blue Ivy, 6, in another major way – her body image changed completely. Having put pressure on herself to lose all of her baby weight the first time around in three months, Beyoncé took her time after Rumi and Sir.
“During my recovery, I gave myself self-love and self-care, and I embraced being curvier,” she explained. “I accepted what my body wanted to be. After six months, I started preparing for Coachella. I became vegan temporarily, gave up coffee, alcohol, and all fruit drinks. But I was patient with myself and enjoyed my fuller curves. My kids and husband did, too.”
In the spirit of appreciating a wider perception of beauty, the singer “stripped away the wigs and hair extensions” and kept her makeup to a minimum. She also celebrated her body as it is now. “To this day my arms, shoulders, breasts, and thighs are fuller. I have a little mommy pouch, and I’m in no rush to get rid of it. I think it’s real. Whenever I’m ready to get a six-pack, I will go into beast zone and work my ass off until I have it. But right now, my little FUPA and I feel like we are meant to be.”
The September 2018 issue of Vogue is available for preorder on August 6, 2018 on Amazon, on newsstands in New York City and Los Angeles on Aug. 14, and nationwide Aug. 21.