- The Netflix movie “Homecoming” shows Beyoncé preparing to headline Coachella in 2018.
- Behind-the-scenes footage reveals her grueling routine to “rebuild” her body after giving birth.
- “I learned a valuable lesson: I will never, ever try that hard again,” he said.
In her Netflix movie “Homecoming,” released in 2019, Beyoncé talked about preparing to act for the first time after pregnancy —and the insecurities and difficulties that arose from those grueling rehearsals.
“This is the first time I’ve come home on stage after giving birth,” Beyoncé said in the film, which documents the journey to Beyoncé’s historic performance at Coachella 2018. “I’m creating my own homecoming. And it’s hard.”
“There were days where I thought I would never be the same, I would never be the same physically, my strength and stamina would never be the same,” she added.
In pre-Coachella behind-the-scenes footage, an off-screen voice, presumably Beyoncé’s choreographerJaQuel Knight said she was burning between 1,500 and 2,000 calories a day after hours of rehearsal.
“It’s true,” Beyoncé replied. “And eventually, I want to be able to do Soul Cycle, the stairs, and the rehearsal in one day.”
The “Formation” singer also revealed that she followed a strict plant-based diet to get back in shape.
“In order to reach my goal, I limit myself to not eating bread, carbohydrates, sugar, dairy, meat, fish, alcohol,” he said. “And I’m hungry.”
In a voiceover, Beyoncé said that her choreography relied more on “feelings” than technical moves, but that actually made it difficult for her to feel comfortable.
“That’s hard when you don’t feel like yourself. I had to rebuild my body,” he said. “It took me a while to feel secure enough to… give away my own personality.”
“At first, it was a lot of muscle spasms, and just internally, my body wasn’t connected,” he continued. “My mind wasn’t there. My mind wanted to be with my children. What people don’t see is the sacrifice.”
The documentary includes footage of Beyoncé and her husband, Jay-Z, taking their children to the pop star’s rehearsal space.
Beyoncé said she would often breastfeed her twin babies, Mr and Rumi Carterin his trailer.
“I was just trying to figure out how to balance being the mother of a 6-year-old and twins who need me, and giving myself creatively and physically. It was a lot to juggle,” she said. “I definitely pushed myself more than I knew I could, and I learned a valuable lesson: I will never, ever push myself that hard again.”