Beyoncé’s getting all steamed up in the new issue of Vibe, on newsstands May 8 — but that’s just because she did her photo shoot in the shower.
No, she’s not naked — at least not physically. But emotionally? Sure, to an extent. While she still won’t talk about Jay-Z or Jennifer Hudson — except in what Vibe calls a “circular fashion” — the singer opened up about how and why she closes herself off.
“First of all, I don’t listen to the radio,” she told the magazine. “If I do, it would be in the car on my way to a venue — but not consciously. I don’t go on the Internet. … Unless I’m approving videos or approving song mixes, I don’t go. I don’t buy anything online. I’m scared. I don’t want to just give ’em my credit card. I don’t wanna be hacked.”
She doesn’t even Google herself. “No, no,” she laughed. “I don’t need that drama.”
Beyoncé’s got enough drama — from petitions about her “Deja Vu” video; to baiting blogs by Perez Hilton (who calls her “that Wicked B”); to being chased by the paparazzi; to being called a diva for her alleged rivalries with Rihanna, former Destiny’s Child member LeToya Luckett and “Dreamgirls” castmate Hudson (see “Beyonce Wants End To Drama Over New Drama ’Dreamgirls'; Sets Tour” ).
“Everybody messes with celebrities,” she told the magazine. “At a point, you just have to decide if you really want it. If you do, you have to have a tough skin. And after you get a certain amount of success, you have no choice. Either you’re gonna turn to other things to take away the pain you feel, or you have to deal with it and move on.
“If it’s something about my sister or my nephew or it’s something evil, then yes, I’m upset,” Beyoncé said about gossip. “I wanna kill somebody. If it’s a rumor that’s vindictive, or something harmful, or something everybody’s believing that is completely not true, then it’s frustrating because there’s nothing you can do about it. If someone misquotes you, or says some complete lie, and then they go back and retract that, people still don’t believe you didn’t say it. … So sometimes it hurts. Sometimes I wanna cry. Sometimes I wanna scream. Sometimes I wanna curse people out.”
Sometimes, she admitted, she even curses out her father/manager, Mathew Knowles. “Me and my dad go at it,” B told the magazine. “People would be very surprised. … We don’t do it too much, because I’m an adult and he’s respectful of that. But during the time when I was becoming an adult and I was trying to, you know, claim my independence … we went at it all the time. We had our moments. But it’s way more powerful to not curse.”
Even though people might think of her as a diva, she said she hates confrontation. So when she gets angry, she gets quiet. “Less is more with me,” Beyoncé said. “And if I do curse — which I do when I’m really mad — I’ll say one word and you’ll know.”