Beyonce Says She’s ‘A Feminist, In A Way’

Singer also talks about retiring alter ego Sasha Fierce and starting a family, in You magazine.

Whether it’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” or the Destiny’s Child classic “Independent Women,” most of Beyoncé’s catalog consists of strong female-empowerment anthems. So it’s no surprise that the singer considers herself to be a feminist.

In an interview with the U.K.’s You magazine, the pop star opens up about the importance of female companionship, not needing to hide behind Sasha Fierce and her much-talked-about baby plans .

“I think I am a feminist, in a way. It’s not something I consciously decided I was going to be; perhaps it’s because I grew up in a singing group with other women, and that was so helpful to me,” she told the magazine. “It kept me out of so much trouble and out of bad relationships. My friendships with my girls are just so much a part of me that there are things I am never going to do that would upset that bond. I never want to betray that friendship, because I love being a woman and I love being a friend to other women.”

Most recently, Beyoncé has certainly made her share of female friends in the industry. In the past year, the singer has collaborated with Lady Gaga (“Video Phone” and “Telephone”) and Alicia Keys (“Put It in a Love Song”).

While the singer might always have female besties, there’s one thing she’s cut out of the picture: alter ego Sasha Fierce. Earlier this year, the pop star revealed that she “killed” Sasha , and now she said the alter-ego absence is due to her newfound self-awareness.

“I don’t need Sasha so much anymore, because these days, I know who I am. It takes time to figure out who you are, and I am still discovering different things about myself. As I am exposed to different experiences, I think, ’Oh, I like this. I didn’t know I liked this,’ ” she explained. “That’s the journey of life that is so exciting. More and more, I know who I am, I know what I like, I know what I want, and that makes me feel so free.”

In fact, B already has her eye on some personal life goals. “My ambition is to continue to learn about the world and to eventually have a family,” she said. And while Beyoncé remained coy about when she and husband Jay-Z will expand the Carter family, she hinted that there’s really “no dates, no times” to motherhood. “It will happen when I am ready.”

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