Beyoncé couldn't be present at her album listening party on Wednesday — she was abroad, doing international press from 10 a.m. to midnight, according to her father, Mathew Knowles — so she recorded a video message to explain the split between I Am... and Sasha Fierce. Here's what she had to say for herself:
"I'm in a very good place right now. I'm very happy. I'm growing up, and I'm really comfortable with myself. I'm getting wiser and smarter. Hopefully my fans have grown with me, because some of the things that I loved, I don't love so much anymore, and I love new things. That's a part of life. I know that people see celebrities, and they seem like they're so perfect — they seem like their life is so great, and they have money and fame. But I'm a human being. I cry. I'm very passionate and sensitive. My feelings get hurt. I get scared and nervous like everyone else. And I wanted to show that about myself. It's about love. That's what this album is all about. It's about love.
"You know, I'm a woman, I'm married, and this portion of my life is all in the album. It's a lot more personal. I'm very private and I don't talk about a lot of things, but there are certain songs that are on the album that are very personal. It's my diary. It's my story.
"Young women listen to my album when they need encouragement, and when they are going through tough times, or when they need to forget about what their tough times are, and they just want to have fun and put on their sexy dresses and go dance with their friends, or when they need the strength to be out of a bad relationship, they listen to my album in the car. So I still have my album of fun songs."
Mathew Knowles said that a Spanish version of the album will be out in February along with a video anthology. Beyoncé will then launch a world tour in the last week of March. After starting with Canada, she'll hit Europe, the U.S., Mexico, South America, Las Vegas for one week, Japan, Asia and then Australia, with the tour slated to end next November.