Before A Baby, Beyonce Wanted To Build An Empire

Beyonce, who has normally kept mum on the details of her personal life, isn't shy about her pregnancy in the latest issue of Harper's Bazaar.

"It was important to me that I gave myself time to focus on becoming the woman I want to be, building my empire, my relationship, and my self-worth, before I became a mother," the star tells Harper's. "Now God has blessed us with the ultimate."

Beyonce and Jay-Z have been on the receiving end of baby rumors for years, so when the time came to announce it to the world -- at our own VMAs in August -- Knowles was going to make sure the reveal was picture perfect. "I put a lot of thought into how I wanted to unveil it. It was important to me that I was able to do it myself," she says of rubbing her bump on the red carpet in an orange Lanvin gown. "I was extremely nervous. It was the toughest red carpet I ever did. I decided to say nothing and proudly show my baby bump. I felt it was more powerful to see the love and enthusiasm as opposed to saying anything." More From Beyonce's Now-Historic Pregnancy Reveal >>>

While Lady Bey had a firm plan around what she wanted to accomplish first in her career, she obviously didn't take making videos to support '4' into account. So explains 'Countdown' director Adria Petty to our own Jocelyn Vena. "When we first started shooting, she had not made that announcement and I do not believe that was the goal. But as the process evolved, I believe she wanted that to be celebrated in the video/ I believe she had a number of commitments and had not anticipated her special arrival."