Beyonce participated in a Q&A following a screening of the videos from her new visual album at New York’s School of Visual Arts yesterday (December 21), according to

The singer says that becoming a mother affected her outlook on life and impacted the direction of her music. 

“It’s interesting how motherhood changes you and it changes your perspective on life,” Beyonce said, per “I took all the things that I wanted to change about myself and all the things I wanted to share, and I put it into this record.”

Some of the questions the singer answered was submitted by a pair of fans via Instagram. One focused on releasing a secret album. 

“I just got off the stage, I had a glass of wine and my cousin Angie was like, ‘Are you alright?’ because I was talking to myself and I was terrified,” Beyonce said. “I was so scared. I had already gone through all the horrible ways it could go in my mind… I saw it live on iTunes and I waited for the first comment. Then I woke up the next morning and… [breaks into dance].”

Released December 13, the collection sold more than 600,000 units its first week, Beyonce’s highest first-week sales tally. This total beats her previous best, which she earned in 2006, when B’day sold approximately 541,000 units in its first week. Beyonce also became the fastest-selling project to debut on iTunes. 

Beyonce said that she has a specific message she wanted to deliver with her self-titled album. “More than the music, I’m proud of myself as a woman,” she said. “The biggest message is owning your imperfections and all the things that make you interesting because I refuse to allow someone to put me in anybody’s box.”

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