Beyonce has opened up about her hiatus from music in an article written for a magazine.
The pop superstar decided to take a nine-month extended vacation after working non-stop for several years and she has revealed she used her break to spend time with her family and husband Jay-Z, visit museums, attend concerts and learn to cook.
She has written about her experiences for the latest issue of Essence magazine in an article titled "Eat, Play, Love" - a play on the book "Eat, Pray, Love," which became a movie starring Julia Roberts.
Beyonce writes, "I had talked about taking a vacation before, but always ended up in the studio after two weeks, so no one believed me. This time, though, I was serious. I was going to give myself a year to do the things I never get to do.
"Simple things like play with my nephew, pick him up from school, visit museums, go to concerts, see some Broadway shows, learn to cook a meal and spend time with my husband... Yes, I needed some relaxation, but I wanted inspiration too, from regular everyday things. They did not have to be over-the-top productions. I was looking for tiny moments that would speak to my heart and make me smile."