Billie Ellish, Taylor Swift, Stevie Wonder and more came (virtually) together for a star-studded four-minute video tribute, published by Harper’s Bazaar, to celebrate Bey as a cultural icon. Apple Music also rallied the all-star troops, including Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, Ciara, DJ Khaled, J Balvin, Lil Nas X and more, for another celebratory b-day video message. But while they gave the legendary artist her flowers, the Tiffany & Co. ambassador dropped some real-life gems about what comes with turning 40.
“This is the first year that I really understand what it means to be alive and to live in the moment. It’s the first time that I have an understanding of how fragile life truly is, how hard life can be at times, and therefore how important it is to stop and smell the roses during the good times,” she continued. “I thought I knew that at 21 or 30 … but I didn’t. The more mature I become, the more I understand and the deeper my joy grows. There’s a freedom and liberation knowing that I’ve made it to the other side of my sacrifice. I’m finally giving myself permission to enjoy the seeds I’ve worked so hard to plant my whole life.”
Her mother Tina Knowles-Lawson shared a touching video that proved every seed her multihyphenate daughter planted did indeed blossom into flowers by placing an old Beyoncé Access Hollywood video interview, where she answered what she would like to accomplish by the time she turns 40, side-by-side with a video montage that showed how she checked off everything on that list.
“Whoever tried to condition women to feel that we are supposed to feel old or unhappy when we turn 40 got it ALL THE WAY F’d UP. This has absolutely been the best I’ve felt in my life. I’m so grateful to be GROWN, GROWN!” the letter concluded. “Most of y’all met me when I was 15, and we have grown up together. You bring sooooo much joy into my life. I hope my art can continue to bring a little joy into yours.”
Bey signed off the letter with an “I Love You” followed by the word “Deep” cleverly spelled out 40 times and a drawing of a bumblebee.