Beyonce's Homecoming documentary discloses her emergency C-section when delivering twins
Queen Bey also dropped a live-album version of the performance on Spotify, featuring two new tracks.
Usually tight-lipped about her personal life, Beyonce finally talked about her “difficult” twin pregnancy in her Netflix film Homecoming, released Wednesday (Apr 17).
Between segments of her show-stopping headlining set at Coachella 2018, the documentary explored her struggles and creative process behind the performance, which was postponed for a year following the pregnancy.
"I was supposed to do Coachella the year prior but I got pregnant unexpectedly," said Beyonce in a footage of her happily showing off her baby bump. "And it ended up being twins which was even more of a surprise."
The 37-year-old performer was originally scheduled to headline in 2017, which Lady Gaga eventually picked up. She returned to the iconic music festival in 2018, performing as the first black woman to headline the event.
The documentary also includes home movies and never-before-seen photos of her and husband Jay-Z meeting their newborn son and daughter, Sir and Rumi Carter, for the first time.
In the documentary, Beyonce shared the toll the pregnancy took on her body. "I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth," she confided. "I had an extremely difficult pregnancy. I had high blood pressure. I developed preeclampsia."
The multi-award-winning artiste also talked about what she endured during her twins' delivery in June 2017. "In the womb, one of my babies' hearts paused a few times, so I had to get an emergency C-section," she said.
Going back to work was not easy, Beyonce admitted, especially with newborn twins and six-year-old Blue Ivy in tow. "In the beginning, there were so many muscle spasms and just internally, my body was not connected," she said.
"My mind was not there. My mind wanted to be with my children. I would dance and go off to the trailer and breastfeed the babies. The days I could, I would bring the children," she said.
In the later part of the documentary, Beyonce said: "I just feel like I'm just a new woman in a new chapter of my life and I'm not even trying to be who I was. It's so beautiful that children do that to you."
Critic Jon Caramanica wrote of the show in The New York Times: “There’s not likely to be a more meaningful, absorbing, forceful and radical performance by an American musician this year, or any year soon. It was rich with history, potently political and visually grand. By turns uproarious, rowdy, and lush. A gobsmacking marvel of choreography and musical direction.”
A live-album version of the 40 tracks that appear on the documentary has also been released. Homecoming: The Live Album includes two bonus tracks: A new cover of Before I Let Go, the 1981 song by Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, which appears in the end credits of the documentary, and an alternate version of I Been On.