Beyoncé opened up about her family’s relationship “curse”—and how she’s trying to break it

The September 2018 issue of Vogue just dropped, and its cover star is none other than Beyoncé, who reportedly also had unprecedented creative control over the issue. In the cover story, released today, August 6th, Queen Bey addressed everything from her pregnancy with twins Sir and Rumi to her iconic Coachella performance. And in one of the most eye-opening portions of her interview, the singer revealed what she considers to be the “generational curses” faced by women in her family.

Beyoncé talked about her family’s history and her “lineage of broken male-female relationships.” But the singer said that knowing her family’s difficult history has helped her break the cycle for the future.

"I come from a lineage of broken male-female relationships, abuse of power, and mistrust," she told Vogue's Clover Hope."Only when I saw that clearly was I able to resolve those conflicts in my own relationship. Connecting to the past and knowing our history makes us both bruised and beautiful."

The singer went on to explain that in researching her genealogy, she learned that one of her ancestors was a slave owner who “fell in love with and married a slave.” She said it was difficult for her to process this information and that she had “questioned what it meant and tried to put it in perspective.” Ultimately, she said that she was hopeful her children would be able to escape a toxic cycle of love marred by oppressive power dynamics.

"I now believe it’s why God blessed me with my twins. Male and female energy was able to coexist and grow in my blood for the first time," she said. "I pray that I am able to break the generational curses in my family and that my children will have less complicated lives."

The Lemonade singer noted that she hopes to raise her son to “have a high emotional IQ” to help reverse historical gender dynamics. We believe in you, Bey, and we thank you for shining light on this important issue.

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