Beyonce's video for Partition was inspired by a trip to a strip club on the day Jay Z proposed. Who says romance is dead?
The XO hitmaker, who has always been extremely private about her relationship with her rapper husband of almost six years and initially refused to confirm they got married in a secret ceremony in New York City in April 2008, has revealed he popped the question to her on his birthday on December 4, 2007. The 32-year-old then whisked him off to the "avant-garde cabaret club", Crazy Horse, to - you know - celebrate the occasion.
In her fourth YouTube mini-documentary entitled 'Liberation,' explaining her new music and videos, Beyoncé said: "The day that I got engaged was my husband's birthday, and I took him to Crazy Horse and I remember thinking 'Damn, these girls are fly.' I just thought it was the ultimate sexy show. I was like, 'I wish I was up there, I wish I could perform that for my man.' So that's what I did for the video." Wow, from not telling us about the wedding to this. My, Beyonce, you're spoiling us. Bit too much.
And thus Partition was born. You can see a clip below - if you're not in work, that is. It's the kind of thing your boss may frown upon. By the by, they're calling it a 'teaser' which is gas because bugger all's been left to the imagination.
Beyonce, whose self-titled fifth solo album was released on iTunes with no warning last month and sold 828,773 digital copies in just three days, is eager to show that she's still got it in her new music videos for her 'visual album'. In short, she's slimmed down to 9 stone since giving birth to the couple's daughter, Blue Ivy (she turns two on Tuesday), and she wants to show it off.
She said: "Just because you become a mother it doesn't mean you lose who you are. I was very aware of the fact that I was showing my body. I was 195 pounds (14 stone) when I gave birth. I lost 65 pounds. I worked crazily to get my body back. I wanted to show my body. I wanted to show that you can have a child and you can work hard and you can get your body back."
I love how rich celebrities keep banging on about how motherhood doesn't change who you are... That aside, if your job depends on you showing off your body (that's still open for debate; she's a singer, not a stripper), then yes, work your arse off. My work involves sitting at a laptop in my jammies, hence why I'm still 11 stone.