Beyonce and her baby bump have been everywhere lately. Since announcing she was expecting, she hasn’t slowed down one bit. From releasing new videos, to launching her perfume, and shopping for little Knowles-Carter, Bey remains in the spotlight.

Next month is no different. Beyonce covers the November issue of Harper’s Bazaar in a stunning Reed Krakoff dress and the notoriously private star talks candidly about motherhood and her marriage to Jay-Z.

Check out some highlights from the artcle

On pregnancy and motherhood:

“It was important to me that I gave myself time to focus on becoming the woman I want to be, building my empire, my relationship, and my self-worth, before I became a mother,” she says. “Now God has blessed us with the ultimate.”

On her husband, Jay-Z: 

“We have been together since I was 20 years old. We took our time and developed an unbreakable friendship before we got married. I admire his ability to inspire others. To me, Jay represents the American dream. Jay’s music has helped define our generation. All that he has overcome and worked to achieve gives millions hope that they can become whatever they want to be. I respect him so much; he is a great man and a great artist.”

On putting their marriage first: 

“We focused three years on our marriage and found that it brought us an even stronger bond and connection. But like anything great and successful in your life, marriage takes hard work and sacrifice. It has to be something both you and your husband deeply want. The best thing about marriage is the amount of growth you have because you can no longer hide from your fears and insecurities. There’s someone right there calling you out on your flaws and building you up when you need the support. If you are with the right person, it brings out the best version of you.”

 On coming into her own:

“I am finally at the stage in my life where I am not so concerned with other people’s opinions about my life decisions,” she says. “It is so liberating to really know what I want, what truly makes me happy, what I will not tolerate. I have learned that it is no one else’s job to take care of me but me.”

Check out behinds the scenes photos and video at the Harper’s Bazaar site.

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