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Beyonce on Pregnancy: 'God Has Blessed Us With the Ultimate'

Beyonce Knowles
Terry Richardson for Harper's Bazaar

"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.

Beyonce is opening up about her pregnancy in the November issue of Harper's Bazaar.

“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,” the singer and actress, 30, who is due in February, tells the magazine, which hits stands on Oct. 25. "Now God has blessed us with the ultimate.”

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Of her husband, Jay-Z, whom she wed in 2008, she says, "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," she adds. "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.”

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Marriage has not been easy, though, she admits.

"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," she says.

"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.”

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The Grammy winner says she's in a good place.

"I am finally at the stage in my life where I am not so concerned with other people’s opinions about my life decisions. 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," she says.

Terry Richardson for Harper's Bazaar