Beyonce has opened up about her hiatus from music in an article written for a U.S. magazine.
The pop superstar decided to take a nine-month extended vacation after working non-stop for several years and she has revealed she used her break to spend time with her family and husband Jay Z, visit museums, attend concerts and learn to cook.
She has written about her experiences for the latest issue of Essence magazine in an article titled "Eat, Play, Love" - a play on the book Eat, Pray, Love which became a movie starring Julia Roberts.
Beyonce writes, "I had talked about taking a vacation before, but always ended up in the studio after two weeks, so no one believed me. This time, though, I was serious. I was going to give myself a year to do the things I never get to do.
"Simple things like play with my nephew, pick him up from school, visit museums, go to concerts, see some Broadway shows, learn to cook a meal and spend time with my husband... Yes, I needed some relaxation, but I wanted inspiration too, from regular everyday things. They did not have to be over-the-top productions. I was looking for tiny moments that would speak to my heart and make me smile."