Becoming Beyoncé — famed celebrity biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli’s take on the life of Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter — has finally arrived. When news of the book first broke almost a year ago, fans and entertainment-industry voyeurs collectively salivated over what might be revealed, especially because the now-infamous elevator incident was barely six months old. While the book doesn’t exactly reveal anything earth-shattering, it does provide a better understanding of what makes Beyoncé tick. None of it is conclusive — remember, unauthorized — but Taraborrelli did his due diligence in attempting to demystify Queen Bey. He hired a private investigator who spoke with many, many people in Beyoncé’s life, who together had enough stories to fill nearly 500 pages of text.
In a nutshell, she was groomed for the spotlight practically since birth, and that lack of normalcy has followed her through the last 30-odd years. It’s no wonder that some onlookers have criticized Beyoncé for being robotic, but “guarded” is probably the more appropriate descriptor, and in Becoming Beyoncé, you learn how that defense mechanism first took shape. Below are the 15 craziest things you learn from cracking open Taraborrelli’s textbook. The Beyhive may roll their eyes and say, “I knew that already,” but the mere mortals who just casually love Beyoncé might learn a thing or two.
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