Honey, not that frustrated. We’ve seen the new videos!
With a new upgraded B-Day album (with videos and everything!), the DVD of Dreamgirls and a tour hitting London soon, Beyonce has – as they say on the streets – got it goin’ on! We talked to her about being a gay icon, learning from drag queens and why Barbra Streisand is gangsta!
Your hair must have been wrecked after doing all these new videos for the deluxe edition back to back!
Oh yes! And my nails! They were so tired and sprayed and parted and moussed and coloured and all of those things.
It’s a lot of stuff to have turned out!
Absolutely. It was eight new videos in two weeks. For ‘Beautiful Liar’ we didn’t have a lot of time to learn choreography, so they put me and Shakira in a room together for about two hours and we just came up with the choreography and played off the fact that we look similar. It was really cool because I don’t even know who is who sometimes. I had that track when I did the original B-Day but I didn’t put it on because I didn’t have Shakira and I was like, ‘I’m not taking over on this. We have to do it together.’
And you’ve got the DVD of Dreamgirls. Did you speak to Diana Ross about the movie?
She said that she was so happy I was playing this part and she’s a big fan. She actually gave me her number but I was way too horrified to call her because I’m such a big fan. But the movie is not her. She’s the inspiration but obviously a lot of the things in the movie never happened to her.
Did you see Lady Sings the Blues [Diana's first movie]?
Of course! I’ve seen it a hundred times. She’s an amazing actor.
But then Mahogany… [her second movie, the one RuPaul takes the piss out of in the 'Supermodel' video]
I liked Mahogany! [Laughing] Don’t you talk about Diana like that!
Do you like the other gay icons?
I love Madonna! I watched a lot of her tours when I’m thinking of inspiration for tours.
You’re on tour in the UK soon…
I love this new show. There’s jazz, there’s classical, there’s a little bit of rock, a little bit of reggae, a little bit of hip hop. I thimk it’s the most eclectic thing I’ve done.
What about old-school gay icons like Bette Midler? Do you like them?
Oh, my mother loved Bette Midler, so I heard it over and over and over again.
I love Barbra Streisand! She has so much class and is so iconic and is just in a class of her own.
Everyone used to diss her for being too hard…
I don’t think so. She’s beautiful. She’s hot! She’s gangsta! I love it.
Do you see yourself as a gay icon?
I definitely hope so! I get a lot of my influences, a lot of my lingo, a lot of my mannerisms from watching the drag balls.
What is it about drag queens?
It’s so over-the-top. And I’m a frustrated drag queen! Absolutely! The more hair and the more lashes the better!
B-Day Deluxe is out now. Dreamgirls is out on DVD from Monday. She hits Wembley Arena on 3rd and 4th June (that’s Sunday week!)