Beyoncé Opens Up on Her Struggles with Insomnia, Diets, and the Physical Toll of Touring

Beyoncé is being upfront about her health challenges as a mother, performer, and public personality throughout the years. The singer, 39, spoke with Harper’s Bazaar and was featured in the magazine’s ICONS issue, devoting a significant portion of her interview to discussing the importance of mental and physical wellness.

“I think like many women; I have felt the pressure of being the backbone of my family and my company and didn’t realize how much that takes a toll on my mental and physical well-being,” she said. “I have not always made myself a priority.”

Without going into depth, she stated, “I’ve personally struggled with insomnia from touring for more than half of my life. Years of wear and tear on my muscles from dancing in heels. The stress on my hair and skin, from sprays and dyes to the heat of a curling iron and wearing heavy makeup while sweating on stage.”

After years of enduring the physical toll of going on tours, Beyoncé says she’s “picked up many secrets and techniques… to look my best for every show.” Still, she realized, “I know that to give the best of me, I have to take care of myself and listen to my body.”

However, she was not always so attuned to her wellness. Beyoncé previously told Harper’s Bazaar that she struggled with her body image in particular.

“In the past, I spent too much time on diets,” she said, explaining that she used to have a “misconception that self-care meant exercising and being overly conscious of my body.”

In a 2019 YouTube video, the singer described stepping on the scale as “every woman’s nightmare” before revealing her before-weight of 175 lbs. Beyoncé shared in the clip that she was on a “no bread, no carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no meat, no fish, no alcohol,” admitting, “I’m hungry.”

She now claims to take a more holistic approach.

“My health, the way I feel when I wake up in the morning, my peace of mind, the number of times I smile, what I’m feeding my mind and my body — those are the things that I’ve been focusing on,” she said.