Beyoncé – Virgin Until Age 23 (ish)October 23rd, 2011 by WTM.org Community
“People would be surprised as to the lack of experiences I’ve had. When I was 12 or 13 I had my first boyfriend, and he was my boyfriend until I was 17. At that age, that was a long time.
I’ve always been very loyal and a little more mature. Though I was too young for it to really be a boyfriend – we didn’t live together, we didn’t, you know . . . That was my only experience with a guy, and since then I’ve only had one other boyfriend in my life – Jay.”
People take different pathways to stardom. Some people get lucky. Some people are smart and hard-working. And a very few people are, plainly, born for it. Beyoncé Knowles is in that last category. By the age of 10 she had accomplished more as a musician than most do in a lifetime, and she kept building from there, all the way up into the stratosphere of mega-stardom.
When asked to describe herself in a word, Beyoncé chose “loyal”. She has proven that loyalty time and again: to her talent, and to her faith, and to her noble idea of love and relationships. To date, she has only had two boyfriends: Her childhood sweetheart and her now-husband, hip-hop legend Jay-Z.
Beyoncé’s Song about Waiting on Sex
Beyoncé’s song Yes describes what it’s like to be broken up with because you’re not ready to have sex. Have a listen below:
Born: September 4th, 1981 in Texas to parents Matthew (a professional record executive) and Tina (a costume designer and hair stylist).
Age 6: In elementary school, she enrolls in ballet and jazz classes. One day, her dance instructor starts humming a song and little Beyonce Knowles finishes it, hitting all the high-pitched parts that the other kids can’t reach. Soon after, she enters the school talent show for singing and wins it.
Age 7: Mentioned in the Houston Chronicle as a nominee for the local performing arts award.
Age 8: Meets future Grammy winner LaTavia Roberson at an audition for an all-group signing group. Together with friend (and future bandmate) Kelly Rowland, they are placed in a wrapping and dancing group called Girl’s Tyme.
Age 9: A major record label becomes interested in Girl’s Tyme, so flies them to California and puts them on StarSearch. They don’t win, but mostly because the song they choose to perform. Transfers to a music magnet school, where she will spend more time on stage in the choir.
Age 12: LeToya Luckett joins the band, which is renamed Destiny’s Child, based on a package in the Book of Isaiah.
Age 13: After opening for several mainstream R&B groups, Girl’s Tyme signs a record deal with Elektra Records.
Age 14: Attends a special high school for the performing arts. Her father resigns from his job to manage Destiny’s Child full time, reducing the family income in half and forcing the family to move into separate apartments. Her father establishes a kind of “boot camp” for the girls. Moves family to Atlanta, and then Elektra Records dumps them so they move back home to Texas. The strain is too great on the family, and her parents separate.
Age 15: Her family reunites
Age 16: Destiny’s Child is signed with Columbia Records, and record their first wide-release song Killing Time for the Men in Black soundtrack.
Age 17: Destiny’s Child releases debut album, which includes the song “No, No, No” which becomes their first major hit. Their self-titled album wins three Soul Train Awards.
Age 18: Releases Destiny Child’s second album, The Writing’s on The Wall. Album goes multi-platinum, sells 8 million copies, and wins two Grammys.
Age 19: LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson, who have been with Beyonce since before the age of 10, feel like they are being replaced. They file a lawsuit against the other band members for breach of contract and leave the group. The remaining member, Farray Franklin, gradually pulls away from the band because she’s disheartened by all the drama. The media blames Beyonce for the split up. Beyonce’s boyfriend, who had been with her since the age of 12, leaves her. Beyonce falls into a deep depression.
Age 20: Makes acting debut in the TV Movie Carmen. Releases third album with Destiny’s Child, Survivor, which includes several number-one hits like Bottylicious. Remaining members of the group announce that they will suspend the band so they can pursue solo careers.
Age 21: Stars in Austin Powers in Goldmember as Foxxy Cleopatra. Records first solo single, Work It Out, for the soundtrack. Starts dating Jay-Z.
Age 22: Stars in The Fighting Tempatations. Releases first solo album, which births five consecutive top-five hits, including two number-one hits, and wins five Grammys.
Age 23: Rejoins other members of Destiny’s Child to release their final album, Destiny Fulfilled, which peaks at number two on the Billboard 200 and goes triple-platinum.
Age 24: Goes on tour with Destiny’s Child for the last time, then disbands.
Age 25: Temporarily reuninites with Destiny’s Child to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Stars with Steve Martin in The Pink Panther. Releases her second studio album, B’Day, which hits number one and goes triple-platinum. Also stars in Dream Girls with Jamie Fox and Eddie Murphy. Listed with Jay-Z as Time Magazine’s Most Powerful Couple.
Age 26: Marries Jay-Z. Wins two Golden Globes for Dream Girls. Goes on her first solo concert tour, The Beyonce Experience.
Age 27: Releases third album, I Am Sasha Fierce, which wins six Gammys
Age 28: Ranks with Jay-Z as Forbe’s top-earning couple in Hollywood, with a combined totaly income of $162 million (they also made the list again with $122 million the next year).
Age 29: Listed at #3 on Forbes’ Top-Earning Musicians. Releases fourth consecutive number-one album. Decides to take a break from music for a while.
Age 30: Announces at the MTV Video Music Awards that she is pregnant with her first child.
Interesting facts about Beyoncé
- Her mother’s maiden name is Beyoncé, which was the inspiration for her name.
- She was home schooled
- She prays before every performance