Beyoncé: Call Me Mrs. Carter

Some adore her as Bey; others adulate her as Queen B. But nowadays, Beyoncé embraces one name above all the rest.

“I feel like Mrs. Carter is who I am, but more bold and more fearless than I’ve ever been,” the Grammy-winning singer says of taking the surname of her husband, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, in the May issue of Vogue U.K, according to The Huffington Post.

Though they tied the knot five years ago, Beyoncé has only publicly assumed her married moniker as of late, from titling her highly-anticipated upcoming world tour The Mrs. Carter Show to referencing her wife status in her latest single, “Bow Down/I Been On.”

“It comes from knowing my purpose and really meeting myself once I saw my child,” she continues, once again crediting her 1-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, for helping her find herself. “I was like, ‘OK, this is what you were born to do’. The purpose of my body became completely different.”

Though she’s taking on Jay’s name, Beyoncé is still the same singer who once declared girls run the world. “I guess I am a modern-day feminist,” she explains. “I do believe in equality and that we have a way to go and it’s something that’s pushed aside and something that we have been conditioned to accept.”

But the singer who used to find strength in alter ego Sasha Fierce doesn’t want to pigeonhole herself. “Why do you have to choose what type of woman you are? Why do you have to label yourself anything?” she reasons. “I’m just a woman and I love being a woman.”

Next up for the newly-christened Mrs. Carter is her world tour, which kicks off April 15 and wraps at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. — home to her hubby’s NBA franchise the Nets, of which he is minority owner — on Aug. 5. And readying for such shows proves punishing.

“I’m always bruised somewhere — my legs, my hips,” she says of the rehearsing for concerts. “But you’ve already started so you’ve just gotta fight through it.”

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