Beyoncé on discovering she’s related to a slave owner: ‘I had to process that revelation over time’

The star opened up about her ancestry in a new interview

Beyoncé has discussed her reaction to finding out she is related to a slave owner.

The star opened up about her ancestry in a new interview with Vogue, whose September Issue cover she appears on.

Speaking about her family, she said: “I come from a lineage of broken male-female relationships, abuse of power, and mistrust. Only when I saw that clearly was I able to resolve those conflicts in my own relationship. Connecting to the past and knowing our history makes us both bruised and beautiful.”

Beyoncé said she had recently researched her ancestry and discovered she “[came] from a slave owner who fell in love with and married a slave.” “I had to process that revelation over time,” she said. “I questioned what it meant and tried to put it into perspective. I now believe it’s why God blessed me with my twins.”

She added: “Male and female energy was able to coexist and grow in my blood for the first time. I pray that I am able to break the generational curses in my family and that my children will have less complicated lives.”

The singer also shared one of her highlights from the On The Run II tour so far. She revealed that the show she and her husband Jay-Z had performed in Berlin had been “memorable” because it took place at the city’s Olympiastadion. “This is a site that was used to promote the rhetoric of hate, racism, and divisiveness, and it is the place where Jesse Owens won four gold medals, destroying the myth of white supremacy,” she explained.

Beyoncé also recently shared a rare photo of her young twins, Rumi and Sir. A number of photos taken on the European leg of the On The Run II tour appeared on the star’s website last month, including images of Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and their eldest daughter Blue Ivy, as well as the couple’s one-year-olds.