"[Being pregnant] already has changed my life. My husband and I have been together for 10 years, all of my 20s," she said. "I just feel like it's time, and I'm very grateful that God has blessed me with the biggest gift any human can have."
Married since 2008, Knowles said she and Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, made a conscious decision to hold off on starting a family.
"I never even realized I needed a year off. I never realized I don't know how to take a year off," she added. "I've been managed by my father for a long time, and it's been a real change being separated from him. It was scary, but it empowered me."
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