Beyonce Slams Surrogacy Rumors: I’m Not “That Vain”

Beyonce speaks at the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show Press Conference at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on January 31, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Beyonce unflinchingly parses through fact and fiction about her high-profile pregnancy in Life Is But a Dream, her new HBO documentary that debuts later this month. As Us Weekly revealed on Thursday (Jan. 31), the 31-year-old opens up candidly in the film about the miscarriage she and husband Jay-Z endured before the successful January 2012 birth of daughter Blue Ivy.

The singer also puts to rest, once and for all, persistent speculation that she used a surrogate to carry Blue Ivy; conspiracy theorists harshly claimed that Beyonce even sported a false baby bump in the nine months leading up to her baby's birth.

 "To think that I would be that vain," the Grammy winner retorts in the film. "I respect mothers and women so much. To be able to experience bringing a child into this world, if you're lucky and fortunate enough to experience that, I would never ever take that for granted."

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Miss America Mallory Hagen and Beyonce visit Radio Row at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on January 31, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Kevin Mazur/

She says of carrying a child: "It's the most powerful thing you can do in your life — and especially after losing a child, the pain and trauma from that just makes it mean that much more . . . A child, you don't play around with that."

Calling her miscarriage the "saddest thing I've ever been through," becoming a mother to Blue became a truly life-defining moment. "My baby was born out of a conflict in my life and that struggle had to be settled. I wouldn't have gone through the pain if I hadn't gone down the path," she surmises. "There's something so relieving about life taking over you like that. You're playing a part in a much bigger show and that's what life is, it's the greatest show on earth . . . I felt like god was giving me a chance to assist in a miracle."

Beyonce plays the Super Bowl halftime show in New Orleans this Sunday, Feb. 3. Singing the National Anthem live at a press conference for the event on Thursday (Jan. 31), she also acknowledged that she used a pre-recorded track while singing the same song. "I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra. It was a live television show… Due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check… I did not feel comfortable singing live."

Still, this Sunday, she "absolutely" will be singing live, she assured reporters.

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