Superstar BeyoncÃ© Knowles rarely discusses her gay followers, but in a new interview the American singer admits that most of her fans are women and gay men.
“Most of my audience is actually women and my gay fans, and I’ve seen a lot of the younger boys kind of grow up to my music,” the 29-year-old told Pride Source magazine.
“It’s great when I’m able to do the meet and greets, because I’m able to really connect and have conversations,” she said.
Knowles revealed that she hopes that her gay fans will specifically connect with the song I Was Here on her new album 4.
“I hope that I’ve given them confidence [with I Was Here], and I hope that I’ve given them inspiration. I just want everyone to become a better person, and I hope that when they see me perform they can live out their fantasies and see my work ethic and apply it to their lives and be confident and proud.”
She added: “If anyone is brave and true to themselves, it’s my gay fans. The amount of confidence and fearlessness it takes to do what maybe is not what your parents expect you to do or what society may think is different – to be brave and be different and be to yourself – is just so beautiful.”
In 2006, Knowles told Instinct magazine that she would not have any problem if a future son turned out to be gay, saying, “[I’d] love him for the person he is with no expectations back”.