Friday, August 5, 2011

Beyonce admits angering Egyptian men with live performance

Pop superstar Beyonce has revealed how an Egyptian concert didn't go quite to plan after the local men were angered by their wives dancing along to the songs.

The Best Thing I Never Had singer told the story of how she was surprised to see the Egyptian women enjoying themselves whilst wearing burkas, even if it did upset their partners.

Despite protests from Islamic groups ahead of the concert who did not approve of her risqué routines, the 29-year-old's gig at Port Ghalib on the Red Sea was a big success.

In a new interview with Harper's Bazaar UK, she said: 'There were a lot of women in the audience in burkas. They were singing along to Irreplaceable - it was amazing!

'Some of the men got really upset! They were like to their women, 'We have to get you out of here!'... I guess some of them [men] do get annoyed. But I never want to do 'the banner thing'.'

The star also suggested that she needs to rebrand feminism.

Asked if she is a feminist, Bey said: 'I don't really feel that it's necessary to define it. It's just something that's kind of natural for me.

'I feel like... you's, like, what I live for. I need to find a catchy new word for feminism, right? Like Bootylicious.'

The wife of US rapper Jay-Z went on to open up about women she admires, admitting her good friend Gwyneth Paltrow, 38, is her role model.

Beyonce added: 'She pushes her boundaries all the time. You go to her house and she makes you feel like you never want to go home. She is what I strive to be one day.'

And it seems like Gwyneth is just as appreciative of her pal.

She said: 'She is what it means to be a superstar. No one else can sing and dance like that, while having humour and genuine bursting sweetness. She has her own recipe for it.

'I wanted my own character [in Country Strong], to have some of that mega-wattage. So I studied B. She was my homework.'

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