Beyonce’s ‘Life Is But A Dream’ HBO Doc: Perfect Or Too Polished?

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By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Beyonce’s highly-anticipated “Life Is But a Dream” documentary premiered Saturday night on HBO. In the film, which was also executive produced, directed and narrated by Beyonce, the superstar opens up about her career and personal life. But even though she shared new tidbits, was it still a bit too polished?

In the doc Bey shares highlights her struggles with her father Mathew Knowles and how their relationship suffered after firing him in 2011, her previous miscarriage (“I picked out names. I envisioned what my child would look like… Literally the week before, I went to the doctor, everything was fine, but there was no heartbeat… It was the saddest thing I’ve ever been through” she remembers) and finally finding happiness with the birth of her daughter Blue Ivy. She even responds to the rumors that her pregnancy was falsified, calling it “the most ridiculous rumor I’ve ever heard about me.”

Bey shares some private times with her husband Jay-Z for fans, including a moment in which the duo are singing Coldplay’s “Yellow” a cappella. In one particularly touching scene, Bey gives a toast at Jay-Z’s birthday party, saying “He taught me how to be a woman. He taught me how to live…I thank God for you everyday.”

Despite Bey giving some new personal insights, the doc at times felt overly polished (much like her Instagram account) but the Beyhive wasn’t disappointed.

Fans on Twitter gushed over the uber personal moments in the documentary. “Jay and Beyonce are the cutest!” tweeted Toya Wright, Lil Wayne’s ex while other fans chimed in “These home vids of B and Jay have me crying like a baby#lifeisbutadream” and “That documentary was so inspiring. I knew I loved you for a reason. You are nothing short of amazing.”

Prior to the airing, Beyonce sat down with Oprah for “Oprah’s Next Chapter.” In the interview, Beyonce confessed that she does want another child and that she gained over 50 lbs during her pregnancy with Blue Ivy. ” “I did a show three months after giving birth, which was really crazy,” she said. “I had clearly never given birth, and I didn’t know that I would gain 60 pounds — yeah, 57 pounds. But, I really wanted to know and I feel so fortunate to do my job. I love my job. I love singing. I love the way it feels.”