Beyoncé recently revealed something that feels so on brand, I almost feel like she consulted with a team of brand consultants whose pitch meeting came down to literal bees, or a 20-acre lemon grove that supplies fruit for a high-end bottle lemonade company she also runs, called Beyoncé’s Lemonade. Beyoncé recently spoke to British Vogue about being Beyoncé and finding her joy, and we learned that part of her joy involves keeping two actual beehives at her house.
Beyoncé was asked to reveal a surprising fact about herself by British Vogue’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, who conducted the interview. Beyonce’s answer was pretty simple, and that’s that her giant multi-million dollar compound is the home to two beyhives. Excuse me, beehives.
“I know it’s random, but I have two beehives. Real ones. I’ve had them at my house for a while now. I have around 80,000 bees and we make hundreds of jars of honey a year. I started the beehives because my daughters, Blue and Rumi, both have terrible allergies, and honey has countless healing properties.”
The health effects of raw honey are long and very alleged in nature (there’s no real proof it’s a cure-all for some things it allegedly works to cure). But generally, it’s agreed that honey can help due to the antioxidants. Some people use it for burns and wounds, or skin issues, like eczema, and it may help with allergies due to the honey containing pollen. Some other facts I know about honey is that it’s yummy, it’s a song by Mariah Carey, and a movie starring Jessica Alba. And now you know everything about honey.
Beyoncé having bees sounds like a fun little project for her and the kids, and bless her for doing her part to keep the bee population alive while so many bees are dropping dead all around us. But I can’t help but feel a little sympathy for those poor bees. It must bee (I’m sorry) so confusing for them. Bees are used to serving one queen and one queen only. And there they are, faced with a Queen Bee and a Queen Bey. Who do they answer to?! The enigmatic, beloved female creature acknowledged and embraced as the almighty sovereign and mother of the hive, or some bee?
Pic: Kennedi Carter/British Vogue