Married since 2008, Knowles said she and Jay-Z (real name: Shawn Carter) made a conscious decision to hold off on starting a family.
"I never even realized I needed a year off. I never realized I don't know how to take a year off," she added. "I've been managed by my father for a long time, and it's been a real change being separated from him. It was scary, but it empowered me."