5 Bizarre Things GQ Found Out About Beyonce

Beyonce at the BET Awards, July 2012. (Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images For BET)Now that the hoopla over her underboob photo shoot has died down a tiny bit, GQ reveals a few fascinating quirks about Beyonce.

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1. She has an archive of everything she's ever done. And we mean everything -- publicity photos from the Destiny's Child era, raw interview footage, recordings of all of her concerts, even personal diary entries recorded on her laptop -- all kept in a temperature-controlled digital-storage facility down the hall from her office. And if you're talking to her, you're agreeing to have that conversation recorded for posterity as well.

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2. She's her own stalker. Her personal library -- which she rightly calls her "crazy archive" -- holds much more than music videos and paparazzi snapshots. "Beyoncé's inner sanctum also contains thousands of hours of private footage, compiled by a 'visual director' Beyoncé employs who has shot practically her every waking moment, up to sixteen hours a day, since 2005," GQ reveals. "In this footage, Beyoncé wears her hair up, down, with bangs, and without. In full makeup and makeup-free, she can be found shaking her famous ass onstage, lounging in her dressing room, singing Coldplay's 'Yellow' to Jay-Z over an intimate dinner, and rolling over sleepy-eyed in bed."

3. She's also her own harshest critic. "When she's on tour, every night she heads back to her hotel room with a DVD of the show she's just performed," GQ reveals. "Before going to sleep, she watches that show, critiquing herself, her dancers, her cameramen. The next morning, everyone receives pages of notes."

4. She writes the titles of her songs first. "I used to start with lyrics and then I'd find tracks -- often it was something I had in my head, and it just so happened to go with the melody," she says. "Now I write with other writers. It starts with the title or the concept of what I'm trying to say, and then I'll go into the booth and sing my idea. Then we work together to layer on."

5. She loves being onstage because it's the only time she's on auto-pilot. She's practiced her songs and her moves so many times, that when she's performing "It's like a blackout," she explains. "When I'm onstage, I don't know what the crap happens. I am gone."

And one thing that comes as no surprise to anyone: "I truly believe that women should be financially independent from their men," she tells GQ. "And let's face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define value. They define what's sexy. And men define what's feminine. It's ridiculous."

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