Beyoncé’s 2018 Coachella performance was jaw-droppingly memorable and most importantly — symbolic. At one point during her two-hour-long set, Queen Bey declared (via Fortune):, “Coachella, thank you for allowing me to be the first black woman to headline.” Unapologetically proud of her roots and culture, she paid tribute to Nina Simone, included quotes from Malcolm X, and even performed “Lift Every Voice and Sing” — a song commonly dubbed the “Black American National Anthem.” Perhaps DJ Khaled said it best when he declared that the festival “gotta rename Coachella the Beychella.” Fans totally lapped it up.
In addition to, you know, casually making history, fans were also quick to notice something else about Beyoncé – she was insanely ripped. Considering she gave birth to twins merely eight months before the Indo, Calif. show, viewers were left mouth agog at just how fantastic and fit Bey looked.
Fast-forward to one year later, in April 2019, when Beyoncé released Homecoming, a concert doc of her momentous Coachella performance. Besides giving the Beyhive a chance to watch the performance, fans also had the opportunity to get into the singer’s head as she narrates the entire process. She even offers insight into how she gained her rockin’ bod back! Behold: This is how Beyoncé got ripped for Coachella.
Her diet was extremely intense
There’s a reason why Beyoncé looks totally ripped — her diet is literally no joke. In fact, fans couldn’t believe the grueling diet Beyoncé stuck to for her Coachella prep. As she revealed in the Homecoming documentary, “In order for me to meet my goals, I’m limiting myself to no bread, no carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no meat, no fish, no alcohol … I’m hungry.”
The star allegedly has some pretty intense demands backstage too. An insider told the Daily Star that Bey demands hand-carved ice balls to suck on and insists that zero junk food finds its way to her environs. If she does get peckish, snacks on-hand can include “glass platters of almonds and oatcakes,” along with a “strict green-only policy” when it comes to the salad bar. According to the tab’s source, Bey is “extremely regimented and is taking everything extremely seriously, so she expects her list of demands to be adhered to.” Although those backstage diet needs seem rather sensible, she does have one alleged diva request that had us scratching our heads. According to the Daily Star’s digging, she’s been known to ask for “special titanium straws which are used to drink a special alkaline water that’s served at exactly 21 degrees.” Okay then.
Rehearsals sometimes lasted more than ten hours
The rehearsals for Beychella were absolutely exhausting and spanned a total of eight months! As revealed in Homecoming, Bey’s preparations began with four months of rehearsals with the band, followed by four more months of dance rehearsals. One of her dancers, Amandy Fernandez, talked about the process with Oprah magazine: “We rehearsed like eight-plus hours a day — sometimes 10 hours or 12.”
As hard as those practices must have been for the dancers, you can all but guarantee they were equally rough for Beyoncé. In the documentary, she spoke about the difficulty of coming back to rehearse right after giving birth. “It’s hard,” she said. “There were days that I thought I would never be the same. I would never be the same physically, my strength and endurance would never be the same.” The star also noted how rough rehearsals felt in the beginning — she suffered from muscle spasms and a general feeling that her body “was not connected.”
At the end of the day, Bey is a total queen, and her motivation is incredible. In a documentary clip that shows the grueling beginnings of the performance process, audiences watch as Beyoncé wraps up a break and declares: “Eventually, I want to be able to SoulCycle, the stairs, and rehearse in a day.”
Her attitude helped her persevere
Before hurling yourself into an extreme diet, it’s essential to love your body no matter what and maintain a positive outlook on your goals. Bey did just that for her Coachella prep, telling Vogue: “I became vegan temporarily, gave up coffee, alcohol, and all fruit drinks. But I was patient with myself and enjoyed my fuller curves … I think it’s important for women and men to see and appreciate the beauty in their natural bodies.”
It’s the little wins that kept her on course, too. Homecoming gave us an adorable glimpse into an ecstatic Beyoncé — 33 days before the big performance — gushing to the camera: “Okay, this is seriously a huge accomplishment because I did not think I would ever get back to my old costume and I’m actually in it! I can still move! I still have a ways to go, but this makes me feel good because I’ve been sacrificing, working hard. Huge, huge, huge accomplishment.” We guarantee that anyone who’s a part of her Beyhive was beaming right along with her!
Hydration, hydration, hydration!
Wonder why Bey is always glowing? Part of her wellness formula involves drinking a ton of water. In an interview with People, Bey explained how her life has changed since being a mom. “I try to take care of myself, drinking at least a gallon of water with lemon a day and making sure to take my vitamins.”
Clearly an H20 fanatic, the “Lemonade” singer has gone even further in her quest for hydration by spicing things up with a little bit of flavor. She investing in a cold-pressed watermelon water startup, known as WTRMLN WTR. According to Fortune, she issued a statement calling the company “the future of clean, natural hydration.” She added, “This is more than an investment in a brand, it’s an investment in female leaders, fitness, American farmers, and the health of people and our planet.”
Anyone else suddenly singing Bey’s 2013 hit “Drunk in Love,” which includes the verse: “I’ve been drinking, watermelon.” We have a feeling she won’t be stopping anytime soon.