May 12th, 2011
12:45 PM ET
In a new interview with Billboard, Beyoncé bares all about her latest album, professionally splitting from her manager dad, her upcoming role in "A Star Is Born" and why she got "Goofy" on a recent day off.
Slated for release in June, the singer's fourth solo offering is titled, appropriately enough, "4." It's a number that holds special meaning for Beyoncé.
"We all have special numbers in our lives, and 4 is that for me," she explains. "It's the day I was born. My mother's birthday, and a lot of my friends' birthdays, are on the fourth; April 4 is my wedding date."
The record is the first one she has made without her father, Mathew Knowles, acting as her manager, and Beyoncé insists their professional parting was amicable.
"It's not that anything bad happened between us. My family has my support always, and they support me, but when you've been working with the same people for 15 years, it's natural to eventually have your own ideas," she says. "We were at a point where we'd learned so much from each other, and now it's exciting for me to do this on my own and hire my own team. I've started managing myself."
Besides putting out "4," Beyoncé is also gearing up for director Clint Eastwood's latest take on the classic "A Star Is Born."
"It's a dream come true; I'm still in shock that it's really going to happen," she says. "Clint Eastwood is clearly the absolute best, and I'm so honored and humbled. I was in no rush to do another movie unless it was the right film, and I didn't even want to touch 'A Star is Born' unless it was with him. I actually learned that this project was in existence, and kind of claimed it. I want to get to work right now!"
Though her career constantly keeps her on the go, Beyoncé did recently enjoy a bit of downtime at Disneyland with her nephew.
"We rode all the rides, some of them twice, and it was my nephew's first time on a roller coaster," she says. "There were thousands of people there because it was Easter, but everyone was really polite and respectful, and let us walk around and have a great time. I had on the biggest Goofy hat! [laughs] It was supposed to be a disguise, with this big brim that covered my face, and floppy ears on the sides, but by the end of the trip I realized that people knew I was making a fool of myself in this hat. [laughs] It was a really nice memory for me."
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