beyonce (hands on hips)*It’s been a year now since Beyoncé gave birth to her ‘mini-me’ and is finally addressing the fake pregnancy speculations.

The super star shared some of her feelings about that time in her life with GQ, but it all didn’t make the article.

However, some of it leaked.

“I felt like I kind of had to protect my mother, because when people made up the silliest rumor about me not really being pregnant, she was there when I went through all of those things. And my sister. They were very, very defensive. It’s not personal to me, and it comes along with the job, but the lack of respect-people will just go too far sometimes.”

When asked about her giving birth:

“When I gave birth, that was the first time I truly let go and surrendered. And it taught me how amazing that feels… giving birth made me realize the power of being a woman. I have so much more substance in my life. And expressing that excitement and that sensuality and the connection I have with my husband-I’m a lot more comfortable with that now. I actually feel like my child introduced me to myself.”

It’s quite apparent, especially with her latest cover photo that she’s stepped into a sexier, more confident self.