Beyonce Knowles Addresses Pregnancy Rumors in GQ Magazine

Beyonce Knowles is gracing the February cover of GQ magazine where she is opening up about battling rumors of a fake pregnancy, how becoming a mother has changed her life and how former group Destiny's Child impacted her.

Knowles, 31-year-old chart topping singer is the mother of one-year-old Blue Ivy Carter. Yet, she sparked rumors that she was never pregnant when her stomach appeared to deflate during an appearance on an Australian talk show in Oct. 2011. While the singer never gave much attention to the rumors publicly, she did speak about the gossip affecting her family in the February issue of GQ.

"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," Knowles admitted. "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."

While Knowles has not taken much time to address the gossip surrounding her not being pregnant, she has been vocal about her daughter who she says has changed her life.

"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," Knowles said of her one-year-old daugher. "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."

The singer first began her music career singing in the Grammy Award-winning music group Destiny's Child. Although the group later disbanded, she spoke to GQ about the group members forever being a part of her family.

"The members of Destiny's Child were my family, and still are my family. Unlike solo artists that started out, my foundation is being in a group and being with other women that needed-we needed each other so much. I mean, it's harmony," Knowles told the publication. "And we were super tight. We could walk into a room and not give each other the key and sing in perfect harmony. It gives me chills. So that union, that unity, that sisterhood, it is how I grew up."