AOL: Do you have empathy for embattled celebrities who suffer because of the paparazzi?
Beyonce: I'm very very fortunate and very blessed to do what I love, and I feel like I was born to do this. I feel like [with] anything wonderful, there's a lot of hard work. There [are] a lot of things you have to sacrifice and privacy is one of the things I have to sacrifice. I try not to complain about it. I believe happiness is a choice and I chose to focus on all the amazing people I'm able to touch. And I still live my life. Of course I'm cautious about things sometimes -- I can't go to certain places. I have like a 20-minute window and I know the paparazzi or the fans will start swarming. It's sometimes disappointing if I want to have a date or if I want to take my nephew to the park, or have just a normal day. But the good outweighs the bad. I feel like it's just been a part of my personality to always be private. Even in school, I didn't tell anyone I had a record deal, I didn't tell anyone I sang, and I feel like it's protected me a lot. People have been respectful and sometimes it's difficult, but people have to do their jobs. Whatever your hustle is, I respect that. I'm able to do what my hustle is, and that's sing and perform and bring music to the world.
AOL: When was the last time you were completely alone?
Beyonce: The last time I was completely alone was probably yesterday. I have my moments alone -- it's important. Every morning I try to lay in bed and try to think about what I did the day before and what I have to do. I do my own therapy and analyzing, so I can be smarter, stronger and a better woman.
AOL: The 'I Am' portion of the album is pretty emotional. When was the last time you cried?
Beyonce: 'I Am' -- that portion of the record is very emotional, very touching and very vulnerable. I'm an emotional person. I'm really sensitive. Whenever there's someone in the room crying, I cry. When I watch a Hallmark commercial, I cry. I think it's one of my gifts; I'm able to connect emotionally to people and it doesn't take a lot.
AOL: What would your mother say is your worst habit?
Beyonce: My mother would say my worst habit is definitely being messy. They call me Hurricane Beyonce -- whenever I walk in a room, you give it about 10 minutes, my purse, my shoes -- everything -- is all over the place. I'm extremely organized with my work. I'm very detail-oriented and a little bit crazy. So when I come home I don't want to think about anything. I don't want to be put together. I just completely destroy everything.