Beyoncé celebrated her 35th birthday yesterday by sharing the full standalone video for “Hold Up” on YouTube.
The clip, which won the VMA’s Best Female Video award last week, has been plucked from the singer’s iconic, hour-long visual album Lemonade. Despite initially only being viewable on Tidal, it has now been posted to Vevo; making it freely available to all fans who have yet to see her smash shit up with a baseball bat.
The video, which runs over five minutes, opens with Beyoncé reading a poem from Somali-born Brit Warsan Shire. “I tried to change,” the singer recites. “Closed my mouth more, tried to be softer, prettier, less awake. Fasted for 60 days, wore white, abstained from mirrors, abstained from sex, slowly did not speak another word.”
“I grew thickened skin on my feet, I bathed in bleach, and plugged my menses with pages from the holy book, but still inside me, coiled deep, was the need to know ... Are you cheating on me?”