VIDEO: Beyonce Discusses Cuba Controversy, Protecting Blue Ivy And Desire To Have More Kids

Beyonce and Amy Robach

Earlier today, Beyonce, who is currently on tour in the UK sat down with ABC News’ Amy Robach in London to discuss her upcoming new animated movie ‘Epic’ which she says is one of the first projects she took on after giving birth to Blue Ivy. During the interview, Beyonce also discussed the backlash she received last month while vacationing with her hubby Jay-Z in Cuba, as well as her plans to have more kids so that Blue Ivy can have some company.

A super cute part of the interview occurred when Beyonce claimed she wasn’t as high maintenance as people may think while showing off her store-bought press on nails.

Catch some highlights and the interview clip below:

On her trip to cuba and the backlash she and Jay-Z received
You know, it was such a beautiful trip. I met some incredible children. I visited some incredible entrepreneurs. And it was really, it was really educational for me. I learned so much about so many people and the country, and it was actually quite shocking.

On her upcoming new animation film ‘Epic’
You know, I was so honored when they asked for me to do this role. And I was actually pregnant at the time. And I thought, ‘You know, by the time this comes out my daughter will understand it’s my voice and what an incredible, cool point.

It’s such a beautiful role and it has so much depth. You know, it’s so emotional and I literally, I was crying when I did the voiceover. And it was the first thing I did after giving birth. And there’s a scene where I pick the pod. And literally there were tears falling [down my face]. I imagined seeing her for the first time and it was really emotional. The perfect first job for me.

On not being as high maintenance as many might assume
You know, at the end of the day you’re the same exact person. You know, I still like the simple things. Like, I have on my press-on nails right now. I have on my store-bought press-on nails. But my color, my paint is professionally done.

On her ultimate goal
I just want happiness and I want great friends and — and great family.

On whether she plans on having more kids and protecting Blue Ivy
I would like more children, I think my daughter needs some company. I definitely love being big sister. And I am very protective. I just want to make sure that she can have a healthy, safe, normal life … in the back of my mind, she’s my priority. And life is completely different now. So I’m — I feel really, really just lucky that I can still do what I love, and now have a way bigger meaning. And that’s to be her mother.

NEW MUSIC: Jay-Z – Open Letter

We may not get that Beyoncé-directed, Beyoncé-produced, and Beyoncé-starring documentary about the Grammy winner’s recent trip to Cuba that we had been hoping for, but Beyoncé’s husband, Jay-Z, who was also on the “cultural” excursion, has just issued a song addressing the recent controversy. Titled “Open Letter,” Jay-Z raps, “I done turned Havana into Atlanta” and “Boy from the hood, I got White House clearance . . . Politicians never did shit for me except lie to me, distort history . . . They wanna give me jail time and a fine. Fine, let me commit a real crime.”

On Wednesday, the Treasury Department indicated that officials there did, indeed, authorize the visit as an “educational exchange trip” but did not realize that Beyoncé and Jay-Z were the travelers in question. A spokesperson told Politico on Wednesday, “[T]hat while a travel organizer submitted a request for a Cuba cultural trip, the request did not include a list of attendees.”

Although Beyoncé and Jay-Z hosted a fund-raiser for Barack Obama last September and Beyoncé memorably sang at his most recent inauguration, their travel-planning apparently had nothing to do with the president. The White House has confirmed that the Treasury Department gave the go-ahead for the visit. Nevertheless, Jay-Z does name-drop the president in his new song. “Hear the freedom in my speech,” he raps, “Obama said, ‘Chill you gonna get me impeached.’ You don’t need this shit anyway, chill with me on the beach.”

As for Jay-Z’s personal review of the island, he notes in “Open Letter”: “I’m in Cuba, I love Cubans. This communist talk is so confusing.”

Earlier this week, two Florida Republicans, Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Senator Marco Rubio, criticized the high-profile couple’s trip to Cuba and demanded more details from the Obama administration.

Via Vanity Fair