“When you’re famous, no one looks at you as a human anymore. You become the property of the public. There’s nothing real about it.”

At the end of the year, many of us find ourselves taking emotional inventory of the last twelve months, and it appears Beyonce is no exception. This week, Mrs. Carter has released a new short film, “Yours and Mine,” where she elaborates on all the themes from last year’s self-titled album: fame, love, marriage, feminism, body image and even death.

In a clever bid to promote the platinum edition of her album (released last month), Bey shows intimate behind the scenes footage from her videos — all in black and white — while a voice over lets us into her reflections on her life so far. She even addresses her reluctance to call herself a feminist, a choice that has sparked much debate this year.

“I always considered myself a feminist, although I was always afraid of that word, because people put so much on it when honestly, it’s very simple,” she explained. “It’s just a person that believes in equality for men and women. Men and women balance each other out, and we have to get to a point where we are comfortable with appreciating each other.”