Beyonce. Picture: Instagram/Tyler Mitchell

Beyoncé likes "to be free", and hates having "too much structure" in her life as it makes her feel suffocated.

The 36-year-old singer - who has six-year-old daughter Blue Ivy and 13-month-old twins Rumi and Sir with husband Jay-Z - has admitted she hates to have "too much structure" in her life as it makes her feel suffocated, and she would rather have the freedom to "create" at her own pace.

She said: "I don't like too much structure. I like to be free. I'm not alive unless I am creating something. I'm not happy if I'm not creating, if I'm not dreaming, if I'm not creating a dream and making it into something real. I'm not happy if I'm not improving, evolving, moving forward, inspiring, teaching, and learning."

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The 'Formation' singer has suffered several hardships in her past, but says "every scar" tells a story and she's "grateful" for every one of them.

She added: "There are many shades on every journey. Nothing is black or white. I've been through hell and back, and I'm grateful for every scar. I have experienced betrayals and heartbreaks in many forms. I have had disappointments in business partnerships as well as personal ones, and they all left me feeling neglected, lost, and vulnerable. Through it all I have learned to laugh and cry and grow."

Beyoncé believes her past has helped shape her into the woman she is today, and says she is a "sexier" and "more powerful" woman than she was a decade ago.

She said: "I look at the woman I was in my 20s and I see a young lady growing into confidence but intent on pleasing everyone around her. I now feel so much more beautiful, so much sexier, so much more interesting. And so much more powerful."

And the star believes it's "important" that she uses her success to help open doors for others too, so she can help break down the "cultural and societal barriers" that she had to overcome herself.

Speaking to Vogue magazine, she said: "It's important to me that I help open doors for younger artists. There are so many cultural and societal barriers to entry that I like to do what I can to level the playing field, to present a different point of view for people who may feel like their voices don't matter."