The Surprising Reason Beyoncé Keeps 80,000 Bees In Her Backyard

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is one of those rare people who is so famous that you'd know who she was even without the surname. Cher. Madonna. Beyoncé. Easily one of the world's most famous artists and a musical icon, Beyoncé has been rocking the world since her Destiny's Child days, and luckily for us she doesn't seem to show a single sign — or, for that matter, intention — of stopping. 

In a recent interview with Vogue, the global icon shared what she's been up to in these socially-distanced times, as well as opened up on her creative, professional, and personal visions and ambitions. However, one section of the interview seemed particularly strange. When asked to share a surprising fact about herself, Beyoncé revealed that she's the proud owner of tens of thousands of bees. So, why has the superstar chosen such a peculiar swarm of pets? It's easy to think that this is merely an "eccentric celebrity" thing, or possibly a playful nod to her Queen B nickname. However, the real answer is much more practical, though no less peculiar. Here's the surprising reason why Beyoncé keeps around 80,000 bees in her backyard.

Beyoncé makes honey to help ease her daughters' allergies

In the interview, Beyoncé noted she's aware that her bee ownership is quite "random." However, there's a pretty solid reasoning behind it, seeing as her 80,000 or so bees equals two beehives, which produce plenty of healthy honey for her family. "I have around 80,000 bees and we make hundreds of jars of honey a year," the star said. "I started the beehives because my daughters, Blue and Rumi, both have terrible allergies, and honey has countless healing properties."

Beyoncé is not wrong about honey's positive qualities, either. As the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine informs us, honey has antimicrobial and even wound-healing properties. If you eat honey every day, it works wonders on your digestive tract, provides you with antioxidants, and can even be used to treat a cough. Just remember that it's full of sugar, so it packs a whole lot of calories in each spoonful. With all that in mind, it doesn't seem like such a bad or even weird call to have a couple of beehives on hand, provided you can afford to take proper care of them and remember not to overindulge with the delicious end product. Besides, even if they actually have someone tending the bees for them, it's fun to imagine the world-famous Knowles-Carter family in full beekeeper garb, preparing to jar yet another batch of delicious honey