“I wasn’t fake, but I was trying to live up to all these fake ideals. It was like a habit. I had to start to break it … I feel more like an open book. That’s a beautiful thing.”
Meanwhile, Keys — who has sons Egypt, 9, and Genesis, 5, with husband Swizz Beatz — previously revealed motherhood changed her way of thinking about a woman’s place in the world.
She said: “You literally have a tiny being who could not even survive without you and something about that … I remember waking up to habits that I had. I tied a lot of my value to the amount of things I could get done in a day. I think that’s a very womanly thing to do, this idea of ‘how many people can I make happy?'”