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Blue Ivy Used Renaissance Tour Online Criticism As Fuel To Hone Her Craft As A Dancer

It looks like Blue Ivy's haters were her biggest motivators while performing on her mother Beyoncé's Renaissance Tour.


In her new concert film, Beyoncé revealed that after her older daughter joined her onstage for several of her Renaissance World Tour stops this summer, the 11-year-old was affected by online critiques of her dancing.

The “Love on Top” singer, 42, shared that Blue Ivy read negative comments about her dancing after her first surprise appearance onstage in Paris in May.

She said that Blue Ivy — whom she shares with husband JAY-Z — was determined to prove any naysayers wrong and devoted herself to working even harder on her dancing.

Beyoncé also admitted that the notion of her daughter joining her onstage at all was not something she was particularly keen on.

Originally, the idea was that Blue Ivy would make just one onstage appearance, and even that wasn’t a plan that the singer was exactly thrilled about. She said in the film that performing in front of thousands was no place for an 11-year-old.

Beyoncé said she almost passed out the first time her daughter joined her onstage.

Of the early conversations, Beyoncé recalled in the film, “She told me she was ready to perform, and I told her no,” per The New York Times.

The improvement that Blue Ivy showed throughout the several months that she toured alongside her pop star mom did not go unnoticed by fans. In September, a compilation on TikTok compared her dancing at her first show, when she was quite timid with the moves, to how confident she appeared during a later show in Houston.

“Seeing her confidence grow throughout this tour has been such a treat,” one user commented on the video.

“Watching her confidence grow throughout the tour has made me so proud! She's improved so much🥹🥲,” another fan said.

Blue Ivy’s grandma, Tina Knowles-Lawson, told PEOPLE in July that her ganddaughter's confidence had soared “to the sky” since her first performance.

"She is 11 years old, and she had one week to prepare, and she's just getting better and better," said Knowles-Lawson, 69. "So I'm the proud grandma, always."

She joked, “This is a heels family. You're trained early to walk in heels,” before adding of Blue Ivy, “She's having the time of her life, and I couldn't be more proud of her because she really worked hard.”

JAY-Z, 53, is gushing with pride, too. He told Gayle King on CBS Mornings last month, “I still get goosebumps seeing her walk onstage.”

“She’s been born into a life she didn’t ask for. So since she was born, she’s been in scrutiny and the public eye and everyone having an opinion of even a little girl, how she keeps her hair," he said. "So for her to be on that stage and reclaim her power, and the song is called ‘My Power,’ you can’t write a better script."

Celebrate the run with the new PEOPLE Special Edition Beyoncé: The Renaissance Tour, available on newsstands Dec. 15 and available for pre-order on now.

Blue is definitely a child wise beyond her years. Most people would give up after being dragged on social media. However, I think Blue channeled her mother and thought I could give up and just be a celebrity kid, or I could work harder and prove the haters wrong. I'm glad she chose the latter.

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