Beyonce Knowles has learnt marriage is "more than a dress".
The "If I Were a Boy" singer, who tied the knot with rapper Jay-Z earlier this year, is inspired by her parents' happy marriage and is willing to work hard to ensure her relationship survives.
She said, "I learned that it's a lot of hard work, that it's more than a dress. My parents are tighter now than ever, but they've been through it all. There were times when they were together, times when they were apart."
Singer Beyonce Knowles performs on NBC's "Today" show in New York November 26, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
The 27-year-old star recently insisted her feelings for the hip-hop mogul are "real" and they aren't interested in flaunting their love in public.
Beyonce, who has been pictured wearing a ￡2.5 million engagement ring, explained: "What Jay and I have is real. It's not about the interviews or getting the right photo op. It's real."
The couple dated for around five years before finally getting married.Source: China Daily/Agencies