12/15/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Beyonce: I Was In No Rush To Marry Jay-Z

Beyonce wasn't in any hurry to tie the knot to Jay-Z.

"I was 18 when we first met, 19 when we first started dating," she says in the December/January issue of Seventeen (on newsstands Nov. 18).

"I really don't believe that you will love the same thing when you're 20 as you do at 30," she adds. "So that was my rule: Before the age of 25, I would never get married."

Beyonce, 27, continues: "I feel like you have to get to know yourself, know what you want, spend some time by yourself and be proud of who you are before you can share that with someone else."

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