By now, fans of Beyoncé have spent hours with the singer's recently released fifth studio album. The self-titled "visual album" sold over 1 million copies in the first five full days after its release. On Saturday afternoon, Beyoncé screened the corresponding videos at New York's School of Visual Arts and appeared in person to answer some previously submitted fan questions about the project.

Among the topics addressed as fans ate popcorn from "Beyoncé" bags and drank sodas and huckleberry juice: motherhood, why Beyoncé shared more personal details of her life on this record than ever before and how she kept the entire effort under wraps until it hit iTunes. She also explained the birth of "Yoncé," a nickname that's a motif throughout the album (a Justin Timberlake and The-Dream-penned track on the LP is entitled "Yoncé," and the singer wears a necklace with the word on it in multiple videos):

"We were in the studio, and Justin Timberlake started beating on buckets. So, when you hear the beat, it's literally a bucket. It was really organic, and it reminded me of being in middle school during the lunch breaks, when you just start freestyling. So we kept the buckets, and we went back and forth. I was very adamant about keeping it organic, because that whole element is what is so beautiful about it. And Dream just started, 'Yoncé on his mouth like liquor,' and I'm like, 'What does that mean?' But I love it, I think Beyoncé is Beyoncé, Mrs. Carter is Beyoncé, Sasha Fierce is Beyoncé. And I'm finally at a place where I don't have to separate the two. It's all pieces of me, and just different elements of a personality of a woman, because we are complicated."

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Beyoncé also took fans into what it was like to finally let the project hit iTunes (the album landed in the digital retailer at midnight on Dec. 13). "I just got off the stage, I had a glass of wine and my cousin Angie was like, 'Are you alright?' because I was talking to myself and I was terrified," Beyoncé shared. "I was so scared. I had already gone through all the horrible ways it could go in my mind... I saw it live on iTunes and I waited for the first comment. Then I woke up the next morning and... [breaks into dance]."

"We went through everything to keep it sacred and a surprise," the singer said. "Because there's joy in that and it's missing, and that's something I was able to experience as a kid."

Beyoncé also spoke freely about being a mother, telling the crowd that "it's amazing how motherhood changes you." Framing the project as an exercise in opening up, the singer revealed that she "took all the things about myself that I wanted to change and put it in my music."

"More than the music, I'm proud of myself as a woman," she added. "It's about loving your imperfections and the things that make you interesting, because I refuse to let anyone put me in a box."

When discussing why "Beyoncé" is more personal than previous albums (Beyoncé's husband Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy appear in videos), the singer appeared to choke back tears. "I have always been very generous, I have been generous on stage and take my pain and joy into my performance," she said. "But I'm private... I think it just took me not being anyone's child. Once I had a child, I broke down that fourth wall. I feel liberated, and I feel like I can give my heart to people."

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"My father taught me so, so much," she said of Matthew Knowles, who managed Beyoncé until 2011. "When I decided to manage myself, it was important to me not to sign to some big company. I wanted to follow in Madonna's footsteps and be a powerhouse. When you get to this level, you don't have to share your money or your success... And we did it. And it's my company."

"This is my first album that -- of course I wanted people to love it and critics to love it and for it to be successful -- but my goal was not picking a No. 1 single," Beyoncé continued. "My goal was putting together a body of work, and I just wanted to know that people cared about music. Honestly, I was at a point where everything feels the same. What I said in 'Ghost,' 'All the shit I do is boring,' is true. And if I could not challenge that, then maybe it was time for me to do something else or develop more artists, which is something that I could do, but just growth. I just hope that I continue to move forward and challenge myself. I think that now that I've become a mother, I just want my legacy to inspire people. That's the biggest goal, just having happiness and knowing that when people come to my shows, they can leave all the madness and leave there knowing that there is hope."

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  • NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: Beyonce attends the Miami Heat vs Brooklyn Nets game at Barclays Center on May 12, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)

  • NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Beyonce attends the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Beyonce attends the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Beyonce attends the Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets game at Barclays Center on May 2, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)

  • LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Beyonce performs at The BRIT Awards 2014 at 02 Arena on February 19, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • (L-R) Singer Jay Z and his wife singer Beyonce watch the NBA game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center in New York, February 3, 2014 AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • This Jan. 26, 2014 file photo shows Beyonce at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. A year after performing for the big game at the Superdome in New Orleans, Beyonce performed for a smaller crowd Saturday night Feb. 1, 2014 as Jay Z brought his wife out for a surprise cameo during his concert for DirecTV’s “Super Saturday Night” party on the eve of the Super Bowl. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, FIle)

  • Beyonce, left, and Jay-Z perform "Drunk in Love" at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

  • Beyonce performs onstage on her Mrs. Carter World Tour, on Friday, December 20, 2013 at the TD Garden in Boston, Mass. (Photo by Robin Harper/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP)

  • IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce performs onstage at her "Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2013," on Wednesday, December 19, 2013 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Rob Hoffman/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)

  • IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce performs onstage at her "Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2013," on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Robin Harper/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)

  • IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Singer Beyonce performs on her "Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2013", during the BET Experience music festival on Friday June 28, 2013, in Los Angeles. Beyonce is wearing a custom hand beaded peplum one-piece by Ralph & Russo with shoes by Stuart Wieztman. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)

  • Beyonce performs at The Sound of Change Live at Twickenham Stadium in London on Saturday, June 1st, 2013. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP Images)

  • Salma Hayek, Creative Director of Gucci Frida Giannini and Beyonce arrive at The Sound of Change Live at Twickenham Stadium in London on Saturday, June 1st, 2013. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP Images)

  • Beyonce, honorary chairwoman, arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala benefit in honor of the museum’s latest exhibit, “Punk: Chaos to Couture.” May 6, 2013 in New York. AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. CLARY

  • NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Beyonce attends the Costume Institute Gala for the 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture' exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

  • Beyonce performs on her "Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2013", on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Beyonce is wearing a custom hand beaded peplum one-piece by Ralph & Russo with shoes by Stuart Wieztman. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)

  • Beyonce performs on her "Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2013", on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Beyonce is wearing a coat and boots by Pucci. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)

  • Beyonce performs with guitarist Bibi McGill, left, on her "Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2013", on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Beyonce is wearing an outfit by designer Alon Livne with shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)

  • This April 4, 2013 file photo shows married musicians Beyonce, left, and rapper Jay-Z as they tour Old Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, file)

  • This Feb. 10, 2013 file photo shows Beyonce at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, file)

  • Singer Beyonce, winner Best Traditional R&B Performance, poses in the press room at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • This undated promotional image released by H&M shows entertainer Beyonce in an ad for H&M's new summer advertising campaign. Beyonce will be featured on billboards, and in print ads and TV commercials. (AP Photo/H&M)

  • In this Feb. 12, 2013 photo, Beyonce Knowles attends the premiere of "Beyonce: Life Is But A Dream" at the Ziegfeld Theatre, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

  • Beyonce sits courtside before the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

  • NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 03: Singer Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

  • NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 03: (L-R) Singers Kelly Rowland, Beyonce and Michelle Williams perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

  • NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 03: Singer Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

  • NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 31: Beyonce speaks onstage at the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show Press Conference at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on January 31, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

  • NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 31: Beyonce speaks onstage at the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show Press Conference at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on January 31, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

  • WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: Singer Beyonce performs the National Anthem as U.S. President Barack Obama looks on during the public ceremonial inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

  • WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: Jay-Z and Beyonce arrive at the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

  • MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 10: Jay Z and Beyonce Knowles watches a game between the Miami Heat and the Atlanta Hawks at American Airlines Arena on December 10, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: (L-R) Jay-Z, Beyonce, 2012 Sportsman of the Year LeBron James and Savannah Brinson attend the 2012 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award presentation at Espace on December 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

  • A video from singer Beyonce is projected during the Global Citizen Festival, a mass music concert and event to urge world leaders to act towards ending extreme poverty, in Central Park in New York on September 29, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel DUNAND

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 01: Beyonce accepts the award for Video Director of the Year onstage during the 2012 BET Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on July 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images For BET)

  • Beyonce attends the Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art May 7, 2012, celebrating the opening of Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. AFP PHOTO TIMOTHY A. CLARY

  • LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Beyonce Knowles at The Launch Of House Of Dereon By Beyonce And Tina Knowles at Selfridges on September 17, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Beyonce and Solange Knowles pose backstage at the Vera Wang Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Stage at Lincoln Center on September 13, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)

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    Beyonce, honorary chairwoman, arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala benefit in honor of the museum's latest exhibit, "Punk: Chaos to Couture." May 6, 2013 in New York. AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)