Michelle Obama has spoken of her deep admiration for Beyoncé. And the pop star's feelings are more than mutual.
After thanking the First Lady in a letter of appreciation, posted online in April, Beyoncé, 30, has now recorded a video of her words – calling Mrs. Obama "the ultimate example of a truly strong African American woman."
"She is a caring mother, she's a loving wife, while at the same time, she is the First Lady," Beyoncé says. "No matter the pressure, and the stress of being under the microscope, she's humble, loving, and sincere."
She adds: "Michelle, thank you so much for every single thing that you do for us. I am proud to have my daughter grow up in a world where she has people like you to look up to."
Mrs. Obama, 48, who has made no secret about being a fan of Beyoncé – both the woman and her music – responded on Twitter to the letter in April. "Thank you for the beautiful letter and for being a role model who kids everywhere can look up to," she wrote.
The following month, she took her daughters Sasha, 11, and Malia, 14, to a Beyoncé concert, and said that if she could be anyone else, she would be the pop star.
"If I had some gift, I’d be Beyoncé," she said. "I'd be some great singer."