“Hey, queen!” Former First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated her friend Beyoncé a day after the singing sensation dropped an album and a Netflix film documented her much-acclaimed 2018 Coachella performance.
The two women first met the day before Barack Obama‘s inauguration in 2009. Since then, they’ve shared a friendship that’s extended beyond the Obama presidency and a relationship the former first lady proudly touted in a video posted to her social media accounts Thursday.
“Girl, you have done it again. Constantly raising the bar for us all and doing it flawlessly,” Obama said. “I’d say I’m surprised, but I know who you are. I’ve seen it up close and personal. Girl, you make me so proud, and I love you.”
Watch the video below:
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) April 18, 2019
Beyoncé became the first African-American woman to headline the Coachella music festival last year and brought a performance that celebrated the culture of Historically Black Colleges and Universities to the mainstage.
But the film goes beyond being just a traditional concert movie and gives an inside look at the world of Beyoncé, where the star shares her struggles, including the complications that threatened her pregnancy two years ago.
Obama said Beyoncé’s film is “informed by the black leaders, thinkers, and poets who’ve paved the way for folks like us.”
“I love that it’s both a celebration and a call to action. And I love that you’re using this film to inspire the next generation of history makers and record breakers who’ll run the world in the years ahead. So to you, my dear friend, I just want to say: Keep telling the truth. Because you can do it in a way that no one else can.”
Obama’s praise for Beyoncé comes just one day after the singer profiled the former first lady for Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” list.
“Loving Michelle Obama wasn’t much of a choice. It was something that came naturally, because of how she carried herself,” Beyoncé wrote. “Because she resembled us and was moving in spaces where, as black Americans, we weren’t exactly meant to be, she seemed so powerful.”
“I am so grateful that my daughters and my son live in a world where Michelle Obama shines as a beacon of hope who inspires all of us to do better and to be better.”