The Secret To Beyonce And Jay-Z's Happy Marriage: 'We Were Friends First'

Beyonce says: 'I would not be the woman I am if I did not go home to that man'

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Beyonce has revealed why her four year marriage to Jay-Z, one of the world's most successful rappers, works so well... they were friends before anything romantic developed between them.

It would seem that Beyonce has all the answers in life, not least to questions about her blissful marriage to superstar Jay-Z.

The superstar was the latest in a string of celebrities to open up to talk show host Oprah Winfrey during a candid interview for Oprah's Next Chapter, revealing that her solid friendship with Jay-Z is the bedrock of their marriage.

"I would not be the woman I am if I did not go home to that man. It gives me such a foundation", Beyonce, 31, says of the rapper and hip-hop mogul, 43.

Beyonce says the "99 Problems" hit maker is the man she'd always dreamed of marrying:

"We were friends first," she explains. "Before we went on any dates, we were on the phone for a year and a half."

"That foundation is so important in a relationship. Just to have someone that you just like is so important -- and someone that is honest!"

So sweet! Another reason the couple appear so close is their refusal to tell the press any details of their private life - a move the 59 year old advised Beyonce on many years ago:

"I remember the first time you were on the Oprah show and I told you, 'Don't go around telling people who you're dating'... I think you took that all the way!" she laughed.

"I took it as far as I could take it!", Beyonce agreed. Good on her.. We can't wait fot her tour... we have a sneaky feeling her husband might be joining her on stage...

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Oprah Winfrey at the Beyonce: Life Is But A Dream premiere in New York last night (Andres Otero/WENN)