Beyoncé's new self-titled album has earned a positive reaction since its surprise release last Friday (Dec 13th).

On Saturday (Dec 21st) Beyoncé asked fans questions via Instagram at a release party for the album at the School of Visual Arts Theater.

In attendance were several of the directors from her 17 music videos shot for her fifth studio set.

When the 32 year-old singer began answering questions from the social media site she opened up about how personal the album was, the Associated Press reports.

"I'm very private and I'm very respectful, and I think it just took me no longer being someone's child, once I became a mother, I felt like I could tear those fourth walls and I just felt like it was time," she said. "I completely feel liberated."

Beyoncé also revealed, despite all the hard work and past success, she was still very nervous when the release date was approaching, and had doubts minutes before it dropped.

"I was terrified. I was so scared. I already envisioned like the worst things that could happen," she said. "I was really nervous because this was a huge risk."

The 'Halo' singer also spoke about the difficulties of trying to keep the album under wraps, and when filming the video for "XO" in Coney Island, she wore ear-buds so the public didn't hear any of the song before it was released.

"They had a lot of static, and you could barely hear and I'm trying to lip synch to the lyrics," she admitted (via NY Daily News). "I could barely hear anything ... And people are like, 'Hey, Beyoncé!'"

However Jay-Z's wife did manage to keep the making of her new set a secret but it did require a lot of effort.

"We went through a lot of things to keep it secret, to keep the surprise," said the singer. "I really, really wanted to surprise people, and for them really just to hear the art and not be about the hype and the promotion."

"And we actually did it," she said to a loud applause.

Artwork of the new album