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Solange Knowles’ Relationship with Father (Mathew Knowles) Wasn’t the Best

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*Solange Knowles. OK, Solange … has a new album out called “A Seat at the Table” and it features both of her parents, who of course, are divorced. Hmm, that must’ve been an interesting trick to pull off.

In an extensive interview with Billboard, the 31-year-old sister of Beyonce, said that working on the project with her father, Mathew Knowles, put her in a position where she learned more about him, which added to their relationship.

“I knew I wanted to interview my parents when the album was done because I knew that if I interviewed them earlier in the process, it would shape and mold the way I personally related to my experience in New Iberia. Obviously, my parents are divorced, and getting the two of them in a room together was a powerful moment in time. They really led the conversation. I felt that because of my yearning to know, they were honest with me. I understood my father so much more.”

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Solange added this:

“To sort out my adolescent and young adult years, there was still so much I needed to know because our relationship was not always very good. It’s still very much a work in progress. But I think I have a much clearer idea of the trauma that he experienced and how it felt like it was then generationally passed on to me. Both kind of existing in the white spaces as an “only,” and how much that can really shape and mold your experience of the world, race and identity. My mother, on the other hand, I knew how she felt. Heard it my whole life!”

Speaking of her music and new album, Solange was asked how the creative process changed for her over the years and did she feel pressure to quickly release another project?

“This cycle of you put out an album, now you go and perform it, and then you go back and you work on another one for however long, and then as soon as that’s done, you put one out again… it’s the cycle that the music industry has set in place for us. Artists are really whimsical. And I have a 13-year-old son now, so that is a compass of how I have to set up my life and set up my work. It matters to be present with him. I’m relieved when I hear other mothers say, ‘Yeah, we’re going through this, too.’”

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You can read the FULL interview at Billboard.

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