Mathew Knowles on Beyoncé: 'I Have Never in My Life Hit My Daughter'

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In an interview with SirusXM, Mathew Knowles—father of Solange and Beyoncé—responded to lyrics off of Beyoncé’s Lemonade that some critics think allude to an abusive childhood.

During the “Accountability” segment of Lemonade, Beyoncé recites a poem by poet Warsan Shire that goes:

Mother dearest, let me inherit the earth. Teach me how to make him beg. Let me make up for the years he made you wait. Did he bend your reflection? Did he make you forget your own name? Did he convince you he was a god? Did you get on your knees daily? Did his eyes close like doors? Are you a slave to the back of his head? Am I talking about your husband, or you father?


“I can say I have never in my life hit my daughter,” Mathew Knowles told Mark Thompson on Make It Plain. “So, she has never been a slave to the back of my hand because I didn’t believe in that.” (But Tina, though?)

Asked by E! News if he knew who “Becky” is, Knowles responded:

“Let me tell you who she’s talking about, can I tell you who she’s talking about? She’s talking about you. You put that in context for you personally. She’s talking about you and everybody that is you, that’s who she’s talking about.”

There you have it. Becky is Ryan Seacrest.

[The Sun]

I’m sure the last thing you want to read after all that is another defense of Mel Gibson by Jodie Foster, but—sorry, bruh—I don’t make the news.


“It’s not my job to adjudicate his behavior,” Foster says in an interview with the New York Times. “He’s certainly not sexist and certainly not racist. I know the guy I know, somebody who’s really emotional, who I can have long, long conversations with, who’s trustworthy, who shows up for me.”

I guess all those times he was racist and sexist were just flukes. Sorry for judging you, Mel!


[E! News]

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Would rather go to my grave not knowing.

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That says “slave to the back of his head.” While reading I assumed that meant she had to walk behind him. That’s confusing.