Beyonce's father, Matthew Knowles, has written a book on the experiences of race in his life in America. The book is described as “A personal reflection on racism in America through a childhood lived through the country’s most separate past” and is said to trace the Knowles family’s southern roots; post-slavery from the 1800’s, up through the civil rights protests and on into the present racial climate. Knowles, a music mogul in his own right, has long been outspoken about race in the music industry and on the press tour for his new book he’s weighed in on his daughter’s success and her tumultuous relationship with husband Jay Z.
Solange, Beyonce's sister was famously caught on camera throwing punches and slaps at Jay-Z in an elevator after the Met Gala in 2014, with Beyonce calmly stood next to them looking like nothing weird was happening. There was a lot of speculation at the time that the fight might have been about their marriage, and finally in 2016 with the release of Lemonade, we found out that Jay-Z had been cheating on Beyonce at the time. We knew the whole time, honey. Jay went on to talk about his infidelity in the press after the release of his album 4:44. "The hardest thing is seeing pain on someone's face that you caused, and then have to deal with yourself. You know, most people walk away, and, like, divorce rate is like 50% or something 'cause most people can't see themselves."
Speaking to Kate Garraway on Good Morning Britain today, Knowles was asked directly about the elevator fight, saying "When you witness things like Solange in the elevator seemingly attacking Jay-Z and reported marriage problems – is it hard as a parent to step back?". Answering honestly, Matthew said "It’s always hard for a parent to let go. I felt the same way when I was growing up, I didn’t want to be under my parents' nest so I understand that. I hope, and I feel very calm and comfortable about this, that they’ve been given the tools to be successful. Are they going to make mistakes? Absolutely. But mistakes are a reason to grow." Matthew might write the altercation off as a mistake, but Jay is still reluctant to speak about it. He told E! Online last year that Solange was like a sister to him and he would always protect her. Either way, we're sure the Carter-Knowles brood would rather we stop talking about it... it's just too juicy.