From The Grio — Her fourth solo album 4 is still number one on the charts but all is not so bright in Beyoncé’s world. When it was announced in March that the once bootylicious singer had decided to part ways with her longtime dadager Mathew Knowles, few suspected any foul play.
After all, Mathew Knowles had managed his daughter to fame since she was a child. That much togetherness day in and day out certainly seemed to warrant a break, especially for an artist who has expressed interest in taking on new challenges. But “why now” was the logical question that many asked at the time.
Over the years, Daddy Knowles has presented ample opportunities for a split. Most memorable is his recent scandal for fathering a child outside his marriage with a woman reportedly 20 years younger than him. Such acts greatly contradict the wholesome family image that the Knowles family had cultivated for Beyoncé since the superstar first entered the spotlight.
Still, Beyoncé stood by her dad as her manager, even if privately she was emotionally aligned with her mother, Tina Knowles. But even given Daddy Knowles’s soiled public image, few would ever believe him capable of stealing money from his own child, especially one he worked so hard to make a global superstar.
Yet that’s exactly what’s being reported as Knowles challenges Live Nation for relaying to his daughter that he stole money from her. Apparently an audit her law firm conducted backed up their claims.
Perhaps that explains why no father is present in her video “The Best Thing I Never Had”despite the extensive wedding scenes. Given the traditional Southern background Beyoncé has frequently touted in the past, the omission of a fatherly escort down the aisle or any close family is quite curious even for a video.
At the time the split was announced, Knowles expressed an interest in dedicating more time to his gospel and inspirational acts. Such chutzpah is indeed unbelievable when one considers the countless allegations against him for moral misconduct. As evidenced in the Casey Anthony trial, parents don’t always have their children’s best interest at heart.
With all the dire narratives of the many black fathers that aren’t in their children’s lives, we championed the Knowles story. As a husband, many of us acknowledged that Mathew Knowles may have failed but we never questioned his commitment to his children and especially not Beyoncé.