Solange Knowles - Brooklyn magazineSolange Knowles’ stock continues to ascend in the entertainment world. The 26-year-old singer, DJ and eclectic fashionista nabbed the coveted summer 2013 cover of Brooklyn Magazine. In her interview, Knowles explores her love for the borough, remaining authentic within the music industry and the challenges of working as a single mother.

Though the “True” crooner has access to more resources than the average single mother, she’s still one of the 10 million women heading a household with a child under 18. Knowles is mother to eight-year-old Daniel Julez Smith Jr. She’s been co-parenting with her ex-husband, Smith, after their divorce in 2007.

Balancing her parenting responsibilities and her bustling career has been difficult for Knowles, but she credits prioritizing and outside assistance for keeping her sanity.

“[Motherhood] is definitely a balancing act, and it is not at all easy. I do the best I can, which involves a lot of saying no to things, actually, and a lot of really organized scheduling and a lot of help, to be honest,” she explains in the interview.

She also details how she recorded the “True” album while Julez was in school.

“We were living in LA and I was writing and recording this album literally between the hours of 9am and 3pm every day because that was the time that Julez was in school,” she says. “We were completely isolated, we didn’t have any family or long-term friends there, and we didn’t have that support system built in there that we have in New York.”

Her life is hectic, but she enjoys the pleasantries of motherhood.

“I played BAM on Friday, and the following morning I had to pick Julez up from a sleepover and take him to parties, one over in Flatbush, one over in Red Hook. And luckily I have a car here, but sometimes I feel like nothing more than a next-level carpool driver,” she says.

Other highlights from Knowles’ interview include:

On the importance of family:

“You know, my parents are here, my sister is here, my cousin is here, all my friends are here. We really wanted Julez to have the experience that we had growing up—being able to drop in on his aunt’s house and being able to hang out with Grandma and see our friends and have that experience of actually having a soccer game and having family show up. It’s such a beautiful feeling, but also having that village is a necessary reality so that I’m able to pursue my passion both outside of motherhood and outside of my career.”

On relocating to Brooklyn, New York:

“I’m still a newcomer here, but I feel like because my family moved to New York when I was 17, that I have a longer and deeper connection. And I think about the times when I would come and visit them, and I would always spend a lot of time in Brooklyn. So it feels like an extension of me, living here, because I spent so much time here before.”

Read Knowles’ entire interview at Brooklyn Magazine.

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  • Whatever

    I am rolling my eyes at this Brooklyn Magazine article. Solange and her single mom issues? What issues? She co-parents, so her son’s father is in his life. Yes, she has a “career” however, if she chose not to and stay home all day to raise her child and be present 24/7 she has that choice as well. If she chose to move closer to her son’s father to make co-parenting easier she could easily do that as well. Any “issues” are within her immediate control.

    Couldn’t they find something else to talk about in the interview?

    This is what irks me about Solange. In her efforts to set herself apart from her sister and to make herself seem down to earth, she comes off to me as being sooo contrived.

  • Marketing Gimmicks

    Solange may be a divorced mother of one but let’s not forget that she is extremely blessed to have Beyonce as her superstar sister. It comes with tremendous privileges that I’m sure has truly opened doors for her in ways many sisters who have decided to do the big chop haven’t.

    It’s too easy to resent her so I won’t go down that path because that’s a waist of time and distraction away from my own happiness so the best of luck to her and her cutie pie son.

  • JN

    I respect what Solange does, but why does she have so many magazine covers back to back? What is she promoting? Didn’t her album come out months ago?

    • southerngirl

      Because she’s fabulous, that’s why.

    • Naps93!

      @southerngirl, I agree. So much negativity…It’s that crabs in a barrel mentality. Why can’t we just be happy for a sister making it?

  • Chika

    Don’t get it twiste, Solange is NOT a single mom. Although she’s divorced, the father is still in the picture and (presumably) providing financial support. Actual single mothers have to deal with raising a child without the financial/emotional help of the father. My dad passed away when I was young and it irks my mom when she hears divorcees complaining about how they’re single parents even though the father still sees the children and pays child support.

    • victoria

      Single moms are actually mothers who are not married. Receiving financial support doesnt mean you are no longer a single mom. Any parent who is not married is considered single. So, technically, Solange is a single mother, a divorced single mother. Unlike others who are never married single mothers.

    • Chika

      Well then I’m not talking about the technical definition. I’m trying to speak towards the spirit of single motherhood and how there are serious distinctions underneath that that title.

    • dbsm

      exactly, chicka. single–meaning, mostly responsible for every single damn thing.

    • XoXo

      are you seriously getting upset about someone being “mislabeled” a single mother because she doesn’t struggle the way you think she should be struggling? Every single mother’s (technical term) experience will be different and it’s not just mothers who have zero support and struggle the hardest that are labeled so.

  • talaktochoba

    a granddaughter to be proud of;