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Dating at any age can be troublesome. For a 59-year-old divorcée, in a Facebook, Twitter, Tinder driven realm, dating is even more difficult.

Hairstylist and costume designer Tina Knowles, known to be as private as her mega star daughter Beyoncé, shared intimate moments of her personal life at the Women & Money leadership luncheon, where Knowles was the keynote speaker. At the luncheon, which was hosted by the Texas Women’s Empowerment Foundation, the mother-of-two was quite frank when discussing her dating life.

She said, “At 58, I knew I had to get a divorce. At that age, it’s an almost impossible thing to go through. I had been married 33 years. I didn’t know anything else.”

Like any woman mourning the end of a relationship, the ex-wife of Matthew Knowles had to combat the moments of insecurity and low-self esteem.

She stated:

“I hear that my ex-husband is getting married. Now this is my family. My ex-husband is my family. I don’t want to get back into that at all; that’s not what I want. But it still hurts a little bit, right? It’s still a blow to your ego… I was very sad.

When you look at someone else, you look at them and say, ‘They’re attractive. They have a lot of good stuff going on for them. They have no right to have low self-esteem. They have no right to feel sorry for themselves.’ Well, it doesn’t matter who you are, what you are, what you’ve done, what you have. You’re a person, you’re a human being.

And when something strikes you like that, it takes breath out of you. And my fight came back! After a while, I let myself feel sorry for myself for a minute and then I said, ‘You know, I’m so blessed to have all the opportunities that I have. And I don’t have the right to feel sorry.'”

Today, Mama Knowles is in a “wonderful” relationship and is the “happiest” she’s ever been in a while.

Watch Knowles entire heartfelt speech below. Cue divorce discussion at 18:03. 

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