Beyoncé has a new stepmother. Her father, Mathew Knowles, got married last Sunday. His representative told The Associated Press on Friday that he has wed former model Gena Charmaine Avery in Houston, Texas. The pair had been engaged for a year and a half. Knowles and Beyoncé’s mother, Tina, divorced in 2011 after 31 years of marriage and two children.
Knowles told TMZ his two daughters couldn’t make it to the ceremony, saying, “Unfortunately, Beyoncé and Solange had previous engagements which made it impossible for them to attend.”
A little over 3 years ago, Beyoncé severed business ties with her father. Knowles, head of Music World Entertainment, stopped managing his daughter’s career in March 2011. In a statement to Us Weekly at the time, Beyoncé said there was no hard feelings based on her decision.
“I’ve only parted ways with my father on a business level,” Beyoncé said. “He is my father for life and I love my dad dearly. I am grateful for everything he has taught me. I grew up watching both he and my mother [Tina Knowles] manage and own their own businesses. They were hard-working entrepreneurs and I will continue to follow in their footsteps.”