Beyonce and her father Mathew Knowles parted ways in 2011 after he was part of her management team for several years. Mathew had managed Destiny’s Child and Beyonce’s solo career, as well as the career of Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, and others. However, dad and daughter had a falling out in 2011 and Mathew was accused of mismanaging Beyonce’s finances, which he has denied. Other than that denial, Mathew has remained relatively silent about the end of their partnership. But now, perhaps due in part to the exposure from Beyonce’s recent “Life Is But A Dream” HBO documentary, he is finally opening up about the hurt he’s endured because of their separation.
“Normally I hate to talk about anything personal, but it would be a lie if I did not say it has been difficult,” Mathew tells The Sun in an exclusive interview. “It was hard for me to let her go — it was hard for both of us to let each other go. And let’s be clear on that. She didn’t let me go, we both let each other go. That’s a big difference.”
^ Beyonce Knowles carrying her daughter Blue Ivy Carter in Manhattan on July 18, 2012. (Photo: WENN.com)
“This was not a normal ending of a business agreement,” he continues. “This was a dad and a daughter and it was incredibly painful and it had some difficulties. But I try to always have a positive mind about things and you got to do it the right way.”
At the time they split, Beyonce released a brief statement to her fans. “I’ve only parted ways with my father on a business level,” Beyonce told Us Weekly. “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 manage and own their own businesses. They were hard-working entrepreneurs and I will continue to follow in their footsteps.”
While their split was supposed to be just in business, it’s reportedly flooded over onto their personal life and while Mathew wouldn’t confirm it, it has been rumored that he still hasn’t met Beyonce’s daughter Blue Ivy.
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