Beyonce tells Oprah why she fired her father Mathew Knowles

Beyonce appears on Oprah Winfrey's talk show

Two years ago, Beyonce and her family were plagued with rumors of family tensions, and during that time Beyonce chose to sever ties with her father, Mathew Knowles. Now, Beyonce is finally opening up about why she had to let her father go and how she has since mended their relationship.

“It took a while for me and my dad to have an understanding,” Beyonce reveals in a new interview with Oprah Winfrey. “When I turned 18 and started handling my business more, he went into shock. And we had our issues. I’d say ‘No’ to something, and he’d book it anyway. Then I’d have to do it because I’d look bad [if I didn’t].”

Beyonce's dad Matthew Knowles attends School of Visual Arts presents a screening of 'Beyonce: I am - World Tour Live' in New York City, USA.
^ Beyonce’s dad Mathew Knowles at a screening of ‘Beyonce: I am – World Tour Live’ in New York City. (Photo:

“We would fight sometimes, and it took about two years, to when I was 20, for him to realize, ‘Oh, she is an adult now, and if she doesn’t wanna do something, I can’t make her do it.'”

The interview is set to air just before Beyonce’s special documentary for HBO titled Life Is But A Dream. In the documentary, Beyonce will be opening up about the miscarriage she suffered before giving birth to daughter Ivy.

“It was the saddest thing I’ve ever been through,” Beyonce explains of her loss. “My life is a journey. … I had to go through my miscarriage, I believe I had to go through owning my company and managing myself … ultimately your independence comes from knowing who you are and you being happy with yourself.”

In her documentary, she said that the tensions of mixing family and work was too much. She needed her dad, but parting ways in their business relationship also took a toll on their personal relationship.

Here’s what she said in the documentary:

“I’m feeling very empty because of my relationship with my dad. And I’m so fragile at this point and I feel like my soul has been tarnished.

Life is unpredictable but I feel like I had to move on, and not work with my dad. And I don’t care if I don’t sell one record. It’s bigger than the record, it’s bigger than my career.

I think one of the biggest reasons I decided it was time to manage myself was because at some point you need your support system. You need your family. When you’re tryin’ to have an everyday conversation with your parents you have to talk about scheduling, and you have to talk about your album, and performing and touring. It’s just too stressful, and it really affects your relationship.

I needed boundaries, and I think my dad needed boundaries. It’s really easy to get confused with this world that’s your job that you live and breath every day all day, and you don’t know when to turn it off. You need a break. I needed a break. I needed my dad.

I had to sacrifice my relationship with my dad.”

Watch Oprah’s interview with Beyoncé on Saturday, February 16, at 8/7c on OWN followed by Beyonce’s documentary Life Is But A Dream on HBO.

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