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Love Is Blindness: Beyoncé's Dad Reveals He Started Dating Her Mom Because He Thought She Was White

Date September 6, 2018 12:04

The Knowles family

Beyoncé and Solange Knowles are world-famous singers, and their parents, Matthew and Tina, are also quite well-known.

Beyonce Knowles and her sister Solange Knowles pose together at the 2005 NBA All Star Gamegettyimages

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Tina Knowles, aged 64, is an acclaimed fashion designer and businesswoman.

Tina Knowles attends STARZ 'Power' Season 4 L.A. Screening And Partygettyimages

Matthew Knowles, aged 66, is a versatile man. He owns a record label, and he also used to be his daughter's manager. Now, he is a professor at Texas Southern University.

Actress Solange Knowles and her father Matthew Knowlesgettyimages

Tina and Matthew had been married for thirty years until their divorce in 2011. Since then, both of them got married to other people. Three decades the couple spent together started out with a whirlwind romance, but the way it started may ruffle a few feathers.

Matthew and Tina Knowles pose for a photo at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awardsgettyimages

Matthew Knowles thought his future wife Tina was white

Matthew Knowles grew up in the deep South. In an interview with Ebony magazine, he discussed having to face racism and colorism in his youth. He recalled one of such moments from his years at Fisk, which is a historically black university. Knowles said:

I was in the last class where they’d take out a brown paper bag, and if you were darker than the bag, you could not get into Fisk.

He also quoted his mother as saying:

Don’t ever bring no nappy-head Black girl to my house.

Beyonce Knowles poses with her father and manager Matthew Knowles and her mother Tina Knowlesgettyimages

Knowles’ experience with colorism instilled in him something he described as “eroticized rage.” Sounds Freudian, right? Because it is.

Speaking about his new book, Knowles mentioned that it contains parts describing this concept. He even admitted that he was attracted to his future wife Tina because he thought she was white. He told Ebony:

I have a chapter in the book that talks about eroticized rage. I talk about going to therapy and sharing – one day I had a breakthrough – that I used to date mainly White women or very high-complexion Black women that looked White. I actually thought when I met Tina, my former wife, that she was White. Later I found out that she wasn’t, and she was, actually, very much in-tune with her Blackness.

I had been conditioned from childhood. With eroticized rage, there was actual rage in me as a Black man, and I saw the White female as a way, subconsciously, of getting even or getting back. There are a lot of Black men of my era that are not aware of this thing.

What an interesting way to frame it! We’d like to know, was Tina aware of it?

Tina Knowles and Beyonce Knowles attend the unveiling of the Beyoncé Cosmetology Centergettyimages

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What people think of Tina Knowles

As you can see, Beyoncé and Solange have their mom’s looks. She looks great, and could easily pass as her daughters’ older sister! Here’s what some Twitter users think:

Beyonce and mother Tina Knowles arrive at the premiere of 'Cadillac Records'gettyimages

Tina probably doesn’t mind her husband’s revelation. Now that their relationship is over, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is that Matthew and Tina are parents of two famous and accomplished women, and their daughters’ success is, in no small part, their achievement, too!

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