In Beyonce’s visual album for her latest release “Lemonade,” the superstar makes some surprising statements.
In addition to lyrics perceived as personal, the short film that accompanied the release includes poetry of and adapted from “Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth” by Warsan Shire, a Kenyan-born Somali poet based in London.
One line of poetry, during the film’s “Accountability” chapter, is drawing considerable attention from listeners: “Are you a slave to the back of his hand? Am I talking about your husband or your father?”
The line led listeners to question whether Beyonce’s father and former manager, Mathew Knowles, ever hit her.
Entertainment Tonight reported Tuesday that Sirius XM radio show host Mark Thompson asked Knowles, a Texas Southern University professor of entertainment and the recording industry management, about the speculation.
“I can say I have never in my life hit my daughter,” Knowles said on the Sirius XM show “Make It Plain.” “So she has never been a slave to the back of my hand, because I didn’t believe in that.”
Knowles also responded to rumors that he no longer sees his daughter.
“The media would have you think I’ve never (spoken) to Beyoncé. But as you can see in the documentary, me and Blue Ivy was playing,” he said. “I’m a grownup. I’m 64 years old. It doesn’t bother me what people say about me. I know the facts.”
In an interview with E! News, Knowles responded to general rumors that Beyonce’s album speaks to infidelity, either on her father’s part when he was married to Beyonce’s mother, Tina Knowles, or in her own marriage with Jay Z.
“Every one of us have been disappointed before and have had to go through the grieving process of anger and, you know, disappointment and then acceptance and forgiveness,” he said. “And I think that’s why this again is touching so many people, because it’s universal. Everybody can relate to it.”
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