‘It was hard to let her go’: Beyoncé’s father reveals

In 2011 after working together for almost two decades Beyoncé announced that her father Matthew Knowles would be stepping down as her manager.
Matthew Knowles has spoken out about his struggle to step down as daughter Beyoncé's manager. Net photo.
Matthew Knowles has spoken out about his struggle to step down as daughter Beyoncé's manager. Net photo.

In 2011 after working together for almost two decades Beyoncé announced that her father Matthew Knowles would be stepping down as her manager.

Although at the time the father and daughter insisted that their personal relationship remained intact there were reports swirling around that suggested otherwise.

Two years on since the ‘Single Ladies’ singer’s decision, Matthew, 62, has revealed that he found it ‘incredibly painful’ to cut his professional union with the 31-year-old.

Speaking to The Sun, Matthew said: “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.”

As the father-of-three waved goodbye to his hold on Beyonce’s career allegations that he had secretly pocketed some of her income surfaced.

Continuing Matthew added: “This was not a normal ending of a business agreement. This was a dad and a daughter and it was incredibly painful and it had some difficulties.”

Matthew first started managing Beyoncé when she was part of Grammy award-winning girl group Destiny’s Child before she launched her solo career in 2003.

The 2011 statement released by Beyoncé that announced her business split from her father read: ‘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.”

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