Solange Talks Pregnancy, Relationship with Beyonce, Blue Ivy, and More


DamnAnthony | March 20, 2012 - 6:41 pm

Solange Knowles recently graced the cover of London’s ‘Evening Standard Magazine’ and was very open about personal details of her life. In her feature story, Solange touches on getting pregnant at 17, her relationship with Beyonce and Bey’s new daughter, Blue Ivy. Solange also elaborates on getting into the music business and releasing two albums that didn’t do so well. Read the interview below:

On Getting Pregnant & Settling Down at 17-Years-Old
“I just loved being at home and being domestic,’ she says. ‘We would have gotten married for sure anyway, but then I found out I was pregnant. We were crazy, impulsive teenagers and I was obviously craving some sort of stability. [My family] were alarmed and frightened that their 17-year-old daughter wanted to get married and have a kid, but I’d been working since I was 13. I was making my own money. I wasn’t really asking permission, and once they found out I was serious about it, they were supportive and amazing.’

On Her Close Relationship With Beyonce
[Kelly Rowland’s] mother was a nanny for another family, so Kelly lived with us when they first moved from Atlanta. She was like a second sister. It definitely was tough, having your sister have a built-in BFF, and me being five years younger. But my sister was very protective of me, and we were very sweet with each other. I’m sure if we were closer in age we wouldn’t have gotten along so great. But we’ve been super-close ever since I was about 13.”

On First Telling Her Father She Wanted to Be a Singer & An Unsuccessful First Album
“And he told my mother, who said, ‘Oh, no. We don’t want you doing this, too. You can do anything in the world! You’re so smart.’ I think she was nervous about me losing my childhood. My sister started at such a young age that this was her life for as long as she could remember. From a very early age I decided that I wanted to be able to do my music but still be able to live a normal life. I went into the meeting [with Columbia] and said, ‘I want it to be clear that I want to write all of my music. I want to have control of that.’ I had grown up around this.” After a disagreement with the label, Solange had to promote the album, Solo Star, on her own. “I didn’t care. I didn’t need the money…” She pauses. “It wasn’t very successful.”

On Her Second Album Not Being Received Well
“I’d have to time it around the baby’s naps,” she says. “And make sure he wasn’t crying in the background on demos. [I wrote] all of these Sixties songs… I would send them to my publisher [EMI] and would check every day if someone was interested. This was before the retro vibe of Amy Winehouse and Adele… they were not very well received.”

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