Beyoncé and her father, Mathew Knowles, in New York City in 2005
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Beyoncé has the world speaking about her Lemonade, and that includes her father, Mathew Knowles. 

In an interview with WatchLoud, Knowles talks about his daughter’s success and even mentions “Becky with the good hair.” And just like the rest of the world, Knowles says he doesn’t know how biographical Beyoncé’s newest album is.

“Well, I can only speculate like everyone else. And I think the genius in this body of work that Beyoncé has done is she has us all speculating and she has us all letting our minds expand on her words and the expansion of them,” he said. “My kids, they take a lot from me, and I always come from an intellectual place. Like intellectually, not emotionally, and most people come from an emotional place and it’s unfortunate. But I’m sure that when I listen to ‘Daddy Lessons,’ and Beyoncé wrote me a song on her first album called ‘Daddy.’ But when I hear this song, I’m sure that some of that, hopefully, I inspired her. But am I sure? No.”

Knowles also spoke about speculation about him having a strained relationship with both of his daughters since divorcing Tina Knowles after his own bouts of infidelity.

“They saw me talking to Beyoncé when she was a young child and challenging her, even then, to understand where she was coming from and critical thinking, but you also seen me diving on the bed and playing with Blue Ivy, so that kinda answers your question right there,” he said. “I choose to let the press say whatever they want and let people say whatever they want. It’s nobody’s business how much I see my daughter or my grandkids; that’s something personal that I care not to share.”


And exactly who is “Becky”? Well, according to Knowles, it’s definitely not Rachel Roy or Rita Ora.

“She’s talking about you,” Knowles said. “You put that in context for you personally. She’s talking about you, and everybody that is you, that’s who she’s talking about.”


Nah, she’s definitely not talking about me.