Beyoncé's Dad Thinks 'Lemonade' Might Be Partly About Him

"There's no way we can get into the mind of Beyoncé."


While many have speculated that one of the main inspirations for Beyoncé's Lemonade was husband Jay Z's infidelities, quite a few believe that some of those fiery lyrics might actually be about her father. Before their divorce in 2011, reports swirled that Bey's dad and former manager Mathew Knowles cheated on her mother, Tina—and on Monday, Mathew went on SiriusXM radio show Make It Plain to address the speculation about which Lemonade lyrics might actually be about him. 

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In a spoken word portion of the Lemonade visual album, Beyoncé asks, "Did he bend your reflection? Did he make you forget your own name? Did he convince you he was a god? Did you get on your knees daily? Do his eyes close like doors? Are you a slave to the back of his hand?"

She continues, "Am I talking about your husband or your father?" Then, the song "Daddy Lessons" comes on. Are these lyrics in reference to her father? "I don't know but I don't think so," Mathew told host Mark Thompson. "I've never in my life hit my daughter."

"There's no way that we can get into the mind of Beyoncé. Only Beyoncé can answer who she specifically is talking to," Mathew continued. "I'd rather not get into speculation, so my answer is I don't know." 

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"I can only speak of being a proud father," he went on. "I think Beyoncé pushed the envelope of creativity on this HBO special...I know the response you want to get. You're not going to get that response."

Bey's relationship with her father has been the subject of public analysis for over a decade, especially after the two ended their professional ties in 2011. Whatever's going on with their relationship, she featured footage of him throughout the visual Lemonade album, including some more recent shots of him with Blue Ivy.

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