On Wednesday, Beyoncé, an expert in breaking the internet, once again served up a master class in how to disseminate info on social media with a pregnancy post. Everyone around the country clung to the news of her forthcoming twins with a white-knuckled ferocity indicative of a good news starved populous. And interestingly, the post was the first time Beyoncé's father, Matthew Knowles, found out about the babies as well.
"I was shocked," the 65-year-old college professor said in an interview with The Insider. "I got a first text, and I was like, ‘Why is this person saying congratulations?’ Then I get a second text from one of my students at Texas Southern, and I was like, 'What are you talking about?' He was like, 'Go to the web.' I didn’t know myself.”'
Beyoncé and Matthew have not always had the easiest relationship. He was Destiny's Child's manager when the group first launched, and was cited as the reason they broke up in 2002. Later, he managed Beyoncé's solo career, but in 2011 they split ways in a parting the called mutual and strictly professional. But later that year, Matthew and his wife, Tina, divorced with rumors that he had fathered a child with actress Alexsandra White. When he remarried in 2013, neither Beyoncé nor Solange attended. He was featured in several videos for Lemonade, released earlier this year, including clips from her childhood as well as recently. And while she may be nostalgic for the times when they got along, it seems as though the relationship is strained now.
Despite all that, it seems like he's happy for the couple. "I’m extremely, extremely proud and happy," he said. He even noted that it was a slick PR move for her to announce it herself before the media could get to it. "That was very smart that she did it rather than someone else, [like] the media, doing it. So I think that was a really smart move on her part."
Sounds like somebody might be trying to cover up the deep hurt they're feeling inside. On some level, you have to feel for him. It must be strange to find out that your own daughter is pregnant via a photo that has already been liked by 7 million people by the time you see it in your newsfeed. Do you think he double tapped?