Did Beyonce fire her father-manager, Mathew Knowles?


Quite honestly, I’m surprised Beyonce hadn’t made this move earlier. Yesterday, it was announced that Beyonce and her father-manager Mathew Knowles were splitting up. Professionally! He’s still Beyonce’s father. Mathew has managed Beyonce’s career from the very beginning, when it was all about Destiny’s Child and Beyonce was being compared to Diana Ross, especially after Destiny’s Child outlived it’s usefulness as a platform to launch Bey’s solo act. Mathew oversaw the disbanding of Destiny’s Child, and he helped ensure the fact that no one besides Bey has had a career post-Destiny’s Child. But those machinations are long over (right?!?) and Bey has been on top for a long time. Long enough that her daddy got himself a wandering dong, knocked up some woman, and had a love child and a side-order of baby-daddy-drama. But that controversy was more than a year ago – why did Bey fire her daddy now? Hint: it has to do with gospel music. PRAISE IT!

Beyonce is all grown up. After a professional lifetime together, the superstar and her father, Matthew Knowles, have parted ways, with Matthew no longer managing the “Halo” singer.

“I’ve only parted ways with my father on a business level,” Beyonce tells UsMagazine.com in an exclusive statement. “He is my father for life and I love my dad dearly. I am grateful for everything he has taught me. I grew up watching both he and my mother [Tina Knowles] manage and own their own businesses. They were hard-working entrepreneurs and I will continue to follow in their footsteps.”

Indeed, Matthew Knowles, with then-wife Tina at his side, was instrumental in launching his daughter’s career as a young singer and entertainer, from the beginning of Destiny’s Child and even earlier.

Matthew explains to Us exclusively of the momentous decision: “We mutually agreed to part ways in terms of me managing Beyonce, as my focus is in the investment of Music World Entertainment’s growing gospel and inspirational music division, which includes Top 10 artists Trinity 5:7, Brian Courtney Wilson, Micha Stampley, Vanessa Bell Armstrong and Dr. Juanita Bynum.”

He continues: “Because of the success of all of these artists, my focus has to be on gospel now. I am also still going to continue on with my joint venture with Columbia to work on Destiny’s Child and develop new artists, like the UK pop band From Above, plus Music World’s kids music division.”

As for who will now manage the superstar, who plans to release a new album (a follow-up to her smash I Am . . . Sasha Fierce) later this year?

“Beyonce has the knowledge and experience to make that decision and no final decision has been made yet,” Matthew says.

[From Us Weekly]

Sure. Do you think Mathew was pushed, or did he jump? I have a few theories, but it doesn’t really matter. After years of taking his 10%, Mathew will be fine, and so will Beyonce. Now we just need to convince Bey to fire her mom. Tina and her tacky fashions make Mathew Knowles look like Quincy Jones.

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  1. Roxy75 says:

    She is so pretty.

  2. the original bellaluna says:

    I thought she’d already fired him once, then took him back. Now he’s fired again? Meh.

  3. k says:

    I thought this happened ages ago?

  4. Quest says:

    Mathew was pushed so hard off the Sears Tower, and got a mid-air screw over to land head first onto the Gospel industry.

    To the left…to the left

  5. jay says:

    ’bout time, really. But then, Bey stood by and let him squander/squash the careers of her group mates. Interesting.

    As to the gospel music world; loves me some pretty gospel music. However, I find it interesting that a man with an out of wedlock child, a wandering dong, a questionable business man, unscrupulous as it were, can be successful in the world of gospel music…but a gay singer is persona non grata. Gots to love the righteousness.

    Point of note: not all people feel that way, no. But it annoys the hell out of me. And it’s time for Bey to take a break. A real break. I for one won’t miss her conniption fit dancing for a while nor her incessant need to be in on everything, even doing music she has no business doing just to be on the tip.

    Damn, I think I’m bitchy today.;-)

  6. LadyBert62 says:

    In that picture, she needs to redo her roots – the dark ones are showing! Since she dumped dad as manager is her hubby going to take his place?

  7. Leticia says:

    Quest, hilarious! brilliant!

  8. EarthWindFire82 says:

    Yeah, Mrs. Tina can’t really do well with clothes. Maybe she should focus on choir robes.

  9. Dorothy says:

    It’s been a lonnnnnnggg, A long time coming… and I know a change HAD to come! Oh yes it did!

  10. serena says:

    Her father is a dickhead, literally.

  11. Hautie says:

    I suspect he has been taken alot more than 10% over the years.

    I wonder if her annual income tax filing, prompted this removal of him from her management.

    But Beyonce married a man who obviously knows a thing about diversifying and growing a brand. And does not strike me as a man who would let her do anything foolish.

    So it will be interesting to see who takes over her management.

    Ohhh and I agree Daddy Knowles, manage to squash any of those girls from the Destiny Child line-up’s… of making any serious money.

  12. TxGal says:

    For a woman that has millions she dresses very tacky.

  13. nnn says:

    Beyonce lost her musical soul a long time ago.

    For me the only albums she did that were worth it was the first two with DC4 and mainly “The Writing On The Wall” which is her best ever. Then her sophomore solo album “Dangerously In love’ and that’s it !

    She has no original sound amymore, like let’s say a Whitney or a Mariah or a groupd like SWV had.

    She just go with the flow, like having a duet wuith the rising IT star of the moment GAGA while others establised stars of her stature wouldn’t do it. But beyonce is so intoxicated by success that who ever is the number one is good to collaborate with, ust so she still got the spot light.

    She is so desperate to fit in and be successful no matter the sh*t she is selling NOW that she has traded down her original sound, always changing it and caving to fit mood of the day.

    She has lost herself and I am not a fan of her music anymore like I used to be.

    I don’t even think that she sells as much as she used to do hence she wants to do movies.

    I rememebered a decade ago, when she did her first movie, her father saying that movies were where the real money is. That you have to sell lots of albums to reach that amount of money movies offer abd and that was beyonce’s future, again because of the money.

    I don’t care if she likes money, it’s her prerogative. I just find it sad and frustrated that one of the few left intrinsically talented of these days, one that has the power to change the route of what music has become because aspiring artists want to emulate her, just follow the trend of those young mediocre instead of leading with quality.

  14. lucy2 says:

    I thought she fired him a while back too, but can’t say I blame her, she probably feels like she can’t trust him.

    She is a beautiful woman, but I agree her styling is usually pretty bad. Oddly enough, I still remember seeing ads for some of her mom’s clothes and they were very nice, but then the stuff she wears is always a little odd and unflattering.

  15. ordinarygirl86 says:

    I’ve never really been a fan of Beyonce, I think she’s just another disposable pop star. She’s not original and is mos def not an ICON like she’s portrayed herself to be. That being said she needs a style overhaul because she’s had the same look for years- I’d love to see her without her weave and lace front wigs. (gives side eye to Britney’s unbeweavable hair also)

    Maybe with a cute short hairstyle? At the very least I wish she’d stop with the blonde, she’s been rockin that SAME shade for years. Red? Black? Brown? I mean I can at least give someone like Rihanna or Gaga props for changing it up every once in awhile

  16. jover says:

    I agree ordinarygirl86 – I would add the more she markets herself the more common she becomes if she did anything interesting other than pose on red carpets this would be tolerable but she is totally pedestrian and I sympathize with your comments nnn but I don’t believe beyonce ever had the musical talent, knowledge or interest to blaze a new musical trail.

  17. the original bellaluna says:

    @ lucy2 – Sadly enough, B’s mom has been her stylist/dressmaker (and Destiny’s Child’s before that) for a long, long time. Or at least she WAS for a long, long time. Def unflattering.

    @ ordinarygirl86 – One of the reasons for her “consistent” hair is probably her contract with L’Oreal. You’re not allowed ownership of your hair while under contract for hair colour/care products. Since she shills for Feria, that could be it.

    ITA with you about the blonde, extension-infested hair. Not a good look on anyone.

  18. Hakura says:

    @Jay“’bout time, really. But then, Bey stood by and let him squander/squash the careers of her group mates. Interesting.”

    I was curious about this statement. I’ve heard the rumors, of course, but what exactly did Matthew Knowles do to mess up the other girl’s careers? I *loved* Kelly Rowland’s first solo album, I didn’t understand why it didn’t get more attention than it did.

    So there were specific things he did in order to assure their careers wouldn’t get off the ground? If so, there’s absolutely NO way Beyonce didn’t KNOW what he did… If she remained with him knowing that, then she’s as guilty as he is.