Beyonce’s father, Mathew Knowles, hasn’t had an easy go of things lately. Not that he’s entirely free of blame (quite the contrary, actually), for it was probably his love child from an extramarital affair that caused his wife, Tina, to file for (a so-called “amicable”) divorce after almost 30 years of marriage. Then, in March of this year, he and Beyonce parted ways professionally — meaning that he would no longer act as her manager. Beyonce issued an obligatory statement about how much she loved her father, but it just wasn’t working out to keep him on as manager. The details were sketchy, but the pair insisted that they had “mutually agreed” to go separate ways, careerwise, and Mathew emphasized that “my focus has to be on gospel now.” I know, right?
Apparently, the circumstances surrounding Mathew’s departure from Beyonce’s entourage weren’t quite that simple, as you may have already guessed. TMZ has the inside word on a documents that Mathew has filed against Live Nation, whom he alleges destroyed his professional relationship with Beyonce:
In the documents — obtained by TMZ — Mathew Knowles claims Live Nation Entertainment wanted desperately to sink its fangs into Beyonce’s 2011 world tour. According to the docs, Mathew claims Live Nation told Beyonce that Mathew “had stolen money from Beyonce on her most recent tour or otherwise taken funds that [he] was not entitled to.”
Mathew claims Live Nation was effective, because Beyonce had her law firm conduct an audit, and the law firm concluded Mathew had indeed pilfered money from her. Beyonce then fired him.
Mathew claims after he was canned, Beyonce hired a manager who had worked as a former exec at Live Nation and maintained a relationship with the company.
Mathew insists the theft accusations by Live Nation are false, and he wants the judge to give him the right to take depositions of various people at Live Nation, to determine just how they concluded he was a thief.
We could not reach Beyonce’s rep for comment.
While Live Nation has its own checkered past reputation to contend with (and bands like Nine Inch Nails have likened the company to a quasi-legitimate scalper), the Department of Justice presumably had enough faith to approve Live Nation’s merger and absorption of Ticketmaster last year. So without knowing more about the relevant documents and evidence at hand, I can only assume that Live Nation, while sketchy, is probably a lot more trustworthy than Mathew Knowles, who can at least rest easy while knowing that he had nothing to do with Beyonce’s latest overwrought, tweaked-out music video. Small mercies, folks.
Photos courtesy of WENN
There’s some fascinating irony in Beyonce’s hair.
Fake hair. Fake color. Smooth, sleek and flat on the red carpet curly as a mother f>cker on stage.
And there HAS to be some skin lightening going on, she doesn’t even have an ounce of natural brown in her skin anymore.
That haystack hair – those outfits – dang, she looks awful. Sorry about Dad, he sounds rather rotten.
Normally I would jump at the occasion to bitch about beyonce, but in this case, I think someone should make the point that this was a wise business decision of hers, no? I mean, way to stick up for yourself. Firing your dad can’t be easy, especially since he’s managed her practically all her life.
That hair is AW-ful.
He gives me the creeps.
I don’t know. Matthew Knowles sounds as creepy and ruthless of a stage daddy as “Papa Joe”, Jessica Simpsons’ father. However, I believe Matthew was good for Beyonce. He’s made smart business decisions throughout Beyonce’s career and has proven himself as a capable manager by doing whatever he could to get rid of Beyonce’s competition (including her own group members) to make her into an international superstar. I’m sure he was overbearing and demanding, but does Live Nation really have Beyonce’s best interest at heart more than her own father? I need to know more about this accusation and exactly how much money Matthew allegedly stole from Beyonce. Anyway, it seems like her music has gone down the tubes as of lately. I don’t know why it seems to be so difficult to create an album comparable to her debut album which I thought was her best.
I guess Beyonce is smarter than I thought. YOu can’t have your manager taking money from you even if it’s your own family member. But something tells me that she was upset at her Dad for cheating on her Mom and used this as the excuse to get rid of him as her manger. Divorce is hard on kids (even big kids) and they kids usually take the Mom’s side. Especially since Dad cheated.
yes, she is morphing into Shakira.
The only thing Mr. Knowles did wrong was support an ungrateful annoying twit!
And she looks like a bad lion king movie with that disgusting wirey wig!
Ok, so Dad’s a lying SOB….shocking! But more importantly….that hideous crocheted outfit actually comes in TWO colors?
I really like Beyonce and I think its great that she has distanced herself from her father. He did good thing to get her started and now that she is married, she can develop as her own.
But what I really wanted to talk about is that I read comments on Celebitchy often and I’m sick and TIRED of you all claiming that Beyonce must of bleached her skin.
All black people are not brown. Beyonce has been light skinned from day one and yes black people can tan. There is nothing fake about her skin color.
As far as wigs and weaves are concerned, they are just something some women of color do fairly often. I don’t understand the fascination of black hair. When white people get extensions you don’t really seem to care, but black women are called fake for doing it?
I don’t think its that big of a deal.
Not this overrated overexposed twit again; she makes “music” to feed her vulgar overthetop life that she rubs in our faces; if there is a GOd, this cd will fail and she and her tacky clothes, toy music, and plastic fake corporate persona will disappear;the fact that she publicly talks about herself in legendary terms is reason enough to despise her – depsite the boatloads of cash she’s wheedled, I’m betting 30-40 yrs from now her music will be forgotten. Without the endless hype/marketing she’s not that much.
I can’t imagine being at a place in my life where I speak to my father via attorneys and trust a corporation over his word. Fame must be a biotch.
I am not a black woman, but I agree with you 100%. A lot of people pop out looking nothing like their parents, and African-Americans are no exception. Genetics are funny that way. One of my good girlfriends is half-black, with a father who is darker than a cup of espresso. She looks very white, MAYBE Italian or Latina. It really bugs her when people right away say, “oh, that’s not your real dad, right?”
As for the hair extensions – I don’t care what race you are, hair extensions are the bomb! No one seems to care that Britney’s been working them since she was seventeen…
Sounds to me like a legitimate audit was done that did, indeed, conclude her dad was stealing from her and that the stealing wasn’t based solely on Live Nation’s claims.
I remember when Beyonce was on the top of her game and he said on an interview that she would retire when she turned 30 because she’d been working her whole life. Yeah, she reached the age, hasn’t retired but her music sucks big time now. Careful what you wish for…
Other artists (actors/singers, etc) who keep saying they will retire for years should stop saying that too, maybe they will be “forced” to do so…
This is sad. Father allegedly pilfers from daughter, daughter fires him. Are they even still on speaking terms? A lot of money sure makes things complicated, doesn’t it?
“All black people are not brown. Beyonce has been light skinned from day one and yes black people can tan. There is nothing fake about her skin color.”
Yep…nothing fake at all that she is now in real life the SAME SHADE as the Revlon ad which was digitally altered to make her lighter.
I find the defense ‘not all black people look alike’ redundant. No, indeed they do not. But each black person usually looks LIKE THEMSELVES. Beyonce has become significantly lighter with time (something fellow group mates Kelly and Michelle have not).
Beyonce light as she ever was in the past held a caramel base tone to her skin which was always present, now…she’s basically white and pink.
Don’t get the Beyonce hate. How does she rub her lifestyle in our face? She hasn’t called me recently to brag…did she call you? I’ve heard from a couple of regular folk who have met her that she’s actually quite sweet and humble in person. I get that a lot of people think she’s overexposed, but why malign the character of someone you don’t know personally?
Riana, why are you obsessed with her skin color anyway?
Its really creepy to me that you are worried about whether or not her skin color is real.
You do know that the majority of photos taken of her involve lots of light… take that into consideration and try not to make yourself sound racist.
Sigh..beyonce doesnt go into sunlight that often, of course she is gonna get lighter! um, compile a list of white celbrities that doesnt wear a weave please. thanks.
Is this about where you feel the need to insult/judge me for not loving Beyonce as much as you?
“Riana, why are you obsessed with her skin color anyway?”
An observation isn’t an obsession, don’t make yourself look silly. This is literally the first thread where I have commented on her skin. Why are you so disturbed by a comment that has no reference to you?
“Its really creepy to me that you are worried about whether or not her skin color is real.”
Then I suspect you live a very sheltered simple life. Beyonce is a black woman and there are many issues with black women’s image and self confidence in a media which is mostly Caucasian centric. Nose jobs, skin lightening…all aspects of black culture which slowly appear in black women in the public eye. It is worth debating and considering why this is once you’re an adult. It is good to debate things on a deeper philosophical level and think for yourself.
“You do know that the majority of photos taken of her involve lots of light… take that into consideration and try not to make yourself sound racist.”
Please…before you really make me question your intelligence. You can make any excuse but you can’t really defend this issue and would be smart to stop replying to me. I have seen her in multiple lights, multiple areas and have noticed in each picture no matter what she is wearing, whether she has makeup on or not, or if it is a candid or magazine shoot she is indeed significantly lighter than she was in the past. Thus why I finally commented for the first time and apparently deeply troubled you for not merely gushing about her.
i dont think she’s lightened her skin..but something is different…and not her nose cuz she got a nose job ages ago.
i know im going to killed for this lol but i find beyonce UGLY…HA i said it. look at that top pic..COME ON!!!!
she really isnt as hot as she thinks she is…that new video, holy shit is she narcissistic, its frickin disgusting.
@ jover, THANK YOU. so well put too 🙂
I personally love Beyonce’s hair and yes, other races, besides African American women (and some men) do wear extensions, weaves, wigs, lace-fronts, etc…I want to know how much money did her father “allegedly” take from his daughter. Considering Beyonce made the Forbes list more than once, how much is considered “a huge amount”? And Beyonce is no where near ugly. I would rather hear, “I don’t think Beyonce is attractive”. And Yes people are entitled to their opinion, but “ugly” she is not!! And I agree about the comment concerning Beyonce’s skin tone. It would depend on the lighting. I am a dark complexion African American woman. In some pictures, I may appear lighter or darker……………..but beautiful none the less!
Riana, you aren’t the only person that has commented on her skin but usually whenever a post about her is made there are numerous comments about her skin color.
So, yes I do believe a number of commenters on this site are obsessed with her skin color.
I just find it questionable that people can’t accept that people of African decent are not always deep brown.
I was pale as snow white the day I was born, I’ve been brown, and I have been very dark due to being out in the sun and I have tan lines that are much lighter than my skin.
I’m still black and I would be offended if anyone would claim that I bleached my skin because I’ve been looking a lot lighter recently.
Thankfully Beyonce has so much money that she can pay others to finally manage her career properly. Because if she had to do it herself…She isn’t the most intelligent female celebrity. And I doubt if it was solely her decision. Most likely her husband’s as Beyonce is way too accustomed to having men manage her career, like her father. Now she has traded in her father for JayZ and is lucky that he doesn’t need the money.
Most people know to keep their relatives on a tight leash where money is concerned.
“I just find it questionable that people can’t accept that people of African decent are not always deep brown.”
Where did I ever suggest every individual of African descent is a deep brown? That’s silly, what I am suggesting is a very real process many blacks go through. I in fact do believe Beyonce being paler on the spectrum helps her hide it where it would be more obvious on another individual. Sammy Sosa for example.
“I was pale as snow white the day I was born, I’ve been brown, and I have been very dark due to being out in the sun and I have tan lines that are much lighter than my skin.”
I think most intelligent individuals understand what a natural tanning and lightening process looks like…however I am also aware of what skin which has been through hydroquinone treatment looks like (as well as other procedures) and the pinkish exceptionally pale tone it can take when done to excess.
“I’m still black and I would be offended if anyone would claim that I bleached my skin because I’ve been looking a lot lighter recently.”
I believe most blacks would…but that doesn’t mean they haven’t done it. Just as women react negatively to being asked if they had nose/boob jobs and botox when a simple photo comparison proves it. No one likes to be accused of feeling inadequate and MANY Black Americans and Africans use hydroquinone and t-retinoin as well as peels to even their skin tone/remove signs of sun damage but at times go overboard or continue using it because much of the media they deal with is more favorable to lighter skin tones than darker ones.
I doubt it was just about him stealing money. I’m sure he’s been taking money not due him since they were kids. Would probably also be the fact that he cheated on her mother and had a child out of wedlock (sign that he’s reckless). Also the fact that e-mails surfaced of him throwing Beyonce under the bus to video game execs after she backed out of a video game deal.
I think the bigger issue here is why does she have that outfit in two different colours? Both colours look like a tablecloth that’s been a cat toy for a year.
Bleaching is really going on in Hollywood and some parts of the world. Niki Minaj being another black celeb that looks nothing like any picture of her produced a year past today. Lil Kim and Vybz Kartel are two others that stand out.
A lot of black people are born really light and get darker naturally or over time due to sun exposure. That has nothing to do with the growing number of black celebs bleaching or even magazines deciding to photo shop them to be lighter. Not sure why you’re taking this personally.
I think she’s taking it personally because it seems to be the new and acceptable way to bash and denigrate black artists you just don’t like. The more you say it and will it to be true because of a dislike of this woman the more bigoted and racist you sound. Oh course you can then talk about her hair as that seems to rile you too. Yes people have bleached their skin before, it does not mean she has. Yes I’ve looked at her pictures and her skin tone changes from picture to picture, not in chronological order, depending on the lighting, the camera, whether she has a tan or not. Exactly the same as Europeans, or infact any human. It seems strange that you’d comment on a story about embezzlement and talk only about her hair and skin colour. If you don’t understand black, mixed ethnicity skin tones, don’t put out your intentionally derogatory theories.
“that hideous crocheted outfit actually comes in TWO colors? ”
Ya, exactly what I was thinking. Beyond ugly.
“The more you say it and will it to be true because of a dislike of this woman the more bigoted and racist you sound.”
So racist indeed…racism’s true depth has been lost to individuals who merely hurl it around as if its meaningless. Commenting on a cosmetic procedure is not a form of racism.
“Oh course you can then talk about her hair as that seems to rile you too.”
You’re right…I do find the bleached skin (my opinion) and blond hair quite interesting. Seeing as Beyonce who was born a little darker, with typical Black American hair and a wider nose has ‘changed’ some aspects of herself does ‘rile’ me up. If you think Blacks in the media aren’t pressured to fit an aesthetic closer to typical Caucasian features you’re deluding yourself.
“Yes people have bleached their skin before, it does not mean she has. Yes I’ve looked at her pictures and her skin tone changes from picture to picture, not in chronological order, depending on the lighting, the camera, whether she has a tan or not. Exactly the same as Europeans, or infact any human.”
And this would be your opinion wouldn’t it? One I have no interest in debating…so why the need to inform me? I have my opinion and you have yours.
“It seems strange that you’d comment on a story about embezzlement and talk only about her hair and skin colour.”
Not so strange, the story on embezzlement is in its infancy. There’s hardly anything to comment on because nothing has been proven or even really stated. If Papa Knowles does really go through with a public lawsuit…well then we’re cooking, but if mayhaps you missed it pictures of Beyonce were a part of the story. Strange you didn’t reply to anyone else commenting on her hair or dress.
“If you don’t understand black, mixed ethnicity skin tones, don’t put out your intentionally derogatory theories.”
And if you don’t understand my background and why I think what I do (I assume psychic is not in your job description) perhaps you should save your claims of ‘intentionally derogatory theories’ for another topic rather than embarrass yourself.
“Not this overrated overexposed twit again; she makes “music” to feed her vulgar overthetop life that she rubs in our faces;”
– Yes, its called having a job. We all do something to feed our lifestyles. She just happens to be more successful at it than most of us.
“if there is a GOd, this cd will fail and she and her tacky clothes, toy music, and plastic fake corporate persona will disappear”
– Wow. I hope that if there is God that he/she has better things to do than orchestrate the downfall of someone who at least actually *works* for their fame and fortune.
“the fact that she publicly talks about herself in legendary terms is reason enough to despise her”
– Despise? Yikes.
“I’m betting 30-40 yrs from now her music will be forgotten.”
LOL. Thats actually a pretty long time. i would be suprised if there are many artists these days who will be considered timeless legends in 50 years. So your point is…..apart from the fact that you are unpleasant and irational?
@riana, you’ve assumed I’m talking directly to you, good. However my comment does apply to others and could be copy and pasted into most threads about Beyonce. Regardless of the topic of the story you made it about her skin colour. I expected your condescending reply and the reflex belittlement. All the best.
You can quote me on that.
How can you say that any person who makes mention of Bey’s facial changes hates her. She’s a very talented singer and dancer. It’s really no different than Michael Jackson, how people made mention of the changes in his appearance all while buying his albums.
How does commenting on the possibility of her skin being bleached make someone a racist or bigoted? I am black and I come from a family of varied complexions. I also happen to be lighter skinned…not sure why you would assume that would change my view point on bleaching.
35# mingy understood exactly what i was saying – your response didn’t address or refute any of my points and expressing my opinion isn’t irrational or unpleasant.
First, re my point that her music is forgottable. Lets see: jimi hendrix, janis joplin, zeppelin, black sabbath, carlos santana, roy orbison, aretha franklin, james brown, to name a few, their music from 35-50 years ago is played everywhere so there are real artists from 4 decades ago whose music is played today – your dismissal is really a backhanded admission that bey’s toy music is junk and has no reason for existing other than to make bey rich since it is devoid of meaning or content.
Since bey doesn’t read music, write music or play an instrument the real question is why is she making music other than the fact that she’s been programmed to do this from a young age and she has no other talents. BTW.shaking your rear and thinking your a modern day mozart isn’t a job, it’s an embarassment.
Since beyonce has already been debated extensively on this thread, I’ll say this;
I SERIOUSLY don’t understand the beyonce hate around here.
She’s made amazing hit songs, and her live performances are PHENOMENAL. (speaking as a fan who HAS seen her live). Not to mention that she’s a VERY attractive woman, with or without makeup and a weave.
The nose job accusations & minor ‘tweaking’ are irrelevant since 99% of celebrities HAVE done and are expected to do that. Even the ones u’d never suspect. The skin lightening accusations are also irrelevant, because it’s equivalent to white people tanning themselves silly. Which is each person’s own prerogative. (btw, her skin looks the same to me, but just for arguments sake)
Oh and in my opinion, she has MORE talent in her pinky than Rihanna, Katy Perry or Britney, who ironically DON’T seem to get as much hate on this website.
Give it a rest people.
she’s always looked like shakira imho but i agree with another poster I think this is revenge for her dad cheating. she was probably told to take sides and she chose her mother- they have a clothing business togther so it was all a bit messy really she was great at glastonbury though.
Exactly. I had heard some B fans were a little rabid when it comes to defending her but never really experienced it till now. I said nothing about her character just what she has possibly done cosmetically but you’d have thought I called her out her name or told her to ‘ go back to Africa’ considering folks springing up racism (hilarious) and such.
I am not sure if I would take Live Nation word over the man who gave up 6 figures to make sure his daughter became the star that she is today. He has sacrifice a lot for her to be where she is…
When there is money involve and people may want more or get greedy anything is possible.
As for her and her looks well, Beauty is within the eye of the beholder…
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