Tina Knowles, Beyonce’s mom, filed for divorce from Mathew Knowles


Remember that National Enquirer story that broke back in October, claiming that Mathew Knowles, Beyonce’s dad and manager, had fathered a love child with a Canadian woman, who was suing him for paternity? Well, sources are speculating that this secret love child was the final straw for his wife, Tina Knowles. TMZ is reporting that Tina has filed for divorce after 29 years of marriage. Twenty-nine years of marriage…and horrible outfits!

Tina Knowles filed divorce papers in Harris County, Texas last month, in an attempt to end their 29-year marriage.

Back in October, Mathew was hit with a paternity lawsuit from a woman who’s not his wife — no word if that affected Tina’s decision to pull the plug.

Mathew has been Beyonce’s manager for years, so there could be a ton of cash up for grabs in the split.

The couple has two children together: Beyonce and Beyonce’s younger sister.

[From TMZ]

Is 2009 the Year of the Secret Love Child, or what? Mathew Knowles is more than the dad who made his daughter an international superstar – he’s also the CEO of his own record label, Music World Entertainment, home of Beyonce, as well as fellow Destiny’s Child artists Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland, and several other emerging artists. So he’s no slump in the fortune department. Tina, meanwhile, is the co-founder and CEO of the fashion line House of Dereon. It will be interesting, to say the least, to hear how the couple’s considerable list of assets gets split. I doubt they have a prenup.

Tina and Mathew together at the Hollywood Walk of Fame (for Destiny’s Child) on March 28, 2006. Also, Tina Knowles at the premiere of ’Cadillac Records’ on December 1, 2008. Credit: WENN.


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  1. Risa says:

    I like how the couple’s children are referred to as “Beyonce and Beyonce’s younger siser.”….

  2. Firestarter says:

    About time another woman of a cheating liar got some sense!

    Take him for what he is worth (and what he stole from his daughter).

  3. heb says:

    So…they both have money, this must mean they legitimatley hate each other.

  4. Sumodo says:

    Beyonce’s millions up for grabs? I bet pops wishes NOW that he took up Jay-Z’s offer to manage Beyonce. That could have been a done deal, without worrying about lawyers attaching her father’s portion of Beyonce’s future earnings. YEEEOOOOUUUCHH! No wonder Beyonce has said in interviews that she wants to take time off and travel incognito!!!

  5. Toe says:

    She should’ve divorced his ass long time ago and she looks soooo much better with dark hair.

  6. hmm says:

    I have to say that Tina handled this situation with class and maturity. She didn’t spill details to tabloids, she filed her papers, and kept it classy.

  7. Praise St. Angie! says:

    Risa, I thought the same thing! How harsh for Solange/Basement Baby.

    Even *I* know her name, it’s kind of a snub that TMZ didn’t even print it.

  8. MaiGirl says:

    Those photos look like well-lit mug shots! I’m sorry to hear that a long-standing marriage is breaking up (my parents have been happily married for 47 years, so I am a proponent of long marriages), but it sounds like he’s been out ho’ing. I find the both of them tacky in every way, anyway.

  9. Laura says:

    Actually, Kelly Rowland has cut ties with the label. She was tired of getting shuffled to the side and not being paid attention to. Good riddance because Matthew Knowles was ALWAYS going to be putting his own family first.

    Hopefully Michelle gets wiser and cuts ties with him too.


  10. Shannon says:

    Hmmm…the timing is very appropriate. The world is transfixed on Tiger Woods and his wife right now. I wouldn’t doubt if Tina had been planning to divorce Matty, but wanted to get the timing right so she wouldn’t screw with Beyonce’s career.

  11. wow says:

    @ Hmm – yes, totally agree. Real classy.

    I think that is in part due tot he fact that she has her own money, career and identity outside of him. It makes it a bit easier to move on when you have your own. ‘Bout time she did it.

  12. lucy2 says:

    That’s a shame when such a long marriage breaks up, but it sounds like she just had enough.
    Should be interesting to see how it goes for Beyonce, since she has business dealings with both of them. At least they’re separate companies, but I’m guessing she’s going to be stuck in the middle of a lot of it.

    Hi, my name is Beyonce’s younger sister. Ouch.

    Tina looks very pretty with the darker hair, never realized before, the lighter hair was too distracting.

  13. Sumodo says:

    Weren’t there rumors a long time ago that Kelly Rowland wasn’t Beyonce’s “cousin,” rather, she was Mathew Knowles’ lovechild?

  14. filthycute says:

    Why did she married that wall-eyed beast in the first place?

    I use his moustache to sweep my front porch.

  15. axb says:

    @filthycute: OMG! SOOOO funny! good one 🙂

  16. Jojo says:

    This guy is so many shades of Joe Jackson.

  17. Sudini says:

    Good for her for deciding not to put up with the dirtbag anymore – I truly wish her all the best.

    And I agree with Toe- she looks SO much better with dark hair. Go-jus.

  18. K-Love says:

    A woman gotta do, what a woman gotta do.

  19. beachbum says:


  20. diva says:

    I hope he fights her over creative control over that hideous “House of Dereon” joke of a couture line and shuts it down for good.

  21. Lem says:

    how many kinds of wrong is that white shirt?

  22. QB says:

    The only asset Tina haves is that shitty clothing line and she is only owner of half of it. So they will be fighting over Matthew’s asset because he is the one making most of the money , he gets around 10 to 15% of Beyonces salary since he is her manager , plus he got 10 to 15% of DC’s earning , plus his other business venture. So is going to be a fight for the money he made out of his daughter and her “friends”.

  23. ton says:

    oh please. if she were so classy she’d have better fashion sense.

  24. ViktoryGin says:

    Okay, so here’s the deal on Daddy Dearest:

    Music World Entertainment is just an elaborate excuse for the perpetuation of Beyonce. While I like Bey, Pops seems to be rather inept when it comes to handling anyone else’s career. Or worse, just doesn’t give a fuck. Jon B (who in the 90s was essentially Prototype A for the “blue-eyed soul” of Robin Thicke & Justin Timberlake) elected to leave Music World because Joe Jackson 2.0 wouldn’t provide him with the proper support for the release of his album. No promotion. Nothing. Predictably, the album went nowhere. Kelly Rowland made a smart move when she broke with the label. They were trying to fashion this nympho-sexpot image for her that pathetically had her resembling the poor man’s Beyonce. Then to add insult to injury, when she tried premiering her solo at the BET Awards in ’07, Matthew had her follow Beyonce with a weak song that was set too low in her vocal range compounded by epileptic girating. Consequently, the instrumentals completely overpowered her and you could not hear her. At all. She just looked P-I-T-I-F-U_L because that image works for Beyonce, not her. And Matthew knew that. And it it is partially his neglect that is the result of the “Sister Who Apparently Doesn’t Possess a Name”. SOLANGE is actually quite talented, but her talents weren’t fostered like they should have been for the sake of big sis. Furthermore, being a native Houstonian, any projects/artists that Music World would put their name behind went absolutely nowhere.

    Matthew Knowles, in the industry, is known for being a good hustler but a hustler nonetheless. He is NOT a legit music exec. So, honestly, good for Tina. Beyonce’s on top of the world. Tina no longer has any reason to stay.

  25. ogechi says:

    why is it that everybody talks of money when marriages are mentioned??? are we marrying for money or for love?? women pls lets have a re-think!!!!

  26. lucy2 says:

    You know, it’s funny – I’ve seen some ads for HofD that actually have some very nice gowns and stuff. But then anytime I see Beyonce out wearing other stuff from that line, it looks horrible. And the every day stuff looks kinda trashy.

  27. ViktoryGin says:

    @ ogechi

    Marriage and money go hand in hand. In fact, historically it’s acted more as an economic and mere social perpetuating institution in various cultures than it has in the previous hundred years or so. Marriage for the primary purpose of love (which I’m assuming is your implication) is a rather recent development chiefly perpetuated by the American media machine. Many places still practice arranged marriages. They tend to have lower divorce rates due to more sobering, realistic expectations of matrimony. Then you add entertainment biz marriages to the mix, which mean that more often there is a huge question about the division of assets. Moreover, considering what a mockery they make of it and their mates, love doesn’t seem to be the chief concern in many situation. Next up, money. And then there’re the kids…. *side eye*