Beyonce and father splitNEW YORK - Beyonce will no longer be managed by her father, Mathew Knowles, her publicist said Monday.
The Grammy-winning singer and her father have parted ways “on a business level,” publicist Yvette Noel-Schure told The Associated Press in a statement.
“I am grateful for everything he has taught me,” Beyonce said in the statement. “I grew up watching both he and my mother manage and own their own businesses. They were hardworking entrepreneurs and I will continue to follow in their footsteps.”
She didn’t say what led to the split but her father said in a separate statement to the AP that the decision was mutual.
Knowles has managed his daughter since she debuted as a teen in the multiplatinum-selling group Destiny’s Child in the late 1990s and throughout her career as a solo artist.
Knowles oversaw all aspects of Beyonce, from music to movies to fashion and more. Her career includes 16 Grammy awards, top-grossing movies “Dreamgirls” (2006) and “Obsessed,” (2009) fashion ventures and lucrative endorsements.
During Beyonce’s teen years, Knowles prepped her and three others for a rising career as an R&B girl group, and Destiny’s Child released its self-titled debut album in 1998. Their sophomore album, “The Writing’s On the Wall,” garnered multiple hits and two Grammy awards, but the success also shook up the band and Destiny’s Child became a trio with Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
In the statement, Beyonce stressed her devotion to her father. “He is my father for life and I love my dad dearly. I am grateful for everything he has taught me,” Beyonce said.
Knowles also got personal in his statement. “I love my daughter and am very proud of who she is and all that she has achieved. I look forward to her continued great success,” he said.