Beyoncé’s dad made an unlikely appearance on Good Morning Britain today (February 13).
He came on the show to promote his new book Racism from the Eyes of a Child, but presenters Kate Garraway and Jeremy Kyle were more interested in talking about his famous daughters.
In particular, the duo wanted to ask Mathew Knowles about Solange’s fight with Jay-Z in a lift back in 2014 after attending the Met Gala.
Taking a very diplomatic stance, he said: “I hope and I feel very calm about this and comfortable that both Solange and Beyoncé were given the tools that they need to be successful.
“Are they going to make mistakes? Absolutely. But mistakes are an opportunity to grow, not a reason to quit. And so I feel comfortable about that.”
Mathew then went on to admit that he is worried about how prejudice may affect his daughters’ lives.
He explained: “I’m more concerned about what’s going to happen to them when we look at racism and colourism around the world. That’s my concern.
“It’s kind of like [Michelle] Obama said – she wasn’t concerned about [Barack] getting assassinated, she was concerned about him going to a grocery store to get gas and someone attacking him because he’s black. Let’s not forget, racism is all across America and all the world.”
Mathew also repeated his claim that one of the factors of Beyoncé’s success is her lighter skin tone compared to other black artists.
“It’s a fact,” he added, noting the success of other acts with lighter skin tones, such as Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys and Rihanna. “Colour does make a difference in pop radio.”
He famously managed Beyoncé throughout her rise to fame and for the duration of her time in Destiny’s Child.
But when she established herself as a solo artist, she decided to part ways with Mathew in a business sense.
Commenting on her decision, Mathew added: “It’s always hard for a parent to let go but I felt the same way when I was growing up. I didn’t want to be in my parents’ nest as I got older. That’s only natural. I think all of us have experienced that with our parents. So I understand that.”
Good Morning Britain is on ITV, weekdays at 6am.
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