Beyonce's Dad, Mathew Knowles, Sparks Controversy After He Says This About Singer's Mom, Tina

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Beyonce’s dad, Mathew Knowles, has been no stranger to making comments about his otherwise very private family. Now, he has opened up about his former relationship with Beyonce’s mother and his ex-wife, Tina Knowles.

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Interestingly enough, he made his comments about Tina as he does his media rounds for his upcoming book, Racism: From the Eyes of a Child. While Beyonce has embraced her heritage in multiple ways, Mathew’s mother had a different take on things.

“When I was growing up, my mother used to say, ‘Don’t ever bring no nappy-headed Black girl to my house,’" he revealed. "In the deep South in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, the shade of your Blackness was considered important. So I, unfortunately, grew up hearing that message.”

How did Beyonce’s mother, Tina, make the cut? Mathew explained he didn’t actually know she was African-American.

“I have a chapter in the book that talks about eroticized rage. I talk about going to therapy and sharing – one day I had a breakthrough – that I used to date mainly White women or very high-complexion Black women that looked White. I actually thought when I met Tina, my former wife, that she was White. Later I found out that she wasn’t, and she was actually very much in tune with her Blackness.”

He said that, like his mother, he had issues when it came to embracing his blackness. He tried to date women of other races, especially Caucasian females, in hopes of getting over the hate he had for his own race and himself.

Even though Mathew explained his theory and thoughts, Twitter had mixed feelings about his statement anyway. Many spoke out and shunned him while others commended him for bringing light to a topic that is often seen as taboo.

Twitter Has Lots To Say, Too

One pointed out that Tina’s complexion was the only reason Mathew saw her as acceptable.

Another said he was right and connected it to the negative experiences that women with darker complexions often have.

One fan said they were surprised that Mathew was one of the first to open up about his “internalized colorism.”

Another said this is just an indication of how good his book could be.

One fan said Mathew must have been on some type of substance to think Tina could pass as a woman of another race.

Another fan made it clear that Mathew’s interview doesn’t necessarily deliver a shock factor.

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