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Matthew Knowles has received an unexpected and unwanted present for Father’s Day:
The vitriol of the Beyhive.
Earlier this week, Beyonce gave birth to her twins, with multiple sources confirming that she and Jay Z are now the proud parents of child number-two and child number-three.
Not much else is known about the blessed event or the babies themselves, although Us Weekly alleges one is a boy and one is a girl.
TMZ, meanwhile, reports that a “minor” health issue has led to a lengthy stay for the newborns; as of this writing, they remain hospitalized.
Beyonce is also still in the hospital, but just to keep an eye over her kids, both of whom are expected to be just fine.
Her father, conversely, is in pretty rough shape at the moment, reputation-wise.
Matthew became the first member of the Knowles family to break this monumental piece of news, taking to Twitter on Sunday morning and writing the following:
“They’re here! #beyonce #twins #jayz #happybirthday.”
Nice, right? Sweet, no? Harmless and inspired by love, correct?
Wrong, nope and incorrect, apparently.
A legion of dedicated fans have responded to Knowles’ Tweet not with messages of congratulations, but with messages of annoyance and irritation.
They’re angry that Matthew had the gall to announce this baby news before the mother herself.
“You should delete this and let Bey announce it,” Instagram user @wikimct wrote, while a fellow Internet commentator added:
“It’s not real until the queen herself reveals it.”
Over the years, Matthew and Beyonce have not had the best relationship, it’s true.
He was once fired as her manager, for example, and he’s divorced from her mother, Tina.
But does anyone out there really think Matthew was trying to steal Beyonce’s thunder here?
That he isn’t simply a very excited grandfather who did wait to reveal the twins’ birth until after a handful of celebrity gossip outlets had done the same?
It would be one thing of Matthew shared photos of the babies without his daughter’s consent. That would be very inappropriate.
However, he isn’t revealing anything in this Tweet that hadn’t previously been revealed by approximately 877 other websites first.
Beyonce and Jay Z have managed through the years to be perhaps the most famous and most successful couple in Hollywood… while also being one of the most private.
They’ve made a career out of controlling their images and their narratives as well as any celebrities out there, which is likely why the Beyhive is so riled up in this instance over Matthew’s actions.
But it’s Father’s Day.
Can’t we cut the guy a break and simply all celebrate together?
BEYONCE IS A MOTHER AGAIN!
JAY Z IS A FATHER AGAIN!
BLUE IVY A BIG SISTER FOR THE FIRST TIME!
This is an exciting time for all of mankind. Let’s stay together and raise our collectives glasses as one, okay?
Please join us in sending best wishes to Beyonce, Jay Z and, yes, the entire Knowles family.
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Solange Knowles won a Grammy Award on Sunday night.
But that didn’t stop the singer from using her social media platform to lay into the ceremony just a day later.
Despite ABC confirming that Rachel Lindsay will be the first black Bachelorette in show history last night, Solange believes the entertainment world has a long way to go before it achieves true racial equality.
And she used some history and a bit of math to prove her point.
“There have only been two black winners in the last 20 years for album of the year there have been over 200 black artists who have performed,” Solange Tweeted yesterday.
In a second, since-deleted message, she added:
“Create your own committees, build your own institutions, give your friends awards, award yourself, and be the gold you wanna hold my g’s.”
Solange’s mini rant came after Adele defeated Beyonce in all three major categories at the 2017 Grammys, most notably Album of the Year.
Voters decided that “25” deserved the honor more than “Lemonade,” an outcome that stunned Adele more than anyone.
“I’m very humbled and I’m very grateful and gracious, but my artist of my life is Beyoncé and this album to me, the Lemonade album, was just so monumental,” Adele said in her acceptance speech.
She continued to lavish praise on her good friend and non-rival while on stage, addressing Beyonce herself at one point.
“It was so monumental and so well thought-out and so beautiful and soul-baring,” Adele gushed.
“We all got to see another side to you that you don’t always let us see and we appreciate that. All us artists here adore you. You are our light!”
Solange, meanwhile, Tweeted her criticism of the Grammys not long after she also posted a link to an anti-Grammys Tumblr post written by Frank Ocean.
In his note, Ocean came down hard on the annual event for giving Album of the Year to Taylor Swift’s 1989 last year over Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly.
Ocean didn’t even submit any of his own work for Grammy recognition this year in protest.
He insisted that the awards show suffers from “cultural bias and general nerve damage.”
In response to Ocean’s letter, Solange Tweeted, “wuddup frank.””
Solange won a Grammy this year for Best R&B Performance for her singles “Cranes in the Sky,” but the award wasn’t included among the televised categories.
“Thank you for your well wishes. Gratitude. If I would’ve gotten to accept this, I would’ve said black girls/women ARE grammys mothaf—ka,” she wrote on Sunday in another since-deleted Tweet alongside a photo of herself holding the trophy.
A year after #OscarsSoWhite trended for weeks, a similar movement is cropping up around the Grammys.
Many fans believe Beyone’s Lemonade was snubbed after it won just two awards, despite being nominated for nine.
Rihanna, meanwhile, was nominated for eight Grammys and won zero.
“I felt like it was her time to win,” Adele said backstage on Sunday evening, adding for good measure of Beyonce:
“What the f-ck does she have to do to win Album of the Year?’
Sadly, you know what Solange and other critics would say in respose, right?
They’d say Beyonce has to change her skin color.
Beyonce almost broke the internet earlier this week by taking to Instagram to reveal the news that she is expecting twins.
Turns out, the baby news was so secretive that she even kept her father, Mathew Knowles in the dark about it.
The 65-year-old has now revealed to The Insider’s Debbie Matenopoulos that he found out the exciting news via Instagram.
“I was shocked,” Knowles explained.
“Let me tell you what happened. I got a first text, and I was like, ‘Why is this person saying congratulations?’ Then I get a second text from one of my students at Texas Southern, and I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ He was like, ‘Go to the web.’ I didn’t know myself.”
However, Mathew seemed to think that the way she went about the announcement was “smart.”
Well, the picture has emerged as the most liked picture on Instagram in the history of the site.
“That was very smart that she did it rather than someone else, [like] the media, doing it. So I think that was a really smart move on her part,” he said.
He also pointed out he thinks “it was strategy” and “there’s more to come.”
He does have a point. Beyonce likes to have an element of surprise around announcements. Back in 2013, she released Beyonce straight to iTunes without a prior announcement.
It worked in her favor and was a roaring success with fans and critics alike. This tactic continued with Lemonade.
“I guess that’s why it’s Beyoncé, right?” he joked. “She’s always been like that.” “She was quiet as a kid,” he noted.
“It’s when she got on the stage that everything [changed]. Sasha Fierce, remember?”
The doting father contacted Beyonce as soon as he got wind of the pregnancy.
“I was like ‘B,’ [and] she said, ‘Hi, Dad.’ I was like, ‘You’re OK?’ Because she sounded a little tired because she’s working on the GRAMMY performance.”
“We just had a wonderful daughter-dad conversation,” he added. “[But] I’m not gonna tell you all of that.”
On top of that, he revealed that Beyonce was ecstatic with the reaction from fans.
“Absolutely she feels the love,” he said.
“I know I feel the love for her. I’ve probably gotten at least 250 text messages. So, I’m feeling the love for her and I’m sure she’s feeling and seeing the love.”
When quizzed about becoming a grandfather to the two new editions, it was evident that Mathew was excited.
“I’m extremely, extremely proud and happy, both with Jay and her,” he gushed.
“And [their daughter] Blue Ivy is gonna have some brothers and sisters.”
“Blue Ivy is already excited,” he continued.
“Beyoncé and I had a great conversation yesterday. I’m looking forward to seeing her soon and I told her, ‘Look, slow down a little bit. You need to slow down a little bit.'”