Matthew Knowles has revealed that he had initially wanted Solange to join her sister Beyoncé in the hit girl group Destiny’s Child. Knowles, who found himself torn between his duties as a parent and the manager of Destiny’s Child, claims that Solange passed on the opportunity.
The revelation came in the form of an Instagram post over the weekend, in which Knowles discussed the history of Destiny’s Child and Beyoncé’s subsequent rise to superstardom.
“Many of you aren’t aware, but I personally wanted Solange to be in Destiny’s Child,” Knowles wrote. “That didn’t appeal to her. You would think joining Destiny’s Child would be a dream to her, and she had every opportunity to seize the success that the group was experiencing – but she wanted to forge her very own path.”
He continued, adding that Solange had an admirable level of self-belief in her solo endeavours, which had to surpass his wishes for her. Ultimately, he “finally supported and encouraged her decision,” knowing she would be fine either way.
“I would love for all of you to take a page out of Solange’s book,” Knowles continued. “Sometimes life brings us to a crossroads and makes us make a choice between the ‘obvious decision’ and the choice our heart knows deep within we should take. I would encourage you to not automatically discount the latter.
“The universe rewards bravery, and sometimes the less obvious choice is the one that will bring us the most happiness and success. The heart doesn’t lie! I am very proud of you, Solange…not just for what you’ve accomplished, but for who you are!”
While Solange may not have risen to such dizzying heights of fame as her sister, she has led a respectable career in her own right. Recently, she composed her first ballet score, which was used in a production by the New York City Ballet.
The composition soundtracked Play Time, choreographed by Gianna Reisen, which premiered at the Fall Fashion Gala in September.