Mathew Knowles Gives Awkward Interview About 'Lemonade,' Says He's "So Proud" of Beyonce
Beyonce's father gets frustrated at questions about how autobiographical the album is in regard to his relationship with his daughter and ex-wife.
Mathew Knowles spoke out about Beyonce's Lemonade visual album in an interview that had a few tense moments.
Sirius XM host Mark Thompson interviewed Beyonce's father while he was in class with his students at Texas Southern University. Thompson said Knowles requested the interview himself, but when the "Make It Plain" host started asking questions about whether or not parts of Lemonade were true, Knowles got increasingly frustrated.
Thompson played a clip from Lemonade, from when Beyonce is presumably talking to her mother about an abusive relationship. He asked Knowles if he thought Beyonce was referring to him. "I don't know but I don't think so," said Knowles. "I've never in my life hit my daughter."
Thompson clarified that Beyonce was referring to someone hitting her mother, and Knowles responded by saying, “Well, there’s no way that we can get into the mind of Beyonce. Only Beyonce can answer who specifically she was talking to."
"I’d rather not get into speculation, so my answer is I don’t know," added Knowles. "I can only speak of being a proud father. I think Beyonce pushed the envelope of creativity on this HBO special.”
The SiriusXM host responded by playing another audio clip. “You remind me of my father, A magician. Able to exist in two places at once. In the tradition of men in my blood, you come home at 3 am and lie to me. What are you hiding?” says Beyonce.
Knowles refused to answer. "I have no reaction sir," he said "I know the response you want to get. You’re not going to get that response.” When pressed, Knowles deflected by talking about the large response the album has produced online.
“I think that’s incredible,” said Knowles, loudly. “I am so proud of Beyonce, because that means the body of work that she did has made that type of impact on the marketplace. Everybody’s talking about it, everybody’s tweeting about it.”
He said he has not spoken to Beyonce since the visual album was released but stressed that he does speak to her, contrary to what he says the media makes it seem like.
At one point in the interview, Knowles scolded Thompson for his questions. "You're sounding like a kid, asking me that," said Knowles, adding that he was 64 years old and didn't care what people think of him. "They're trying to sell advertising," he said to his class, referring to Thompson and his show.
After saying he hopes Beyonce and her sister Solange team up to make an impact, Knowles repeated that he is "very proud" of his daughter. He said that Lemonade is "probably" Beyonce's "best body of work" and commended her for bringing awareness to Black Lives Matter as well as challenges people have with marriages and their parents.
Once the interview was finished, Thompson said he wanted it on the record that Knowles reached out to him and not the other way around. "I don't like people suggesting that I had some kind of agenda," said Thompson.
Listen to the full interview below.