Beyoncé's father Mathew Knowles says his daughter's 'lighter complexion' is reason for her mainstream success

PTI

Feb,07 2018 17:00 03 IST

Singer Beyoncé Knowles father, Mathew Knowles said artistes such as his daughter are successful because they have a light-coloured skin.

In an interview to Ebony Magazine, the music icon's father and former manager said her ethnicity helped her rule the mainstream music charts.

"When it comes to black females, who are the people who get their music played on pop radio? Mariah Carey, Rihanna, the female rapper Nicki Minaj, my kids (Beyonce and Solange), and what do they all have in common?"

When the interviewer asked if it was because they had lighter complexion, Mathew replied with a question, "Do you think that's an accident?"

Mathew Knowles with Beyoncé/Image from Twitter.

Mathew Knowles with Beyoncé/Image from Twitter.

Beyonce's father was instrumental in Destiny's Child's rise and also managed the Lemonade singer's solo career until 2011. They parted ways professionally shortly after he split from Beyoncé's mother Tina Knowles.

Mathew Knowles also said that his mother used racial slurs about dark-skinned women and encouraged him to date white women, adding that he thought Beyoncé's mother Tina was white when he first met her.

Beyoncé  has often talked about rebuilding her relationship with Mathew since his separation from Tina.

The father-daughter duo have since appeared in photos together on social media.

Published Date: Feb 07, 2018 17:00 PM | Updated Date: Feb 07, 2018 17:00 PM