Mathew Knowles Demands Retraction for Beyoncé Story

Mathew Knowles

Mathew Knowles Demands Retraction for Beyoncé Story

Knowles family patriarch denies “rift” with Bey and Jay-Z.

Published March 28, 2013

 Mathew Knowles is demanding a retraction from and threatening to sue U.K. publication The Sun, according to,

In an article published earlier this week, The Sun offered quotes from an "exclusive interview" with Knowles, a.k.a. Beyoncé dad.

In the quotes used, Knowles made no specific mention of his son-in-law, Jay-Z or his granddaughter, Blue Ivy; however, the headline and subheadings certainly did: "I always did my best for Beyoncé... fans can decide if she’s better off now with Jay-Z — Former manager talks about family rift for first time — Mathew Knowles has reportedly not yet met Blue Ivy."

A statement from a rep for Knowles revealed that the patriarch made no mention of Jay and Blue at all during the entire interview, and took issue with the language used in the final article.

"Mr. Knowles did not mention Jay-Z’s name in the interview at any point. He did not state that any ‘bitter rift’ exists between him and his daughter, Beyoncé or that he has been pushed or cut out of her life. He also never stated that he has not met his granddaughter Blue Ivy. When in fact, it has been well documented that he has met his granddaughter, a fact that was made clear on Beyoncé’s HBO documentary, seen around the world with him holding his granddaughter."

The rep further details how Knowles was mislead in participating in the interview.

"The British Sun and the reporter were notified in advance that Mathew would not discuss personal family topics or information. The reporter told Mathew that the interview was a feature on him, his career and what he is doing now. However, no information about his career was even included in the article released."

On the site, The Sun has noted intentions to publish the interview in full this Sunday (Mar. 31).

Knowles’ rep said his camp also has the "complete, unedited recording ... and the full article that was supposed to published, which discredits and proves the slanderous manipulation of lies and inaccurate quotes reported by The British Sun."

Similarly, Bobby Brown filed suit this week against a stateside publication, The National Enquirer.

Reportedly, the "Don’t Be Cruel" singer is seeking $1 million in damages for a story that ran March 2012.

The article claimed that he was cheating on his then fiancee Alicia Etheredge with his famed ex-wife, Whitney Houston, and that he and Houston were planning to re-marry.

This was just weeks after Houston’s shocking death. Brown married Etheredge the following June.

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Written by Sia Barnes


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