Saturday 16 December 2017

Beyonce's father denies stealing

Beyonce Knowles parted ways with her former manager, her father Mathew, earlier this year
Beyonce Knowles parted ways with her former manager, her father Mathew, earlier this year

Mathew Knowles has said his relationship with his superstar daughter Beyonce is still "amicable", but claims people close to her have tried to destroy his reputation with allegations of theft.

Knowles - who managed the Crazy In Love singer until she dropped him this spring - spoke about papers he filed in a Texas court recently, which accuse members of her camp of falsely claiming he stole money from her.

In the documents Knowles alleges that members of Beyonce's camp, which he says includes her label, Columbia Records, Live Nation and her superstar husband Jay-Z's Roc Nation, have made "negative comments about me".

"We absolutely have not taken any money from Beyonce, and all dollars will be accounted for," he said in an interview. "In no way have we stole money. Again, this about the people who have made these claims - they have to come into the light."

Knowles guided his daughter's career since she was child, first to superstardom as part of Destiny's Child, and then as she continued with her solo career. Beyonce has sold millions of records, won numerous Grammys, is a lucrative spokeswoman for different products, and has also had considerable success in film with movies such as the Oscar-winning Dreamgirls and the movie Obsessed.

When Beyonce announced in May she would no longer use her father to guide her career, she stressed that at almost 30, she was ready to control her own affairs and pledged her adoration for him.

"He is my father for life and I love my dad dearly. I am grateful for everything he has taught me," she said at the time.

Knowles said he had no problem with his daughter, but painted a picture of a concerted effort to oust him from the helm of her career.

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