A woman who alleges Beyonce's dad Mathew Knowles fathered her baby daughter has asked for privacy as she fights for child support. Taqoya Branscomb hit headlines on Tuesday (08Jul14) when it emerged she had filed suit in a Harris County, Texas court seeking a DNA test to prove that music manager Knowles is her little girl's dad.
The plaintiff claims she fell pregnant after a fling with Knowles in 2010 - the same year his ex-wife, Beyonce's mum Tina, filed for divorce.
However, Branscomb insists she is not looking for fame.
A statement issued to U.S. daytime show The Talk reads: "I have taken the necessary legal action against Mathew Knowles. With that being said, it's in my best interest for this to remain a private matter for now. It was never my intention for this to become a public matter."
Knowles has yet to comment on the lawsuit.
Stylist Tina Knowles moved to end her 31-year marriage to Mathew after discovering he had been cheating on her with another woman, Alexsandra Wright, the mother of his four-year-old son, Nixon.
Mathew is already paying Wright child support, although earlier this year (14), his monthly fees were reduced from $12,000 (£7,058) to $2,400 (£1,412) after arguing his income had dropped significantly since he was fired as Beyonce's manager in 2011.
Beyonce's dad Mathew Knowles has been hit with a second paternity lawsuit from a woman who alleges he fathered her child. In legal documents obtained by TMZ, Taqoya Branscomb filed suit in a Harris County, Texas court, claiming she became pregnant after having a fling with Knowles in 2010 - the same year his ex-wife, Beyonce's mum Tina, filed for divorce.
Branscomb is asking Knowles for a DNA test, declaration of paternity and child support.
Tina Knowles initially split from her ex-husband after finding out he was cheating on her with another woman, Alexsandra Wright, whom he also got pregnant.
They share a four-year-old son, Nixon, and earlier this year (14), Knowles's child support payment was reduced from $12,000 (£7,005) to $2,400 (£1,411)-a-month after his income dropped when he was fired as Beyonce's music manager in 2011.
Pregnant R&B star Kelly Rowland spent her weekend (21-22Jun14) getting her hands dirty as she helped to build houses for families in need in Los Angeles. The former Destiny's Child singer, who is expecting her first child with new husband Tim Witherspoon, refused to let her growing baby bump slow her down and teamed up with officials at the non-profit organisation Habitat For Humanity on Saturday (21Jun14) to aid a construction project in the Compton neighbourhood.
Rowland donned a pink T-shirt promoting the charity and shared snaps of herself and former bandmate Beyonce's stylist mother, Tina Knowles, brandishing hammers on her Instagram.com account.
90210 star Shenae Grimes and actress Camilla Belle were also photographed taking part in the 10th anniversary of the annual Power Women Power Tools event.
Rapper Jay Z and his sister-in-law Solange Knowles appear to have put their infamous feud firmly behind them by posing for photos together during a family lunch date in New Orleans, Louisiana. Beyonce's husband and younger sibling hit headlines last week (12May14) when surveillance footage obtained by TMZ.com captured Knowles lashing out at Jay Z in an elevator at The Standard Hotel in New York, where the trio had attended an afterparty following the Met Gala on 5 May (14).
Beyonce released a rare statement addressing the "unfortunate incident" on Thursday (15May14), insisting both Jay Z and Knowles had "apologized to each other", adding that they had all "moved forward as a united family". The trio came together over the weekend (17-18May14) as Beyonce, Jay Z and their daughter Blue Ivy paid a visit to Knowles in her new home base of New Orleans, where the relatives enjoyed a relaxing lunch.
Beyonce has since shared a few pictures from the get-together with fans online. In one image, she is photographed beaming alongside her smiling husband, her mother Tina Knowles, and sister Solange, while another snap shows Beyonce and Blue Ivy seated at an outside table, chatting to Solange's director boyfriend Alan Ferguson, as the Losing You singer talks to her son Julez in the background. A third shot captures Jay Z and Ferguson laughing as they bond with nine-year-old Julez.
Given the recent statements Beyoncé has made along with some backlash she's received from others, it has to be asked: Is Beyoncé a fake feminist? On the one hand she makes grand statements, like this one, taken from a recent Out Magazine interview:
There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality. There is a double standard when it comes to sexuality that still persists. Men are free and women are not. That is crazy. The old lessons of submissiveness and fragility made us victims. Women are so much more than that. You can be a businesswoman, a mother, an artist, and a feminist—whatever you want to be—and still be a sexual being. It’s not mutually exclusive.
It sure sounds like a feminist sentiment, doesn't it? She is saying all of the right things here. But Beyoncé is an icon, a businesswoman; she's someone whose very career depends on (among many other things) her ability to say the right thing. But what do some of her actions, or inactions, tell us about her true thoughts on feminism?
Thigh Gap and Messages About Body Image
Beyoncé recently came under fire with accusations of photoshopping an Instagram shot of herself. In the picture, people claimed that the gap between her thighs was created through photo manipulation (they observed some strange effects on other parts of the picture). If it's true, then that is certainly problematic for a so-called feminist. Obviously, Bey gets photoshopped all of the time for her high-fashion shoots (which are fabulous), but to do so with an Instagram picture sends another message: that her natural, un-retouched body is not something she wants to share with everyone. This is a corrosive message to send to her fans, especially the younger lot, considering our culture's epidemic of body image issues. Beyoncé is often such a great champion of her curves, but this alleged manipulation sends a contradictory message.
Mrs. Carter Versus Beyoncé
When Bey announced the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour she got a lot of heat from fans who wanted to see their Queen Bey, not Jay Z's wife. The very concept of taking your husband's last name still sparks debate among women and feminists, but to be a pop star known for songs like "Independent Women," "Survivor," and "Run the World (Girls)," calling yourself "Mrs. Carter" is bound to spark some controversy. Around this time, Beyoncé also released the track "Bow Down" which many found offensive to women (due to the repetition of the lyrics "Bow down b**ches"). In her defense, it has to be said that being proud of your husband's name (especially when your husband is Jay Z) should not automatically be deemed anti-feminist. And "Bow Down" was really a playful track that functioned as an ode to Houston trap music. She also used the song to address her break from music and her new position as a wife and mother: "I took some time to live my life/but don't think I'm just his little wife."
The "Drunk in Love" Conundrum
Bey has been attacked in the past, most recently for her husband Jay Z's lyrics, playfully referencing the abusive relationship between Ike and Tina Turner on Beyoncé's "Drunk in Love" track. But Jay rapping "eat the cake, Anna Mae" is just that — it's playful. The joke may be lost on some — and may, indeed, be inappropriate, but one could argue that asking people to stand by literal interpretations of their music is problematic. Still, Beyoncé never spoke on the issue... but does she ever address specific issues in feminist debate?
Gender Equality, According to Bey
Now, in Beyoncé's defense, she did write a piece titled "Gender Equality Is a Myth!", and has spoken up about equal pay — props for that! And, sure, that alone could make her a true feminist! But it was another piece filled with clichés. Do we know where Beyoncé stands on harder issues like abortion and birth control? No. And we probably never will, if Beyoncé plans to keep on being Beyoncé. She's not a controversial figure, for the most part. She's loved and enjoyed by feminists and non-feminists alike. So she seems to say just enough to claim the title "feminist," without alienating any other part of her fan base. And the truth is, there's nothing wrong with this. It could even be that she is, simply, a pop star first and a feminist second.
If Beyoncé is a fake feminist or a real feminist (a difficult question ultimately, because everyone does not agree on the definition of the word), it's significant that she claims the title, and that she's speaking up (even if in clichés) when she could really say nothing. Some ask, "Who cares?" Who cares if our celebrities are feminists?" But for some of us, feminism is actually a fairly simple idea that should be embraced by everyone. So yes, it matters if Beyoncé is a feminist. And, even if it's difficult to discern her true intentions, it's good to see her bringing awareness to the very idea. Now, if we can just get her (and other celebrities like Miranda Kerr and Kim Kardashian) to stay away from the photoshop tools they have (allegedly) been using on their Instagram pictures, we'd be making great strides over here.
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Celebrities always thank their moms at awards shows, but some of these mothers have been especially instrumental in their children’s careers. Be the mothers figures of adversity, celebrities in their own right, or simply just strong, supportive, caring role models, there's no denying how big an impact they've made on their children.
Here are just a few of the most impressive moms behind some of our favorite stars.
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Solange Knowles parents' attempted to stop her from following in the footsteps of elder sister Beyonce overs fears she would miss out on a normal teenage life. The 27 year old first got a taste of performing on stage in 1998 when she filled in as a back-up dancer for her sister's group Destiny's Child, and Solange was eager to make become a music superstar like her sibling.
However, her parents, Tina and Mathew Knowles, who had been helping with Beyonce's career since she was eight years old, were well aware of how taxing the work would be on a child.
In an interview with U.S. magazine Harper's Bazaar, Solange admits, "My parents constantly tried to talk me out of being an artist. They had gone through the whole journey with my sister and just wanted me to have a normal teenage life."
Her parents eventually gave in, and when Solange was 16, her father, who also served as her manager, helped her sign a record deal.
Beyonce's father Mathew Knowles has won a reduction in his child support payments by more than $9,000 (£5,402). The former music manager was ordered to pay his former mistress Alexsandra Wright $12,000 (£7,202)-a-month after a paternity test proved he is father of her son, Nixon, who was born in February, 2010.
However, his superstar daughter dismissed him as her manager in 2011, greatly decreasing his income from a reported $3 million (£1.8 million) a year to $127,000 (£76,212) in 2013.
Because of his plummeting income and a reported $51,000 (£30,605) spent on monthly expenses, Knowles asked a California judge to lower his child support payments to Wright, and his request was approved, according to TMZ.com.
Now Knowles is only required to hand over $2,485 (£1,492) a month, which is $9,515 (£5,711) less than his previous payments.
Beyonce's mother Tina filed for divorce from her husband of 29 years in 2009 just weeks after Wright submitted her paternity lawsuit.
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Beyonce and Solange Knowles joined forces to host a star-studded party for their mum, Tina Knowles, on Saturday (11Jan14) to celebrate her 60th birthday. The Crazy in Love hitmaker and her sister gathered with Jay Z, Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Hudson, Kris Jenner and singer/actress Monica for the masquerade-themed celebration at Muriel's Jackson Square in New Orleans.
Guests arrived via horse and carriage and were required to wear masks to enter.
Knowles turned 60 on 4 January (14).