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Solange Knowles Speak Divorce, Her Individual & Musical Freedom With Complex Magazine (Cover)

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Solange Knowles recently sat down with Complex magazine to discuss finally being able to be the true artist that she is, finding herself after divorce, being a mother to her son Juelz, and finding the balance.

On Finding Herself After Her Divorce
Solange first admits to “wil’ in” out a bit after divorcing her childhood sweetheart, Daniel Smith, in 2009. She says,“Houston’s hip-hop scene was in the forefront,” Solange recalls. “I remember going to all of these shows: Paul Wall, Bun B, Mike Jones, Slim Thug. I enjoyed the freedom and the newness of experiencing people and a world that I had not had much access to.”

On Being In Control Of Her Career
“I wanted to make all of the creative artistic decisions but I wasn’t the one paying for it. And they didn’t fully trust me to make them,” she says. “Every decision was a battle. It was exhausting. I wanted to be in a position where not only was the music fully my body of work, but everything thereafter was also my body of work. I knew that meant I had to leave and that I had to struggle.”

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On Becoming An Indie Artist
“It’s an independent label, so with that creative independence comes some financial independence,” she says, laughing. “I had to get very creative with how I was gonna pull it all together. Having an intimate team makes you much more resourceful. It comes out the way you want it to, and there’s not a committee of thinkers and observers.”

On Being Ambitious
“I have a mother who never took no for an answer when it came to her creative pursuits,” Solange says. “She started a hair salon in her spare bedroom and four years later had 30 employees. I have a father who was the first black student at his junior high and high school and had to do a lot to get to that point. So it’s really in my bloodline when it comes to having an idea and making it happen.”

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On Being A Mother To Son Juelz
“When I’m home, I’m just straight mommin’ it,” Solange says of life in Brooklyn, which revolves around 8-year-old Juelz. “School runs, play dates, soccer games, etc. You have to constantly fight for that balance and now I kinda got it under control.”

On Being Able To Release A Full Album
“It’s just about putting the music out when it’s ready. When I wake up in the morning, I get dressed for myself, I listen to what I wanna listen to, I make decisions for me. It’s been interesting to navigate that from such a young age so publicly. But life is short and you have to live for you. I would never wanna look back on my life and feel like I missed out on any of that.”

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(Photos: Laura Checkoway/JUCO/Complex)

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  • Yazmar

    Luv that she has her own style