B eyonce has split from the only manager she’s ever known: her father, Matthew Knowles. He has guided his daughter’s career since her early days as a member of Destiny’s Child, and the superstar singer said that the decision to part ways was mutual and amicable. “I’ve only parted ways with my father on a business level,” Beyonce said in a statement. “He is my father for life and I love my dad dearly. I am grateful for everything he has taught me.”
In a separate statement, Matthew Knowles emphasized his commitment to his company, Music World Entertainment, “The decision for Beyonce and Music World Entertainment to part was mutual. We did great things together, and I know that she will continue to conquer new territories in music and entertainment,” Matthew said.
“Currently, I am very focused on the tremendous investment that our record label has made in the gospel/inspirational genre of music and on our supremely talented roster of artists, including Trin-i-tee 5:7, Brian Courtney Wilson, Juanita Bynum, Micah Stampley, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Pastor Rudy and others.”
It was not immediately apparent who, if anyone, would replace Matthew Knowles as Beyonce’s manager — but some are already beginning to speculate that her husband, Jay-Z, might be her new manager under the Roc Nation brand.