Beyonce‘s father has suggested that the fight between Jay Z and Solange earlier this year was staged to sell tickets for Beyoncé and Jay Z’s On The Run tour.
Matthew Knowles referred to the incident, in which leaked footage appeared to show Solange attack Jay Z in a lift at New York’s Standard Hotel as Beyoncé looked on, as a “Jedi mind trick”. Knowles was appearing on the The Roula And Ryan Show on Houston radio station 104.1 KRBE this week.
“It’s called a Jedi mind trick,” he said. “The Jedi mind trick fools you a lot of times. I know, because we’ve done this. From experience, there’s a tour going on. Everyone’s talking about it. Ticket sales went up. Solange’s album sales went up 200 per cent!”
Since the incident, the three musicians have published a joint statement in which they said they have “moved forward as a united family”.
Knowles also suggsted that Destiny’s Child, the group Beyoncé was a member of alongside Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams prior to her solo success, will reform in the next 12 months.
“Folks don’t know it, but I am still the manager of Destiny’s Child,” he said. “When you see Destiny’s Child on TV and you see them doing songs together slowly, slowly. I don’t know, it might be another Destiny’s Child album coming.”
He then added, “There might be this tour that makes history, Destiny’s Child featuring Beyoncé, Kelly and Michelle. Can you imagine what that would be like?” Asked by his hosts to cough twice if the tour will take place in the next year, Knowles coughed immediately.
Matthew Knowles managed Beyoncé for 21 years, but was replaced in 2011. This year there were reports that she fired his replacement, Faisal Durrani, to allow Jay Z to play a more active role in managing her career.
Beyoncé and Jay Z’s ‘On The Run’ tour arrives in Europe next month (September). Two nights at the Stade de France in Paris are the only confirmed dates thus far, with the couple set to perform on September 12 and 13.
The tour began in Miami at the Sun Life Stadium on June 25 and ended on August 6.