Footage obtained by TMZ at the time showed Solange repeatedly lashing out at Jay-Z as he stood in the corner of the elevator at New York bar The Standard, before she is eventually restrained by a bodyguard.
Appearing on ITV’s Good Morning Britain earlier today, Matthew Knowles directly addressed the incident and admitted that the incident had provided an “opportunity to grow”.
“I hope and I feel very calm about this and comfortable that both Solange and Beyoncé were given the tools that they need to be successful”, he told hosts Jeremy Kyle and Kate Garraway.
“Are they going to make mistakes? Absolutely. But mistakes are an opportunity to grow, not a reason to quit. And so I feel comfortable about that.”
And as he gears up to release new book Racism from the Eyes of a Child, Knowles admitted that he’s concerned about the potential impact of racism in the lives of his daughters.
“I’m more concerned about what’s going to happen to them when we look at racism and colourism around the world. That’s my concern”, he said,
“It’s kind of like [Michelle] Obama said – she wasn’t concerned about [Barack] getting assassinated, she was concerned about him going to a grocery store to get gas and someone attacking him because he’s black. Let’s not forget, racism is all across America and all the world.”
Meanwhile, Beyonce will make her live return later this year with a performance at Coachella, her first since her 2017 pregnancy saw her being replaced by Lady Gaga.