BEYONCE’S dad Matthew Knowles says he doesn’t think the superstar would be as popular if she had “darker skin”.
He made the comments during an interview with Ebony when he took on “colourism” in the music industry.
Matthew asked: “When it comes to black females, who are the people who get their music played on pop radio? Mariah Carey, Rihanna, the female rapper Nicki Minaj, my kids [Beyonce and Solange], and what do they all have in common?”
The interviewer replied: “They’re all lighter skinned,” to which Matthew agreed and said: “Do you think that’s an accident?”
Matthew, 66, who allegedly has a strained relationship with his daughter was taking part in the interview to promote his book Racism: From The Eyes Of A Child.
He went on to say that when he first met Beyonce, 36, and 31-year-old Solange’s mother Tina he believed she was white.
Matthew said: “I actually thought when I met Tina, my former wife, that she was White. Later I found out that she wasn’t, and she was actually very much in-tune with her Blackness.
“When I was growing up, my mother used to say, ‘Don’t ever bring no nappy-head Black girl to my house.’
“In the deep South in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, the shade of your Blackness was considered important. So I, unfortunately, grew up hearing that message.”
Matthew quit his job when Beyonce was ten-years-old to help her become a star.
He went on to manage her hugely popular group Destiny’s Child with Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland.
Matthew stopped working with the mum-of-three in 2011 following a rumoured fall out between father and daughter.
In her 2013 documentary Life Is But A Dream Beyonce said it was “difficult” period but concluded they both “knew it was time”.