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Why Solange Knowles Feels “Far Older Than 27”

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Solange Knowles was more than candid in the new issue of Harper’s Bazaar when discussing her life as a single mother. The singer, who divorced her high school sweetheart and son’s father at the age of 20, even opened up about her relationship with her ex, Daniel Smith.

“We co-parent really well,” she told the magazine. “I’m able to say, ‘I need to finish this album, can you step up and take care of the boy?” … Luckily, I dated all of the losers ages ago. My love life has been stable for a while,” she said about her boyfriend, video director Alan Ferguson. “It’s a f*cked-up thing … Without conflict it’s a lot harder to write interesting songs.”

That’s when Beyonce’s little sis explained that she has learned a lot during her twenties. “Everyone talks about how, in your 30s, all of these growing pains transition into wisdom and you feel more self-assured and confident, but I think I had a bit of a jump-start on that at 27,” she said. “For the first time in my life, I’m basing every decision around the idea of whether I want to do it or if I think it will be inspiring. And that’s paid off for me.”

“In a lot of ways, emotionally and mentally, I feel far older than 27. Just going through a marriage and a divorce, which I essentially did by 21, will give you an insane amount of perspective on life,” the mom explained.

Knowles moved to New Orleans last summer from Brooklyn and according to the publication, enrolled her nine-year-old son, Julez, in a local school that fall. Solange is currently working on her new album and according to the singer, Louisiana is the best place to knock it out.

“I figure there’s no better way to buckle down and finish it than to be as far away from everyone as possible, cell phone and computer behind,” she told the magazine. “I’m not very good at writing songs when I have a lot of clutter in my mind.”

Check out the rest of Solange’s interview here.

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Chris Graham Reveals Best Advice Cousin Drake Has Given Him

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There’s a new member to the OVO Sound family. Drake’s Toronto-based label is expanding it’s roster, and this time the new addition is actually family.

Drizzy has signed his first cousin Christopher “Royalty” Graham to OVO.

If you couldn’t tell from the last name, the Memphis-bred rapper is actually blood-related. His father and Drake’s dad, Dennis Graham, are brothers, and it’s safe to say music definitely runs through their genes.

We caught up with the new signee, who now just goes by the stage name Chris Graham, at the 2017 American Music Award’s about his upcoming project, who’s a better singer him or Drake, and the best advice his big cousin has given him.

 

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