Solange Knowles is what the industry would call a triple threat: Singer, actress, fashion icon and we will throw in, an incredible mother.
But while Knowles continues to tap into her creative space, unfortunately, it all comes with a price.
As Beyonce’s younger sister prepares to wrap up her forthcoming album, there have been a slew of sacrifices, including leaving her 11-year-old son, Daniel Juelz Smith, which she opens up about in a lengthy Instagram message.
“8 gigs, 8 studio sessions, 6 flights, in 2 weeks….but got to sleep in my bed for 2 nights,” she wrote. “While I was home Julez pulled out my chair for me at lunch, said he’d sell his Nintendo so I could get a dress I loved when we went stopped by a store, and said he sees Chinese symbols when he listens to Alice Coltrane.”
She continued, “He’s phenomenal and I’m in love with he and it’s really really hard to be away. I cried this morning because this is the longest we’ve been apart and my insides kind of split in half when I headed to the airport, but I’m working really really hard to finish this damn album and so grateful to have his and my hubby’s support.”
The beauty went on to explain that she uses Instagram as an outlet while dealing with emotions and sacrifice.
“I like to use IG to create and share a little color and laughter in my life, and to see the beauty and fun in things in the midst of a lot of hard ass work and sacrifice that goes along with it,” the 29-year-old wrote. “Its just not fun to show the 18 hour studio days, even when I’m sick as hell, coughing all up on @audio_nino (sorry Nino) , and then getting up at 6am to tackle the 400 borriiinnng emails @johnbogaard and I exchange daily (sorry john, but you do make me lol for every 10 emails),while trying to balance running multiple businesses and still find time to dedicate to issues that are important to me.”
The Texas native added, “At the end of all, just when I think I’m going to do something crazy like get a face tat or shave my eyebrows off, or spray paint my hands metallic silver and then do the home alone scream, so I have permanently have shiny handprints on my cheeks, my heart just explodes with gratitude….that this is my life.”
Solange concluded, “I couldn’t be more grateful, humbled, and really, God honestly, blessed. So suck it up bissh, and stop being emo and whiney on the insta, and get the fuck back to work…..cuz you knooooow you took this pictures weeeeeks ago when you actually were glowing like that, lol. (Although to be fair, I could’ve worn this in 80 degree Nola yesterday ) ok. bye.”
Solange dropped her True EP in 2012, but hasn’t released a studio album since Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams in 2008.
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