Solange Knowles’ stock continues to ascend in the entertainment world. The 26-year-old singer, DJ and eclectic fashionista nabbed the coveted summer 2013 cover of Brooklyn Magazine. In her interview, Knowles explores her love for the borough, remaining authentic within the music industry and the challenges of working as a single mother.
Though the “True” crooner has access to more resources than the average single mother, she’s still one of the 10 million women heading a household with a child under 18. Knowles is mother to eight-year-old Daniel Julez Smith Jr. She’s been co-parenting with her ex-husband, Smith, after their divorce in 2007.
Balancing her parenting responsibilities and her bustling career has been difficult for Knowles, but she credits prioritizing and outside assistance for keeping her sanity.
“[Motherhood] is definitely a balancing act, and it is not at all easy. I do the best I can, which involves a lot of saying no to things, actually, and a lot of really organized scheduling and a lot of help, to be honest,” she explains in the interview.
She also details how she recorded the “True” album while Julez was in school.
“We were living in LA and I was writing and recording this album literally between the hours of 9am and 3pm every day because that was the time that Julez was in school,” she says. “We were completely isolated, we didn’t have any family or long-term friends there, and we didn’t have that support system built in there that we have in New York.”
Her life is hectic, but she enjoys the pleasantries of motherhood.
“I played BAM on Friday, and the following morning I had to pick Julez up from a sleepover and take him to parties, one over in Flatbush, one over in Red Hook. And luckily I have a car here, but sometimes I feel like nothing more than a next-level carpool driver,” she says.
Other highlights from Knowles’ interview include:
On the importance of family:
“You know, my parents are here, my sister is here, my cousin is here, all my friends are here. We really wanted Julez to have the experience that we had growing up—being able to drop in on his aunt’s house and being able to hang out with Grandma and see our friends and have that experience of actually having a soccer game and having family show up. It’s such a beautiful feeling, but also having that village is a necessary reality so that I’m able to pursue my passion both outside of motherhood and outside of my career.”
On relocating to Brooklyn, New York:
“I’m still a newcomer here, but I feel like because my family moved to New York when I was 17, that I have a longer and deeper connection. And I think about the times when I would come and visit them, and I would always spend a lot of time in Brooklyn. So it feels like an extension of me, living here, because I spent so much time here before.”
Read Knowles’ entire interview at Brooklyn Magazine.